Farrington Highway takes you out to the sunny, dry west side of Oahu. Here you will find small communities going about their day to day, quite apart from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. There are miles of beaches here, which are quiet and less crowded!
Ko`olina Lagoons…Meaning “delightful” this beach area was developed as part of the Ko`olina Resort. However, these four man-made lagoons are open to the public. The waters are always calm and protected so it is a great place for families with small children, offering excellent swimming as well as snorkeling, and scuba.
Nanakuli Beach Park….this beach, named after the town of Nanakuli, is a favorite of local families. It is popular for fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming. Be aware, however, of high surf and strong currents during winter and spring months.
Ma`ili Beach Park…bordering the highway, this long, narrow park is named for all the `ili`ili, or small, round, waterworn pebbles found here. Like many along the Leeward coast, this beach can be subject to strong currents and high surf, but it is very popular with surfers. Two good surf spots are found here…Green Lanterns and Tumbleland
Poka`i Beach Park…a little farther up the coast is the town of Wai`anae and between the small boat harbor and Kane`ilio Point lies Poka`i Bay. This protected bay is lined by a sandy beach and is another popular place for families with children. There are parking and restrooms here also.
Makaha Beach Park…famous for its surf, with waves that can reach up to 25 ft during winter months, this beach is the site each year of a Big Board contest held in honor of lifeguard and surfing legend “Buffalo” Keaulana. Needless to say, when the surf is up conditions can be dangerous, with strong rip currents, but when the ocean is calm, during summer months, this mile-long, half-moon beach is safe for swimming and is also a popular spot for scuba divers. Parking and restrooms are available.
Keawa`ula Beach…this is the last beach before Kaena Point and is more popularly known as Yokohama Beach. It is not protected by a reef offshore so is subject to high surf and strong currents, but it is a popular surf spot. Be advised that there are no lifeguards here, and that no vehicles are allowed to continue past Keawa`ula.