Best reefs in O‘ahu

Check out the top reefs in O‘ahu, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Hanauma Bay
1. Hanauma Bay
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288 local reviews
Hanauma Bay
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Jas & Rob
One of the top 5 locations for snorkeling in a reef with so many different fish species. Good place for kids…
Mary
Hanauma Bay is a great place to snorkel for beginners! They have you watch an introductory video about how we…
John
Great Bay for snorkeling and swimming. Very close to our house. Best time to go is when tide of the day is at…
1. Hanauma Bay
1. Hanauma Bay
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288 local reviews
Hanauma Bay
Jas & Rob
Jas & Rob
One of the top 5 locations for snorkeling in a reef with so many different fish species. Good place for kids to learn from a shore- bring…
Mary
Mary
Hanauma Bay is a great place to snorkel for beginners! They have you watch an introductory video about how we can do our part to keep the…
John
John
Great Bay for snorkeling and swimming. Very close to our house. Best time to go is when tide of the day is at least medium high so you can…
2. Yoga Floats
2. Yoga Floats
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61 local reviews
1201 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-585-1917
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Simon + Voni
This is a popular beach with locals and a short walk. The reef off the beach means calm waters for swimmers…
Matthew
Also within walking distance is this tranquil beach. Perfect white sand and calm safe waters for swimming as…
Gaia Hawaii Rentals
Almost 1 mile of sandy beach and calm swimming waters. Just outside the reef are some of the best South Shore…
2. Yoga Floats
2. Yoga Floats
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61 local reviews
1201 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 808-585-1917
Simon + Voni
Simon + Voni
This is a popular beach with locals and a short walk. The reef off the beach means calm waters for swimmers (with lanes), stand-up paddlers,…
Matthew
Matthew
Also within walking distance is this tranquil beach. Perfect white sand and calm safe waters for swimming as the reef protects the beach…
Gaia Hawaii Rentals
Gaia Hawaii Rentals
Almost 1 mile of sandy beach and calm swimming waters. Just outside the reef are some of the best South Shore surfing spots on the island.
3. Sharks Cove
3. Sharks Cove
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98 local reviews
Sharks Cove, Pupukea
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Jennifer
Along with Three Tables, our favorite North Shore snorkel spot. Reef shoes very helpful- shore is rocky…
Cat
Great for kids. Smaller venue for snorkeling and/or wading in water. Wear reef shoes.
Amir
Protected Reef. Menagerie of sea life. Excellent snorkeling and diving.
3. Sharks Cove
3. Sharks Cove
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98 local reviews
Sharks Cove, Pupukea
Jennifer
Jennifer
Along with Three Tables, our favorite North Shore snorkel spot. Reef shoes very helpful- shore is rocky. Check surf report for conditions-…
Cat
Cat
Great for kids. Smaller venue for snorkeling and/or wading in water. Wear reef shoes.
Amir
Amir
Protected Reef. Menagerie of sea life. Excellent snorkeling and diving.
4. Lanikai Beach
4. Lanikai Beach
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160 local reviews
Lanikai Beach, Kailua
+1 808-261-2727
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Steven
Lanikai means "Heavenly Sea" and you will understand the meaning once you arrive. Lanikai is just a little…
Blaine
Another powder white sand beach protected by popcorn reef making it a great place to go snorkeling, paddle…
John
Pristine beach with great swimming and some pockets of snorkeling reefs. Calm waters with sea kayak rentals to…
4. Lanikai Beach
4. Lanikai Beach
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160 local reviews
Lanikai Beach, Kailua
+1 808-261-2727
Steven
Steven
Lanikai means "Heavenly Sea" and you will understand the meaning once you arrive. Lanikai is just a little past Kailua beach park over a…
Blaine
Blaine
Another powder white sand beach protected by popcorn reef making it a great place to go snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming and even…
John
John
Pristine beach with great swimming and some pockets of snorkeling reefs. Calm waters with sea kayak rentals to take out to the nearby…
5. Kani Ka Pila Grille
5. Kani Ka Pila Grille
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7 local reviews
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 808-924-4990
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Ashlee
There aren't many places that I'd endorse as having great Hawaiian music, however this is one I love! It's a…
5. Kani Ka Pila Grille
5. Kani Ka Pila Grille
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7 local reviews
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 808-924-4990
Ashlee
Ashlee
There aren't many places that I'd endorse as having great Hawaiian music, however this is one I love! It's a small lobby bar in the…
6. Kailua Beach Park
6. Kailua Beach Park
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104 local reviews
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Blaine
