Magic Island
Magic Island
4.5
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This artificial island is a favorite with locals for picnicking, playing frisbee, or simply hanging out. Magic Island hosts many popular events and festivals throughout the year, including a spectacular fireworks display every Fourth of July. Ala Moana Beach offers excellent swimming and surfing conditions, with Magic Island lagoon boasting virtually waveless waters. Stay until sunset and be rewarded with orange and red hues bathing over Waikiki and Diamond Head in the distance. Magic Island is actually a peninsula and is easily accessible by both bus and car, although parking can be challenging from mid-morning onwards. – Tripadvisor
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GuruAvtar K
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This beach is great for smaller kids and families as it is calmer waters than most other beaches around. The water is shallow for a ways and it isn't packed with tourists. We rented snorkel gear and got to see some fish and a few corals. The snorkeling was only ok, but it only cost $10 for the snorkel gear rental so no big deal. Great place to check out and hang for the day.
Written January 21, 2020
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I had some time to kill in between appointments and Magic Island was the closest park and beach.

The parking lot was quite empty on a weekday so parked quite close.

I headed to the beach first. Passed by the showers and restrooms.

Sand was soft, beach was clean and water was warm. It was relaxing to just people or boat watch and get my feet wet and sandy.

Heading back to the park it was nice to have the palm trees proving shade which was good for picnics. More walkers and some joggers passed by.

My favorite place to visit when don’t have time to drive outside of town to go to a beach.
Written July 3, 2022
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ITRT
Virginia44,720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Did you know Magic Island was supposed to be a resort hotel but plans fell through and the hotel was never built? Instead, the land was converted to a public park. Its true name is Aina Moana Park which translates to “land from the sea”. It is now a manmade peninsula at the east end of the Ala Moana Beach Park. There is a small, rocky beach located here, but it did not seem to be as popular as the one at Ala Moana Beach. Picnic tables, benches, and trees make it ideal for all. We saw two wedding while we were there. Magic Island has its own entrance but can be accessed from a pathway on Ala Moana Beach Park. Both Magic Island and Ala Moana Park are a refuge in the center of Honolulu.
Written May 12, 2022
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Mike B
Santa Fe, NM16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were supposed to have a 1.5 hour in the Pacific Ocean snorkeling lesson and practice in a quiet, protected cove off of Magic Island.

We were supposed to begin at 2:00 p.m. but the vendor called us the day before to see if we wanted to change our time to a preferred of 10 a.m. we said fine.

They stressed to us several times we had to be there precisely at 9:30 a.m.

We have never been to Magic Island. Directions given were go to the back of the parking lot, walk across green grass area to Lifeguard Station G and we would “see them.” They said no signage was allowed to ID them.
We Ubered over arriving at 9 a.m., went to Lifeguard Ststion G but no one, nothing. We called the contact number and the woman answering said they were scuba diving in the asteroid and would call us in 15 or 20 minutes. We waited 25 minutes, no call, so Ed called back and she said we didn’t understand: they were scuba diving and we would “see them” before 10 a.m.

We also waded into the water. It was icy cold at 69 degrees F.
We lost confidence in our “instructors” that if they could not be bothered to be found and they seemed more j treated in their diving than us we called and cancelled. We were not risking our safety to these incompetents! And the water was freezing but never a mention of wetsuits!
Unprofessional!
Written April 19, 2024
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Saskalta
Lloydminster, Canada78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We basically used Segways to tour all of Magic Island. Received some interesting details about the area from our guide.

It is very popular with locals, so obviously it must be a "go to" place.
We will definitely make a stop here as a priority during the rest of our stay.
Locals bbq on site, but tourists likely would not have those resources, but it is a great place to visit, relax, enjoy the water & sun, and to just veg..

It is on the Ala Moana end of Waikiki.. so for us staying at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, we need to make a destination.. which we will in the future.

Lots of nice walking trails and grass..
Written January 21, 2020
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JMD
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Very nice night beach park to have your picnic. Away from Waikiki enough to see the stars out. An organization gathered there for a meeting, people were walking for exercise, fishermen were in and out of the ocean. More of a local feel.
Written January 24, 2022
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attony
Hawley, PA114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We were in Honolulu for a day on our way from Maui to New Zealand and wanted to go to the beach but did NOT want to go to Waikiki. There is an artificial lagoon at the end of this park that has a lovely sand beach and a nice lagoon for swimming. It was also a great place to watch the sun go down over the ocean. Our Uber driver said the park is mostly used by locals, but we really liked it.
Written February 9, 2020
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Jeanne J
Bellevue, Washington, USA381 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
On Monday this was a quiet spot with only a few visitors. Breakwaters keep the water calm so good for families with young children. Lots of parking in Ala Moana Park. The “island” is a peninsula at the end of the park. A few homeless to pass on the way. Restrooms. One snack shack in Ala Moana Park.
Written October 26, 2021
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GiaXenakis
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So glad we found Magic Island during our last trip.

Magic Island was recommended to us, a group of 13 people. The beach was fantastic, there were bathroom and changing facilities and free parking!

Bring your lawn chairs and camera. The sunset from this location was fabulous.

We loved this location so much, we went back 2x.

Enjoy
Written February 11, 2020
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WCJ
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Our favourite place in Waikiki. Great place to escape fromt eh hustle and bustle on the streets and in the resorts. Lovely swimming area for the entire family, with gorgous shaded areas to relax in the adjacent park. Bring your own food and drinks, or simple tottle over to the shopping mall across the street. Heaven.
Written July 17, 2022
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