Sandy Beach


About Sandy Beach


South Shore Oahus famous beach thats always being surfed, and mostly by seasoned sportsmen! Sandy Beach is popular with locals who surf, body board, fish, and fly kites. On clear days you can see Molokai in the distance. The wind at Sandys can be extremely strong and the waves break right on the shore. But when the waters are calm and the sun is at its finest, theres hardly a better place to be on Oahu. And if you’re at the Halona Blowhole Lookout, you can see Sandy Beach just off to the left.


The opening of a new South Shore road in 1931 attracted sightseers, campers, fishersbut few swimmersto Sandy Beach. Young body surfers braved the treacherous waters in the 1940s and 50s, and by the 1960s, the beach was a popular spot for locals. In 1968, the City Department of Parks and Recreation installed a restroom station and Sandys popularity further increased. Sandys notorious reputation as a challenging surfing site was reconfirmed in the 1970s with the introduction of the body board, and today the beach its one of the best body boarding sites throughout the islands.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Oahu
  • Duration: Drive-by only. The beach can be seen from the Halona Blowhole Lookout.
  • Insider Tip: More lifeguard rescues occur at Sandy's than any other beach on Oahu. The old saying holds true, especially here: "If in doubt, don't go out!"
  • Fun Fact: The winds at Sandy's are famous island wide. Many locals gather here on the grass to enjoy kite flying.
  • What to Expect: Professional surfers and body boarders enjoying the surf and warm waters, as well as families flying kites at the beach park of a favorite local beach.