Best Beaches for BodyBoarding in Oahu

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If you are staying in Waikiki while visiting Oahu, you will most likely watch and want to try surfing, paddle boarding or bodyboarding and luckily for you the island is full of places that offer lessons and equipment rental for these activities. Check out the different kiosks along Waikiki and my previous post about my first time surfing.

Once you get your feet wet with a lesson, it’s time to venture out on your own and there are several nice places to bodyboard around Oahu.

Kuhio Beach

The breaks are nice and easy on most days which is perfect for beginners. The beach can be a little crowded in the morning due to the sport courts, park and restaurants nearby, but at sunset, it empties out.

Kuhio Beach Sunset at Kuhio Beach

Makapu’u Beach

Nestled on the East side of the island, it’s home to the Makapu’u tide pools and pristine clear waters even with a constant break. Additionally, there is a lookout beside it and a trail that leads you to one of the lighthouses in the island.

Even if you are not into bodyboarding, Makapu’u beach is one of my top 5 beaches in Oahu to hang out. I will have more pictures on another post.

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These guys were having so much fun, it reminded of my days growing up on the beach. I had a board like that and loved the waves, but was terrible at it. Now thinking back, I had no fins, which would have made it easier and the beaches that my brother and I bodyboarded were not ideal for the sport. After one time that I got sucked under, hit my head and scraped my face on coarse sand, I quit bodyboarding. These guys made me want to do it again. I mean, look at that water!

Waimanalo Beach

Also on the East side, only a few extra miles North of Makapu’u. By far, my favorite place in the island, it’s a long stretch of sand, ocean and park. It’s often pretty empty during the week and many couples who wed in Oahu take a limo trip to Waimanalo for pictures.

It is that pretty!

In addition, it also has a constant break that is smaller than Makapu’u, but nice for beginners.

Waimanalo Beach Waimanalo Beach

Ready to try some bodyboarding?

Happy Xploring!




  1. March 30, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    These beaches are gorgeous! I mean, come on, when is teleporting going to be invented already?! 🙂

  2. April 7, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Aloha! Great pics – make me miss Hawaii!! Used to bodyboard when I was much (much) younger, but the water in Peru never looked this amazing. Cheers, G 🙂

    • April 20, 2015 / 2:15 am

      One more thing we have in common! I swear we are dopplegangers…LOL

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