Paradise Cove Beach
Paradise Cove Beach
4.5
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Tofurry
Renton, WA1,066 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We came to this beach around 2pm and there were cars waiting for parking spaces to open. Since the parking lot for the beach (not the luau) is so small, you have to come here very early in order to get a spot.

When we came back at 4pm, people were already leaving so it was much easier to get a space. We mainly wanted to see turtles here as we read that this is the place to see them. Unfortunately, we did not see any turtles, nor seals. Maybe it was too late in the day for them. The beach seems like a nice and less busy one though.
Written March 26, 2024
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Jay L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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ITRT
Virginia44,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Teri B
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Overall we were very pleased.. entertainment was fabulous food was delicious and I loved how they had activities there for the kids... Transportation was smooth but got caught up in traffic so we did a ride there after 5:00 p.m. and there was a lot of people already there enjoying the activities there were some long lines so we were not able to enjoy all the activities... The view was spectacular it was on a 12 acre land right next to the ocean so it is well worth going to Paradise Cove... If you're looking for a authentic luau this is the place
Written April 7, 2023
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ImOnThePath
1,464 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, FL44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Alachua, FL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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power_em
Coles Bay, Australia264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
This is a great little beach to go see the Sea Turtles, there was even a turtle with 3 legs they call tripod. The were so cute and not scared at all to come right up to you. The water is beautiful, not deep and the current is zilch, this is just a great spot for kids for those reasons. If you did not bring snorkel stuff you can see them very well when they come to the shore or across the street at the ABC store you can buy a snorkel and mask for $13.00. This beach was a real highlight for our family. If you are staying at the Aulani, I suggest walking on the street, the rocks are very slippery and pretty difficult for kids, the street is just a nice leisurely walk:-) Enjoy!!!
Written July 11, 2013
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