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OAHU’S BEST BEACHES FOR KIDS

Delivering baby equipment rentals on Oahu our delivery van gets to cruise by some amazing beaches. Oahu is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, spectacular volcanic mountain ranges. As the owner of Paradise Baby Co I speak with moms and dads everyday on the phone that are hiring our baby equipment rental services, and one of the main questions I get asked about traveling to Oahu with kids is “what are the best beaches to take kids?”  So, let me give you a quick run down of in my opinion the best beaches on Oahu for kids.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the by far the most popular place to snorkel on Oahu. The protected cove has been a Marine Life Conservation District since the 1960’s, which makes it illegal to fish or remove any marine life from the Bay. Hanauma Bay offers clam and safe swimming conditions, making the Preserve the ultimate playground for your young marine scientist to explore the reef and underwater world of Hawaii. The Bay is a short drive out side of Waikiki just 10 miles East along the scenic coastline. Hanauma is curved ancient volcanic crater. What kids wouldn’t be thrilled to swim around in a volcanic crater? The Bay is full of marine life, including turtles, rays and over 400 different types of tropical fish have been recorded at the park. There is an entrance fee of $5.00 and parking is $1.00. The park can fill up quick during holidays and summer with only 300 parking spaces available. Open from 6:00am-7:00pm and is closed on Tuesday. There is Snorkel gear available for rent at the beach as well as a snack shop. All of the facilities at the Hanauma Bay are designed to be fully accessible to the disabled guests and wheel chairs are available free at the information center. For families traveling to Hawaii with kids this is a must-do activity!

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is located on the East side of the island. Kailua Beach Park has been called one of the best beaches in the United States and I couldn’t agree more. The park has it all, offering  visitors parking, showers, picnic areas and ample shade. The fine white sand beach stretches for over 2 miles and there are lifeguards on duty. The shore break is generally calm and offers safe swimming conditions year round.  If there is a hazard, a sign will be posted at the beach. Jellyfish can be blown in when trade winds are strong so always ask a lifeguard if there are any warnings that day. Typically Kailua beach is not crowded during the week but can get busy on weekends and during Holidays. There are several kayaking rental companies in Kailua Town that can set you and the family up for a day of paddling around the pristine waters of the bay.  After spending the day at the beach there are many great family friendly restaurants in Kailua to choose from.

The Lagoons at Ko Olina (year round calm waters)

Located on the West Side of Oahu the lagoons at Ko Olina offer some of the safest swimming for kids on Oahu. There are 4 separate lagoons that are protected by an outer rock barrier. They are sand bottom and surrounded by grass lawns that are perfect for a picnicking. There are lifeguards on duty at all the swimming areas as well as beach gear rentals available. The Disney Aulani Resort is the newest addition to the Ko Olina Resort area. I have heard from several people that rented baby equipment at Aulani say that Aunty’s Beach House is a great place for kids to hand out beach side. Also available at Disney Aulani are Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and snorkel sets. If you don’t feel like packing a lunch there are lots of award winning restaurants to choose from both at Disney, Ko Olina and the Ihilani hotels.

Waimea Bay (spring through summer)

Waimea Bay is famous for it’s gigantic winter surf that can reach 50 plus feet during the months of Oct- March. Surfers come from all over the world to take on the monster waves of the North Shore, which can be quite exciting to watch. However,  for many of us locals we look forward to the calm conditions when there are no waves.  As the large winter swells diminish, spring thru summer time at the bay could not be more fun for a family with kids. Waimea Bay has some of the most beautiful clear picturesque water on the island, making for great diving and swimming conditions. The small park has restrooms and lifeguards on duty year round. Be sure to bring snacks or stop off in Haleiwa Town for food on your way to Waimea. The closest food is a grocery store called Foodland about a mile away.  This is a beach that you will always want to check with the lifeguard before swimming.

Waikiki Beach (year round fun in the sun)

Finally, one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach, is an amazing beach for families on Oahu.  If you are visiting Oahu chances are you are  staying in Waikiki and lucky for you have the safest swimming beach right outside your hotel. The wonderful white sand beach offers not only calm swimming conditions but lots of great beach activities. For older children that can swim surf lessons are just about the most fun you can have in Hawaii. The beach boys of Waikiki are world renowned for their water safety skills and are all amazing surf instructors. The gentle waves of Waikiki make it the ideal place to learn to surf.  Canoe rides are also a blast and you can book a ride next to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on the beach. This is an activity the whole family can enjoy.  After a long day at the beach locals and visitor alike favorite thing to do is walk straight off the beach into Dukes at the Outrigger for sunset time. There is great live Hawaiian music and pupu’s (appetizers) every night.

If you ever have any questions for other activities for kids on Oahu we are always happy to help. Voted in Honolulu Magazine Best of Honolulu 2012 Paradise Baby Co. took first as Best Baby Equipment Rental Oahu!

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