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Sandy Beach Park

8800 Kalanianaole Highway, Oahu, HI 96825
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Ranked #91 of 319 attractions in Oahu
Type: Beaches
Activities: Surfing, People-watching
Traveler Description: When you watch the (local) body boarders that call this beach home it is very easy to become excited and anxious to jump in to the fun. WARNING: This... more »
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Makawao, Hawaii
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Visitors beware. The lifeguards are pretty good about spotting the inexperienced, especially families with little kids. They are great about coming out, talking to them and directing them to safer beaches. The sun is also brutal here and there is little shade. There are showers and clean restrooms. Itʻs a great place to watch local bodysurfers or the pounding surf... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Probably the most dangerous beach on the island. A huge shore break that is responsible for the greatest number of neck and back injuries in all of Hawaii. It's very popular among body surfers but, from experience, I urge you to use caution here. I have nearly ruptured disc as a reminder of my carelessness!

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Edmonton, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

we just visited sandy beach and my first impression is a nice scenic drive on the way there, only about 30 min. from waikiki. you want big waves, here you go. waves are as high as 4 - 10 ft, some even 12- 15 ft. many locals come to this place so very few tourists are spotted here. many bring... More

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Rush county
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This beach could be called "Rough & tumble" or "I dare you to try and not get knocked down." The waves were fierce. My husband, who is 6'2" and 220 lbs got knocked down in a heartbeat, and he was only in a foot of water! The lifeguard said she had pulled several people out that afternoon. She gave us... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My family went twice during a week long trip in Oahu. This is a serious beach with no nonsense lifeguards. It is completely inappropriate for small children, who would do best at the low to no surf Waikiki beaches. This beach has the lovely waves, golden sand and convenient to shore toilets and showers that makes it a perfect bus... More

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Kingman, Arizona
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We only stopped here to watch the experts do what they do here - wouldn't even think of going in the water. It's one of the largest beach parks we've seen with plenty of parking and space. Good for a picnic and people watching It drives me bonkers when people don't listen to the lifeguards - they do, in fact,... More

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Allen, Tx
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beach and surf here was awesome. You must be careful as I was caught in 2 waves that took me down. If you are in the surf with kids keep them within reach. Lots of fun. We also explored the shoreline , watching the surf crash into the rocks and explored the pools of water filled with small fish.... More

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Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
16 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Warning! Run away! The waves are big - I'm a east coast (continental) wimp. These were bigger waves than I've ever experienced. I was beaten, bruised, and exhilarated. I could have been hurt but wasn't. Five stars it is!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I do not recommend surfing here unless you are a strong swimmer or know the area. There are rocks in certain areas so be careful. However, if you have a kite this is a great place to fly a kite. It's a great beach to watch people surf too.

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Laurel, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Very nice beach, but yeah, heed the warning signs! I'm a pretty confident swimmer, but you just can't predict what mother nature is going to do! One of my coworkers told me that people like to go to this beach just to see tops and bottoms get ripped off by the surf. After being in that water, I can imagine... More

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