This is one of the finest beaches on the south side of Oahu. A wide, soft, ultrawhite beachfront with gently lapping waves makes it a family favorite for running-jumping-frolicking fun (this also happens to be where the NFL holds its rookie sand football game when Hawaii hosts the Pro Bowl). The new, heavily shaded grass grilling area, sand volleyball courts, and aquatic rentals make this a must for the active visitor. The beach fronts Hale Koa Hotel as well as Fort DeRussy.
Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: swimming; walking.
2161 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA
Jun 18, 2011
My husband and I go to this beach very regularly. It's fantastic! Love the grilling area, the little playground, and the big open beach space. Also, it is one of the very few beaches that allows dogs (at low tide)! We take our little 10 lb pup down there when we can. The other review mentioned the prostitution ruining their time. It's Waikiki, it happens. We've never witnessed it at Ft. Derussy personally. This is indeed a family centered beach park.
Very safe, very comfortable, and food and bathrooms very close by!
Dec 19, 2008
Major military hangout, and the clientele of the outside bar at the Hale Koa is mostly military personnel. We are huge supporters of the military and this would have been a plus for us. Unfortunately, our experience at this beach was ruined by having to watch one of the guys openly solicit a prostitute (whose rear end was basically hanging out)--and walking the length of the beach from the bar loudly negotiating the deal. Our understanding is that
this is not an uncommon occurrence there--seriously Fodors "family favorite"?