In need of a tropical escape? Sharing a photo diary of Sandy Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii
It probably seems a little bit crazy given that we have so many beaches to choose from (and ALL of them are beautiful in their own way!), but Dane and I have a handful of favorites here on Oahu.
One of the beaches we go to weekly is Sandy Beach Park, located at the base of Koko Crater. If you’re local to the island or have visited a time or two, you might know it simply as “Sandy’s”.
Sandy’s is the site of one of the best body boarding beaches on Oahu and it’s not uncommon to see 50 or more people in the water at a time. This is thanks to the powerful shore break that is caused by a change in the ocean bottom. In fact, it’s not recommended to even get in the water unless you have surfed this break your entire life and have the proper equipment.
Hawaii Beach Photos: Sandy Beach Park
There are signs posted all along the beach of the hazardous shoreline and the lifeguards announce the dangerous conditions and ask people to get away from the shoreline at least 2-3 times per hour. More neck and spinal cord injuries occur at Sandy Beach Park than any other beach in Hawaii, so the powerful ocean at this spot is not something to take lightly.
That said, it’s an absolute thrill to see the men and women who body and board surf these waves. I’m constantly in awe of them and whenever we come to Sandy’s, I rarely get any reading done, because watching the waves is far more interesting.
In any case, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos we’ve taken at Sandy’s for anyone who has ever been to this particular beach or is just dreaming of a Hawaiian vacation 🙂