Bellows Field Beach Park
Bellows Field Beach Park
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Sightseer779040
485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I found this beach from word of mouth through a co-worker. There are two sides to this beach. There is the public side that is only open Friday-Sunday, and there is the military side which you can only access if you are able to get on military bases. The sand is white and the water is blue. There is also a lifeguard. On the public side there is plenty of space to park and camp, as well as BBQ. On the military side they have a large parking lot with an outdoor shower, restrooms, and a covered picnic area. There were plenty of people here enjoying all that this beach had to offer, but it is so much less crowded than the other beaches of its likeness. If you are on this side of the island I highly recommend Bellows beach as an alternative to the many other public beaches.
Written 27 November 2023
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Kressa T
Severn, MD11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This beach is spectacular!!! The water is amazingly beautiful and aqua blue, ive never seen water this color ever. The sand was soft and white. The beach was not crowded This is a really good beach for anyone in the military to enjoy! I was so happy that i went to this beach so beautiful highly recommended for anyone in the military and retired military.
Written 1 February 2020
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ITRT
Virginia44,720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This is a family friendly beach located in Waimanalo, on Bellows Air Force Station. Hawaii. It offers air-conditioned lodging units a well as 50 camp sites. The campsites are in an area filled with ironwood trees. If you are looking for a secluded campground, then this is probably not for you. Facilities include restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. The beach has clear waters and white sand. Keep in mind the area is open on weekends and holidays for civilian personnel. Military personnel and families are allowed to use it any day. The Bellows Air Force Station is an active military training facility and may have to close without notice.
Written 4 June 2022
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Cris S
Denver, CO27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This beach is first of all one of the most beautiful. The turquoise waters which are typically only viewable from arial photos or in pictures but the water is still turquoise from where you stand. Open to the public only on weekends and guest of military all week. The waves are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing and the sand is the softest. No rocks anywhere. You have to make sure the moon phase is right or you will encounter jellyfish. This beach blows away Waikiki or any other on Oahu in my opinion.
Written 1 January 2020
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Jennifer M
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
The drive is open to the public on the weekends. We went mid day on a Sunday and had no issues finding parking. Beautiful sandy beach with fun boogie boarding. There was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the beach. Life guards were present as well.
Written 2 April 2022
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Lorenzo P
Vancouver, Canada109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
With a title like this I know that I am bound to invite some controversy. Let me start by saying that I grew up on O'ahu and have visited most beaches as a result and that while I body surf and boogie board that i am not a surfer. It should also be noted that this beach is only open on weekends due to its location near a US Military base.

Why do I love this beach:
- its not too crowded due to its distance from Waikiki
- nice beach with perfect white fine sand
- stunning colour of water
- you can walk out about 300 feet and there is no coral in the water the whole way
- great waves to play in, surf in, or boogie board in
- family friendly
- incredible views of the ocean in front and the dramatic east coast mountain range behind you

For the record, my favorite beaches on this island include (in no particular order):
1) Sandy Beach (please dont go in the water unless you are local or a very strong swimmer as there is a magnificent but very violent break right at the shoreline)
2) Bellows
3) Yokohama Bay
4) Makapu'u
5) Waimea Bay
6) Lanikai (avoid when windy)
Written 31 December 2012
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blackeldo
Kiama, Australia2,249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Well if you check a lot of the travel literature and Oahu websites plus the reviews downpage BELLOW'S rating as TOP BEACH appears to be the consensus.
And YES, from my own personal point of view, the southern section of BELLOWS along with the conjoined northern km or so of WAIMANALO BAY BEACH is the best strip of sand on the island.

BUT THERE IS NO ONE BEST BEACH IN OAHU – IT DEPENDS ON THE USER.
So the best beach for the average visitor (WAIKIKI) will be different from the best beach for snorkelers (HANAUMA), for high rollers (KO OLINA), for surfers when the swell is/isn’t huge (BANZAI PIPELINE), for families with teenage kids (WAIMEA BAY when the swell is NOT big), for nudists (NORTH POLO FIELD/MOKULEIA BEACH)…..and so on.

UNDERSTAND
The long sweep of WAIMANALO BAY has a 7.3km /4.5mi long beach technically divided into 3 sections – from south to north:WAIMANALO BCH then WAIMANALO BAY BEACH and finally BELLOWS FIELD BEACH.

REASONS FOR TOP RANKING
The whole 7+km of sand is pretty nice but I particularly like BELLOWS and northern part of WIAMANOLO BAY BEACH section (the “junction” is a low line of rocks – otherwise there is no real change) because this zone is backed by forest rather than suburbia and tends to be a bit quieter away from the town area.
Thing is, what I look for in a beach is not too crowded, nice clean sand (not fussy if it’s yellow instead of white, but this one has the latter), clear water, backed by vegetation rather than suburbia or crumbling cliffs like so many in California. Easy access with good parking, picnic facilities and similar amenities back of beach don’t hurt.
The almost sheer walls of the high KO’OLAU RANGE which separates THE WINDWARD COAST from the HONOLUL/WAIKIKI SOUTH COAST is not too far inland and adds to the aesthetics.
I personally don’t mind surf, but for families another advantage of this place is protection by the substantial offshore reef which runs along most of the WINDWARD COAST. Waves reaching the sand tend to be ankle/shin/thigh slappers most times – maybe bigger on a few days of the year when the north-easterly swell gets unusually big. When I visited we were talking shin/thigh slappers – enough for kids to be enjoying some body-boarding but not big enough for genuine surfboarding.
Adding to kid-friendliness - small waves mean rip currents are less likely and the open nature of the beach plus Oahu’s small tidal range should see an absence of major tidal currents.

