Paradise Cove Beach

Paradise Cove Beach, Kapolei: Hours, Address, Paradise Cove Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Paradise Cove Beach
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jessica l
Pittsburgh, PA4 contributions
Jul 2021
This was some of the best snorkeling and turtle viewing we experience on the island. We stayed at the Ko'Olina Marriott so we walked to the cove from there. There are only about 12 parking spaces and they seemed to be filled even when there were only 3 or 4 other families on the beach, so driving is not a good option. There are public lots for the Ko'Olina lagoons but I'm not sure who far they are from the cove and they were almost always full when we were coming and going from the resort (there is a sign at the entrance that tells you if there is public parking available).

We went almost every day of our vacation and saw multiple turtles and a plethora of fish. The water is relatively calm, making it easy snorkeling for kids and adults who are not champion swimmers. If you have younger kids, this is a much better place to see turtles in the water than Laniakea Beach. We were able to hold our 14 month old and let him see the turtles in the water here, I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing that at Laniakea Beach because the water is much rougher there.

The beach is pretty small, but there were never more than 20-30 ppl there, making it much less crowded than the lagoons of the resort area. There are trees around the edges of the beach which provided a nice shady area to set up our towels and watch for turtles.
Written July 20, 2021
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April S
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States32 contributions
Sep 2019
Loved swimming with the turtles. The fact that there are signs on the beach about turtles must mean they see quite a few and we did. We spent a couple hours there and although there weren't many fish there were turtles and they would swim right up to you. The sand makes a great backdrop for photos and I loved every minute of it. Limited parking so come early or later in the day. We were there late afternoon and there weren't too many people there.
Written January 8, 2020
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ITRT
Virginia37,879 contributions
Mar 2022
This is the only place we saw the green turtles. The beach is small with shallow water. The cove is in the same area where the Paradise Cove luau is held. Parking for the public access beach is limited. It is not uncommon to see a line of vehicles waiting in a car line for someone to leave. This is THE place to swim with the turtles.
Written May 12, 2022
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Jay L
1 contribution
Jan 2021
This is a natural reef-sheltered lagoon (unlike the Ko Olina artificial lagoons to the south) has good (not excellent) visibility, good fish, and frequent Honu (Green Sea Turtle) visits.

Based on area snorkeling guides, we arrived a little after early afternoon low tide for 3 days running and saw 2 different Honu within 45 minutes of arrival each time. 2 of the days non-swimming companions had close (less than 1m) enounters with Honu, just wading in the shallow sandy bottom on the south end of the lagoon, never even wetting their hair. :-) Honu photos in other reviews are very representative.

The inlet to the lagoon is shallow rocky shelf, novices should stay well clear of that.

Nice mix of locals/tourists, couples/families. Good friendly vibe. Limited parking (covered in the Q&A section) keeps it uncrowded.
Written January 11, 2021
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ImOnThePath
1,227 contributions
Feb 2022
The cove itself it wonderful....great place to snorkel, so I've been told. Wouldn't know as we came and couldn't get parking. The lot they have fits VERY FEW vehicles. And there was no parking anywhere close by, so we left.
Side note: They have a luau in the evening and there's LOTS AND LOTS of parking for it; However they have an attendant and you can't park there during the day for the beach.
Written February 15, 2022
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korling12
Orlando, FL48 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
OK, going to put all of the information in here that I was looking for when I researched this beach before coming here...
Parking - 12 spots, if you get there before 8 on the weekend, maybe, after that - forget about it. If you are staying at Aulani or JW Marriott, easy walk. Also easy walk from any of the rental properties over at Coconut Plantation, takes about 12 minutes from over there.
Facilities - none, bring everything you might need, no toilets, no showers.
It gets crowded after 10 AM. Not sure what company it is, but they are running some kind of package from Waikiki, and at 10 AM the buses pull in and unload. Get there at 8 on a weekday, and just you and a few locals will have one of the most beautiful peaceful beaches on the island all to yourselves. Turtles, all kinds of fish, easy snorkeling for the kids. But like I said, 10 AM, pack it up and head out.
More snorkeling info - great snorkeling, saw moorish idols, 4 or 5 different kinds of butterfly fish, turtles, and other various reef fish. Snorkeled lagoons 1 and 2, they don't even compare to this beach. Visibility was incredible in the morning, not so great later it got in the day. No big parrot fish like Hanauma, But, having been to Hanauma many times, staying here at Ko Olina, would I drive all the way down to Hanauma, on H1, in the morning through traffic, when I can snorkel right here... nope. And oh, side note, if it has been 10 years since you have been here... traffic is twice as bad.
Long story short, it is a great little beach for some easy snorkeling. If you are lucky enough for this to be within a 10-15 minute walk from where you are staying, you like to snorkel, and you can survive a few ours without big resort facilities - this is the place.
Written August 12, 2014
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Larry L
Mililani, HI31 contributions
May 2018
Best kept secret beach in KoOlina. swim with the turtles, on occasion you'll see a seal pop up in this lagoon. Fabulous family, wedding sunset shots. Heard a rumor, a major hotel might take this over....
Written May 13, 2018
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Radmacs
Waxahachie, TX4 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
There is a path down to a beach to the right of the main lagoon at the JW Marriott Ihilani. This path leads to a secret beach and paradise cove beach. The secret beach has sand much softer than Paradise Cove's and sea turtles in the water. We saw three different sea turtles while standing on the beach, with the closest being no more than 10 feet away.
Written March 1, 2014
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travelingdrugdoc
Spokane, WA65 contributions
First time in Hawaii & on a budget. The beach is pretty & offers lots of shade in the morning. Arrived at 8am but didn't spot a turtle until 915. I suggest bringing snorkle gear or goggles for the best viewing. Truelly amazing to swim alongside a giant sea turtle for 20 minutes!
Written December 18, 2013
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m095733w
North Bend, WA65 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
In the week we were there, this was the place to see Monk Seals, Sea Turtles, and a multitude of other aquatic life. Parking is the biggest challenge but there are some public lots on either side of Disney's Hotel. If, on my return, this place is filled with "haoles" like myself that love snorkeling, .......I will regret this recommendation.
Written April 12, 2018
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