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Kailua Beach Park Guide


Out of all the beaches on Oahu, Kailua Beach Park is one of the best. It’s well-known for being clean and picturesque, with sparkling white sand and beautiful turquoise waters. And it’s also a great place to catch some waves, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer.

There’s plenty to do at Kailua Beach Park, whether you want to relax on the sand or get active in the water. Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are both popular activities here, and there’s also a playground and picnic areas if you’re looking to spend some time on land.

It is located on the windward side of Oahu, which means that it’s often sunny and dry, with very little rain. The trade winds also make it a great place to fly a kite or kiteboard out on the ocean.

Kailua Beach and Lanikai beach often compete for the number one beach on all of Oahu! While Lanikai beach has extremely calm waters, Kailua beach has more than two and a half miles of coastline for you and your family to relax. The good news… If you’re spending the day at one, the other is just a short walk away.

Kailua Beach Activities

The waters of Kailua beach are perfect for swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. You can find lessons and rentals for all of these activities right on the beach. The waves here are some of the best on the island for beginners to learn how to surf.


Not only are the waters of Kailua beach perfect for the avid kayaker, but there are plenty of areas to explore when starting in Kailua bay. You can even paddle out to the Mokulua Islands, which are two small uninhabited islands just offshore.

Paddle Boarding

Paddleboarding in Kailua bay is a must-do! The views of the island from out on the water are incredible and there’s nothing quite like paddleboarding on a calm day. With the expansive coastline, it makes Kailua a great place for beginner paddle boarders to get started.

Wing foiling or “Winging”

One of Oahu’s newest sports, winging is quickly gaining popularity. Rent wing foiling when there’s a moderate breeze (8-10 knots) and cruise across Kailua Bay on a beautifully quiet board.

Kite Boarding & Kite Surfing

The trade winds that blow through Kailua beach make it a great spot for kiteboarding and kite surfing. You can find lessons for both of these activities at local shops. 


Since the waters in Kailua beach park are calm and clear, it’s a great place to go snorkeling. You may even find plenty of fish and turtles swimming around.

Boogie Boarding

If you’re looking to enjoy some of the waves of Kailua beach or purely just swimming around, boogie boarding is a popular water activity here and it’s easy to pick up a boogie board nearby.

Directions To Kailua Beach Park

If you’re planning to spend a day or two experiencing Kailua beach park, you may be wondering where you can find it. Located on the windward side of Oahu right by… you guessed it Kailua, HI.

Here are some directions from other areas on the island:

Honolulu to Kailua Beach –

Time: 28 Minutes

Distance: 12.4 Miles

There are 3 routes that will get you to Kailua (all within about 4 minutes of each other depending on your location in Honolulu): The Pali Hwy, LikeLike Hwy (HI-63 N), or John A. Burns Fwy (I-H-3 E).

Waimanalo to Kailua Beach –

Time: 15 Minutes

Distance: 6 Miles

Hop on HI-72 until Keolu Dr. After you cross the bridge, take a right on Wanelo Rd. After crossing the second bridge take your second right onto Aumoe Rd. Take a left to stay on Aumoe Rd to Kailua Rd. Turn right and follow on to the beach parking.

Nearby Adventures

We already covered a few of the fun adventures that you can find near Kailua beach parks such as the Mokulua Islands (The Mokes) and Lanikai Beach. But those alone don’t even scratch the surface of all the fun adventures to be had nearby.

Flat Island –

A little further out from Kailua beach you’ll find Flat Island or as the locals call it, Popoia. This small island is uninhabited and only accessible by kayak or paddleboard. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon exploring, relaxing on the beach, or picnicking.

Mokes Island Tour –

This is a must-do if you’re visiting Oahu! You’ll get to spend the day on the Mokulua Islands, snorkeling, hiking, and picnicking.

Waimanalo Beach –

Waimanalo beach is another gorgeous white sand beach located on the windward side of Oahu. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive from Kailua beach and definitely worth a visit.

Kawainui Marsh –

This is a great place to go for a nature hike or bike ride. The marsh is home to a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Kailua Beach Rentals

Kailua Beach Park is an incredible place to spend a day (or two, or three!) on the island of Oahu. With so much to do, you’ll never be bored. And with the beautiful views, it’s easy to see why this beach is one of the most popular on the island.

To enjoy your day on the beach and all the activities that Kailua beach offers, make sure you’ve got the gear to experience it to the fullest. At Sun and Salt Adventures we’ve got paddleboard rentals, and kayak rentals, and even offer guided kayak tours of the Mokes and Flat Island.

Either way, come enjoy the beautiful waters of Kailua Beach Park!

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