Ko'Olina Lagoon 2 (Honu Lagoon)

Average Rating: 4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly
• Type: No Dogs Allowed • Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Swimming

Matt Anderson's Take
Lagoon 2 is special in the fact that you can rent Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards or Snorkeling gear from The Beach Villas at Ko'Olina without being a guest there. Also this is the only lagoon to have permanent umbrellas on the beach though they are few and far between, get taken early, and don't provide tons of shade.

The parking situation here is pretty bad with around 18 public spots in the lot. Arrive early if you want a spot, after that it may be tough to come by and impossible on a weekend.

All of the 4 lagoons in Ko'Olina are man made and nicely protected from the ocean by breakwaters so this makes them a great place for the kids as the surf will usually be low to nonexistent, though there are no lifeguards here. That also makes the snorkeling here pretty good on most days and you'll find all sorts of fish to view. The fish are a reminder that the lagoon is still open to the ocean so this has all of the potential dangers of any other beach in Hawaii as well.

There can be a stronger current near the breakwaters, especially the center opening where the water exits the lagoon for the ocean which is roped off so you know to stay away from it.

There is a lot of sand to play on here and a decent amount of grass (some with shade from trees) as well along with public showers, drinking fountains, and toilets.

Lagoon 2, like all of the Ko'Olina lagoons, is one of the best beaches in Hawaii and one we highly recommend you try. If it's too busy then try Ko'Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon), Ko'Olina Lagoon 3 (Nai'a Lagoon), or Ko'Olina Lagoon 4 (Ulua Lagoon) because they're all very similar. All four of the Ko'Olina lagoons are connected by a very nice concrete beach walk.

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Tom Telfer's take

My favorite lagoon in Ko Olina for snorkeling. The water surge can be strong in the center channel - A few swimmers have been sucked out while swimming in huge surf. There is an undertow in the center channel, so swimmers should stay outside the rope, and never enter the water during surgy, stormy weather.
That said, this lagoon has the best circulation, thus clearer water and abundant fish.

Member Reviews (2)
Mark A  
Joined: Mar 2014
Reviews: 13
Likes Received: 2
Go an hour before end of day and enjoy. Sunset, swim, a little snorkel time, people watch, or if there is enough swell you can watch waves implode on the reef. Can't go wrong if the elements come together.

Posted 4/4/2014 with 0 Likes Like
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 12
Likes Received: 3
Another awesome koolina lagoon! This one is just as perfect as the other 3 but the advantage here is that this one tends to be a little less crowded since it only has the condo building on it and no hotel (yet, I'm sure it's on its way!).
Posted 8/1/2013 with 1 Likes Like
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Well protected from the open ocean so great for swimming, snorkeling, and small kids. Like all of the Ko Olina lagoons, this is one of the best beaches on Oahu.
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