Secret Island Beach at Kualoa | Oahu Family Activities

The Secret Behind Secret Island Beach

The secret behind Secret Island Beach is … well, that it’s not an island at all. It’s a narrow strip of land bordered by ocean on one side and a fish pond on the other. Visitors who arrive via the Kualoa Ranch tour travel by by boat across the fish pond making it feel like an island. So the name may be a bit silly, a marketing buzz word, but the location is stunning.

A Calm, Family-Friendly Retreat

The “wind” part of the windward side means ocean conditions are not often favorable for paddleboarding and snorkeling. However, we’ve found that this part of Kaneohe Bay is more sheltered and calm. It’s become our go-to spot on weekends when we need to immerse ourselves in the beauty and vastness of nature.

When the water is clear you can paddle out and snorkel around the coral heads that dot the bay. When it’s not particularly clear, you can still enjoy the big views that turn dusky blue in the evening light.

Getting There

If you’re a visitor, your best bet is to take the modestly priced tour through Kualoa Ranch. Not only do they make your life easy with quick access and amenities, but they have all the toys you could want – kayaks, paddleboards, hammocks, beach toys, and more. After hours, you simply need to paddle or walk down the coast from Kualoa Beach Park until you find a cozy spot to call your own.

Kualoa mountain views from Kaneohe bay
view of chinaman's hat from secret island beach at kualoa beach park
boy investigating mangrove at kualoa beach in oahu
boy kayaking in kaneohe bay with kualoa mountains behind
view of coral heads in kaneohe bay
portrait of a girl at kualoa ranch
mangrove seeds growing
girl kayaking in kaneohe bay with views of coral below and mountains above by little bird photography
a hammock hanging in between palm trees with mountain views at kualoa beach park in oahu
girl on the pier at kualoa fish pond.

Looking for More Family Fun on Windward Oahu?

The Macadamia nut farm is a nearby, fun stop to add on to a visit to Kualoa Beach Park. Join the crowds of tourists to crack open and sample the tasty nuts. If you’re feeling hungry the Waiahole Poi Factory is the perfect stop for an ono Hawaiian lunch.

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