Ko Olina Lagoons offer sun, sand, and protected ocean time

Things to Do — By jeckardt on January 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I’ve always heard about the lagoons in the Ko Olina resort area on the west side of Oahu, but until recently I’d never been there. It turns out, I’ve been missing out! A few weeks ago while running errands in the area with my two-year-old, I decided it would be the perfect spot for a break from the car and headed over.

I found out that the lagoons are exquisite! They’re are man made, which has made them the perfect havens from the large waves and dangerous currents of the open ocean, and they also do a great job at mostly blocking beach goers from the wind. They’re is four lagoons – honu (sea turtle), nai`a (dolphin), kola (whale) and ulna (giant fish). There are umbrella type things that are actually made of wood and palm fronds that offer sun protection during a full day at the beach. You’ll have to get here early in hopes of getting one.

Lagoon from the west end

For travelers with families, you couldn’t find a more ideal place for kids. But it’s amazing for anyone who loves the ocean. Since they’re in the resort area, there are bathrooms, showers, and a grassy area to picnic or hang out on. The sand here is absolutely perfect for sand candle building, and the water is calm bright blue and beautiful and perfect for floating on a raft or a tube.

Calm Ko Olina waters

It’s important to remember to get here early – preferably by 9 or 10 a.m. – in hopes of getting one of the limited parking spots at each lagoon. Unless you’re staying at one of the resorts of course.

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