CAVEAT
BELLOWS FIELD BEACH is on a reserve air force base and is only open weekends. NO WORRIES – if you arrive on a weekday simply drive or bus a bit further south and access the equally nice WAINAMALO BAY section thru the WAIMANALO BEACH PARK area detailed below.

LOCATION AND GETTING THERE
BELLOWS/WAIMANALO is on the southern quarter of the WINDWARD COAST. You are looking at roughly 32km/20mi from Waikiki whether you come around the south-east corner of the island or use the central route thru the Pali Hay tunnels. I came via the latter: BUS 70 from Honolulu’s ALA MOANA bus interchange – changing to bus 57 in KAILUA once the coast is reached. There are any number of buses from Waikiki to Ala Moana. The whole trip from Waikiki cost me $2.50 using the 2 transfer stubs on the ticket.
I hopped off 57 opposite WAIAMANALO BEACH PARK which is about 20% from the south end of this 7km+i strip of sand and walked north, reaching the junction of BELLOWS BEACH abt 2km further on.. After another 500m walk north I exited BELLOWS via the public access road out to the Hwy - a 1.6km/1mi walk. At the main road I picked up another 57, once again getting out at WAIMANALO BCH PARK from where I walked in the opposite direction, checking out the southern part of WAIMANALO beach.
BTW bus users can also come around the south-eastern corner of the island on buses 22,23 from Waikiki, changing to 57 at its turn-around point (SEA LIFE PARK). This has the better views - sit on the right hand side of the bus for best coastal outlook.

CAR users can come either way – there is plentiful free parking at WAIAMANALO BCH PARK, at a similar area behind the nice northern section at WAIMANALO BAY BCH PARK and at BELLOWS FIELD BCH PARK. All 3 have change/rest rooms, showers, water fountains, BBQ facilities etc. I think you can camp at all 3 but sites are limited and need a county permit. These types of campgrounds close down one or two days a week to discourage the homeless setting up permanently.

CROWDS, TRAFFIC and PARKING.
A big advantage of these nice WINDWARD COAST beaches over the very popular NORTH SHORE is the lack of the latter’s heavy traffic and parking problems. My visit on a very nice day in the Easter holiday period saw a fairly relaxed scene, even on the southern part WAIMANALO which tends to attract more people.
The vibe is different too – WAIMANALO/BELLOWS seemed to have mainly locals using the beaches – the NORTH SHORE appeared way more tourist oriented.

A GOOD BASE FOR A DAY TRIP.
Like all these southern WINDWARD COAST locations, BELLOWS/WAIMANALO is a good starting point if you want to check out some other neat spots in the area or along the way from Waikiki.
For a start my #2 and #3 personal best beaches, compact LANIKAI and looong KAILUA are the next 2 north.
And anyone who comes across here and doesn’t check out the excellent panorama from the LANIKAI PILLBOX TRAIL is either nuts or suffering severe time deficit.
But there’s more! Coming from Waikiki via the south east corner of the island are many other great places to spend time: DIAMOND HEAD CRATER, HANAUMA BAY SNORKELLING, the super tough KOKO CRATER RIDGE TRAIL-LOOKOUT, KOKO CRATER BOTANICAL GARDENS, HALONA BLOWHOLE, HALONA COVE (scene of the iconic kiss-cuddle in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY), SANDY BEACH (please be careful of that shore break if you go for a swim), HAWAII KAI GOLF COURSE, MAKAPU’U POINT/LIGHTHOUSE TREK-VIEWPOINT, the roadside MAKAPU’U LOOKOUT (lower than the LIGHTOUSE but still surprisingly elevated, MAKAPU’U BEACH (be careful: often big waves/dangerous currents), SEA LIFE PARK and the adjacent CHIEF’S LUAU.

Enjoy your visit trendsetters
Written 1 May 2016
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BostonRedSoxFan2004
Washington DC, DC400 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
Bellows is one of the best, safest and fun beaches to visit in the United States. We spent 2 days of our 9-day visit to Honolulu boogie boarding at Bellows. Because we have military ID’s, we were able to use the facilities cordoned off from the general public that included gas station, showers, expanded parking, equipment rental ($5 for boogie board!), and food. What separates this from other beaches is the warm water, sandy bottom, great surf, campgrounds and easy access to your car. The surf provides an excellent place to boogie board, which we did for hours. Don’t forget to put on lots of sunscreen…because time will just fly by. You won’t go wrong with Bellows because it is, without a doubt, one of Oahu’s very best beaches.
Written 1 June 2014
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Nawlins007
Wausau, WI187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Highly recommend! Been to Waikiki, Sunset Beach on North Shore and Turtle Bay...Bellows is best. If you have a friend that can get you on military side, that beach is even nicer...better amenities. Surf is perfect for 6 year olds and up, and the boogie boarding is fabulous! Enjoy!!!
Written 21 February 2013
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Kelly B
Fayetteville, NC26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Drove here from our stay at Hale Koa on Waikiki. It was about a 40 minute drive but a beautiful scenic drive along the coast. You turn down Tinker road and keep going to the guard gate. You need military ID to get on. We drove and parked in the ample parking lot.
The beach was picture perfect!!! No hotels in sight, and just the most amazing views. Small picnic shelters and bathrooms available.
Seriously, if you are military, make the beautiful drive along the scenic coastline and spend the morning at this beach!!
(We went at 9am on a Sunday and for traffic purposes it was perfect )
Written 17 August 2019
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