When I first heard about the man-made Ko Olina Lagoons, which are surrounded by resorts, I wasn’t inclined to go. I usually prefer the natural beaches, those that are wild and untamed, away from the resorts and other people.
But, my desire was to explore every inch of Oahu, the Hawaiian island, they are located on, so I went.
And, not only was I glad that I went, I was completely astonished.
There are four lagoons which really spotlight the incredible raw beauty of Hawaii.
If you enter Ko Olina lagoons at Lagoon #1, you might become a little turned off. It’s filled with paddle boards, floaties, kids, and kayaks, and isn’t what I would call tranquil. Also, the Disney Aulani Resort is located at the lagoons, so there are a lot of children.
But, walk down to the other lagoons, and you’re likely to find a spot that you can have all to yourself. The blue-green aqua waters beckon you to frolic, snorkel, and easily swim in the protected tranquility of the lagoons.
Walk past the lagoons towards the ocean, and enjoy crashing waves and watch seals and turtles frolicking in the water.
The Ko Olina Lagoons are found on the sunnier, drier part of the island, so if it’s raining in Honolulu, chances are it will still be sunny at the Ko Olina beach.
I talked to many locals in Hawaii, and they all said the same thing. Ko Olina, despite it’s resort surroundings, is a place full of mana, or spiritual energy. Every time I went, I felt bathed in aloha, or love.
Even the ocean seems to be waving at you here.
Sunset is definitely the time to visit, as the sunsets are magical and powerful.
The dark waters seem to envelop the sun, leaving behind a sky that reflects back the memory of the light.
The locals say you’ve never seen a sunset until you see it from here.
There are walking trails which connect the lagoons, paved sidewalks, lush green grass for picnicking, and public restrooms at each lagoon.
The sand is powder soft which is perfect for sunbathing or for making sand castles.
Each lagoon has less than 20 parking spaces, so this keeps the lagoons from feeling too crowded. So, if you want a space, go early, or just before sunset.
Also, it’s a great spot for a photo shoot, as the light seems to be the most perfect light on the island of Oahu.
One thing is for sure, if it’s Paradise, you’re looking for, this is the place to be.
Ko Olina Resort
92-1480 Aliinui Drive
Ko Olina, HI 96707