Ka'alawai Beach & Cromwell's Cove

Ka'alawai Beach & Cromwell's Cove
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Address 108 Kuine Pl, Honolulu, HI 96816
The real payoff is Cromwell's Cove but you have to swim to it to get there.

• Facilities: Showers • Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Street only

Ka'alawai Beach isn't really all that spectacular. It's an interesting beach but surrounded by houses and walls and the sandy area isn't all that large. The bottom areas in the water are also rocky in most spots (but not all).

Getting here is fairly easy but you'll likely drive right past this one if you don't know where to go and where to look. Parking is another story as this is tucked away in an upscale residential area and so it's wall to wall fences and gates everywhere you turn, because the wealthy love fences and gates.

Heading east on Diamond Head Road, turn right on Kulamanu Street and look for parking along the road then head down Kuine Place which leads you to the ocean.

There is a neat little shallow area with a sandy bottom if you turn left when you hit the ocean, all the way in the corner of the two seawalls.

What makes this place special is Cromwell's Cove which is a small cove that you have to swim to. See the map image above which explains how to get there if you are planning to go there. Right next to Cromwell's Cove is the famous Shangri La.

A word of advice on this: Only strong ocean swimmers should attempt this, it's not for kids. Even then it's not something we suggest you try and if you do you do so at your own risk. If you make it, you will be rewarded with a very neat little swimming hole.