Kahe Point Beach Park (Electric Beach)

4 stars from 3 reviews
Address 92-200 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
Warm water from the electric plant creates a marine life theme park.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Picnic Tables
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Scuba Diving • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets • Good For: Turtle Sightings
• Good For: Whale Sightings

Matt Anderson's Take
Kahe Point Beach Park is located on the west side of O'ahu just outside (northwest) of the Ko Olina Resort and right across the street from a large electricity generation station. That station is what gives this beach it's far more common name of Electric Beach.


Running parallel to the beach are a set of old train tracks which aren't used this far north but a tourist train ride (see The Hawaiian Railway Society) will take you from the city of Ewa Beach, through the Ko Olina Resort, and just south of this beach and then it will head back to Ewa. You can follow these tracks (on foot) right back to the Ko Olina Resort so if you're looking for a short walk (about 1.25 miles) from your Ko Olina Resort hotel then just follow the tracks northwest to this beach.


The park area here has picnic tables and a large grassy area along with a shower. You'll notice some signs at the edge of the rocky cliff areas that tell you not to go beyond a certain point, which is good advice. Watch kids around those areas as well.


If you walk north from the main parking lot, through the grassy area, you'll stumble onto the actual sandy beach area. It's tiny. And the views of the large concrete walls aren't exactly picturesque.


Inside of that concrete structure is where the water that the electric company uses comes back out, much warmer than when it went in, and is ejected back into the ocean. Because of this warmer water you'll often find a lot of marine life in the area, including dolphins and turtles.


This means that it can be a great place to snorkel and scuba dive and this is why you'll pretty much always see all sorts of tour boats (for snorkeling and scuba diving) offshore here. Want to see dolphins in the wild? Then this is your best bet as they seem to almost always be out here.


Most divers will stick to the "pipe" which is the pipe that the electric company uses to pump warm water back into the ocean and it's usually covered in all sorts of marine life. If you want to scuba or snorkel then this is your spot, if not then it's not really a great beach.


One important thing to note is that there are no lifeguards here. The pipe that ejects warm water into the ocean runs under the water and doesn't open until the water is deep. The water coming out of the pipe comes out with extreme force and can shoot you pretty far out in the ocean if you're not careful.


Since this can be a dangerous place only strong swimmers, in groups, should attempt this. Consider wearing a lifevest or some other safety flotation device. Better yet, take one of the many boat tours that come out these way who can help keep you safe.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
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There is no question, it likely is one of the best places to snorkel on Oahu in terms of seeing fish and marine life. The problem is that it's simply not for most people. This is for advanced swimmers only who go out in groups for safety. For everyone else, enjoy it by taking a tour boat here.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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Arguably the best snorkeling on Oahu. I swim here often and it seldom disappoints - lots of fish and turtles. This isn't a beach for sunbathing - this is a launching point for snorkeling and scuba diving. The picnic benches are mostly used by divers for prepping. The water at the pipe is so warm it feels like a hot tub. I'll swim down to the pipe outlet and let the blast of water propel me like a rocket (advanced swimmers only). Heading eastward, there are great reefs to check out. Pods of dolphins are here in the morning. Love Electric Beach.
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Antun
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 21
Likes Received: 2
A great place to head out for a snorkel or dive but the beach itself is small and not all that great.
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