Whether you live on O’ahu or you’re just planning on a visit, I can guarantee one of the first things on your to do list is find the perfect beach. The choices are seemingly endless so it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down which ones are worth your while. If you’re anything like me, you try to seek out beaches that maximize your ability to relax when traveling with the kids. While there are several beaches that offer a great deal of amenities, Ko Olina beach lagoons has it all.
What Are The Ko Olina Beach Lagoons?
Ko Olina beach lagoons are a part of the Aulani Disney Resort located in Kapolei on the west side of the island. The main thing that sets this beach apart from others are the four man-made lagoons. Instead of the traditional straight line beach where the waves crash close to the shore, you are nestled in a cozy cove with very gentle waters. The calmness of the water makes this beach an ideal spot to take your tots who may not be completely comfortable with open water.
What’s At Each Lagoon
Each of the Ko Olina beach lagoons comes equipped with a separate parking lot, showers, and changing areas. I tend to gravitate toward beaches with these amenities nearby because sitting at the beach all day really works up my appetite. It makes life so much easier having a place to get everyone in dry clothes and diapers before you head off to your next stop.
Although each lagoon has its own parking, arrive early if you want to try your hand at snagging a spot in the first 3 lagoons. Parking is very limited there and fills up quickly. Fortunately the fourth lagoon has a good deal of parking and a paid parking lot next door if you find yourself completely out of luck.
Another benefit of the Ko Olina beach lagoons are the multiple, easily accessible convenience stores. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve decided on a whim to have a beach day and left the sunscreen at home. Luckily, the marina shop at lagoon 4 and the ABC store in the nearby shopping center are close enough to purchase anything you might need without having to leave the beach completely.
Types Of Terrain You’ll Find
My personal favorite attribute of the Ko Olina beach lagoons is the combination of both grassy areas and sand. Not only does this give you a lot of room to spread out, but it gives you more versatility in entertaining your kids. Some days both of my kids are on the same page, but a majority of the time one wants to build sand castles and dive in the water while the other wants to kick a ball or try to find cool new plants.
Having both types of terrain keeps everyone satisfied and my life a little easier. Also, if you’re the type of person who likes to read on their Kindle or Nook, you don’t have to worry about sand getting into your electronics if you set up camp on the grass.
Sunset at Ko Olina Beach Lagoons
If all of that hasn’t sold you yet, I guarantee the sunset views will put this beach over the top for you. Since the Ko Olina beach lagoons are located on the west side of the island, you get front row tickets to some of the most spectacular sunsets you will ever see. You can either watch from your seat at the beach, head to the restaurant in lagoon one and take it in with a Mai Tai, or go for a full out Hawaiian dinner celebration at the neighboring Paradise Cove luau (my personal favorite luau on island thus far).
Finding the perfect beach is essential if you ever find yourself on the beautiful island of O’ahu. While you can totally go on a whim and find yourself at an amazing location, you have to be a little more cautious when beach combing with kids to find a spot that will maximize your ability to relax and the kid’s happiness. Ko Olina beach lagoons easily lands itself at the top of my favorite beach list because of the variety of amenities close by and stunning views of the west side.
Let me know if you have ever visited or are planning a visit to the Aulani Disney Resort. I would love to know what it’s like to stay in the hotels because there is a triathlon series coming up here and I wouldn’t mind taking a little staycation before and after the race if the rooms are nice. Don’t forget to follow me on social media and subscribe to my mailing list if you would like to stay up to date on our adventures out in Our Happy Place 🙂