Protected by outer reefs, Kailua Bay is a great place to take the family for a nice swim in the ocean. Easy…
Jordan
This is an AWESOME place for BBQ and get togethers. It's right next to Lanikai beach but has a HUGE grassy…
6. Kailua Beach Park
6. Kailua Beach Park
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104 local reviews
Blaine
Blaine
Protected by outer reefs, Kailua Bay is a great place to take the family for a nice swim in the ocean. Easy walking distance with a rented…
Jordan
Jordan
This is an AWESOME place for BBQ and get togethers. It's right next to Lanikai beach but has a HUGE grassy park area with miles of soft…
7. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
7. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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26 local reviews
100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 808-396-4229
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Mike And Phyllis
Beautiful bay with good snorkeling inside the reef, and GREAT snorkeling outside the reef. Swim with the…
Lynn
Go early as it gets busy, but great snorkeling for larger colored fish and presentations. At low tides the…
7. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
7. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
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26 local reviews
100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 808-396-4229
Mike And Phyllis
Mike And Phyllis
Beautiful bay with good snorkeling inside the reef, and GREAT snorkeling outside the reef. Swim with the turtles! There are also…
Lynn
Lynn
Go early as it gets busy, but great snorkeling for larger colored fish and presentations. At low tides the reefs are shallow.
8. Kaneohe
8. Kaneohe
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4 local reviews
Kaneohe, Kaneohe
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Jim & Liyan
Rent a car for the day and drive all the way around the island. There are so many place to stop and take in…
8. Kaneohe
8. Kaneohe
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4 local reviews
Kaneohe, Kaneohe
Jim & Liyan
Jim & Liyan
Rent a car for the day and drive all the way around the island. There are so many place to stop and take in the beautiful views or taste…
9. Sea Life Park Hawaii
9. Sea Life Park Hawaii
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50 local reviews
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 808-259-2500
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Crystala
Touristy, but worth a look. Yes, this is the place you can go to swim with dolphins. Attractions include:…
9. Sea Life Park Hawaii
9. Sea Life Park Hawaii
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50 local reviews
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo
Open · Closes 4:00 PM
+1 808-259-2500
Crystala
Crystala
Touristy, but worth a look. Yes, this is the place you can go to swim with dolphins. Attractions include: Hawaiian Reef Aquarium, Hawaiian…
10. Aweoweo Beach Park
10. Aweoweo Beach Park
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7 local reviews
68-197 Au Street, Waialua
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 808-464-0840
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David & Darcie
You're right across the street. More turtles on the beach here than anywhere else on O`ahu. There is an…
Brienn
This is our neighbor hood beach. There are many sea turtles and excellent snorkeling. The outer reef blocks…
10. Aweoweo Beach Park
10. Aweoweo Beach Park
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7 local reviews
68-197 Au Street, Waialua
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 808-464-0840
David & Darcie
David & Darcie
You're right across the street. More turtles on the beach here than anywhere else on O`ahu. There is an ancient hawaiian fishing shrine…
Brienn
Brienn
This is our neighbor hood beach. There are many sea turtles and excellent snorkeling. The outer reef blocks the large winter waves making it…
11. Kaimana Beach
11. Kaimana Beach
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24 local reviews
Kaimana Beach, Honolulu
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Lauren
Calm & reef protected. Great sandy beach. Russel's convenience store around the corner. A local spot that's…
Shina
No reef here so it's a lovely swim! Best kids' beach around!
11. Kaimana Beach
11. Kaimana Beach
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24 local reviews
Kaimana Beach, Honolulu
Lauren
Lauren
Calm & reef protected. Great sandy beach. Russel's convenience store around the corner. A local spot that's quiet during the week and busy…
Shina
Shina
No reef here so it's a lovely swim! Best kids' beach around!
12. Crouching Lion Hike
12. Crouching Lion Hike
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4 local reviews
51-676 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaaawa
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Crystala
Amazing hike with beautiful views, located above what was once the Crouching Lion Restaurant along the…
12. Crouching Lion Hike
12. Crouching Lion Hike
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4 local reviews
51-676 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaaawa
Crystala
Crystala
Amazing hike with beautiful views, located above what was once the Crouching Lion Restaurant along the Kamehameha Highway. It's a short,…