Papa'iloa Beach (Police Beach)

4.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address Papailoa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Great beach, plenty of room to spread out. Great place to see turtle.

• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Poor / Few • Good For: Sunsets
• Good For: Turtle Sightings

Full Description
Papa'iloa Beach, or Police Beach as it's often called, is located in Haleiwa on the north shore of O'ahu. This is another great beach that is hidden away behind houses with wall to wall fences and gates so you'd never know anything good was back here, much less how to access it.

Fortunately for you, we'll explain exactly how to get here! From the Kamehameha Highway, you can turn toward the ocean onto Papailoa Road (see our map / directions page) and then head down this dead end street. Close to the end and you'll find a blue public beach access sign about four houses before the end.

You'll also find a little dirt parking area on the opposite side of the street by this same sign and a bit more parking a little further down the road towards the dead end.

Walk the short access path and you'll be greeted by an excellent beach that's quite long and wide. When the ocean is fairly calm the waves here won't be bad but aren't as calm as other nearby beaches. If the ocean is angry you should stay away of course.

There are plenty of great spots where you can set up your towel or chair and enjoy the peace and quiet of it all or hit the water to play and splash. The swimming here isn't very good though, especially in the winter when the waves are big. This is a popular turtle spot as well and the handmade signs here will remind you not to touch them.

Note that there are no facilities at this beach. Fans of the TV show Lost might recognize this beach from some of the episodes where it was one of the main camp areas of the plane "survivors".

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
It's a bit reefy and rocky in spots so not always the best for a swim, but it's still a fun place to hang out and splash around a bit. This beach is often unused and I've been here several times without seeing another person at all. Of course, that may change a bit on the weekends.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
I love this beach. A quiet secluded beach enjoyed primarily by residents of the exclusive homes behind it. Papa'iloa Beach has a curve that bends along the coastline - seems like it's 2 different beaches when viewing from either side. It's a sandy beach with a backdrop of palm trees offering cover for shade. It's a great spot for taking pictures since it has that tropical feel.

Papa'iloa Beach is really quite special - a hidden jewel to be enjoyed by those yearning for seclusion and tropical beauty. You're likely to have this beach to yourself since it's not well known, nor mentioned in many of the guidebooks.
Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
This beach has a special place in my heart -- my husband and I got married here in July 2011. For fans of the TV show "Lost", this is where they set up their base camp after the plane crash. This beach is always quiet and private, and a nice spot to get away from everything and clear your head. You're almost always guaranteed to spot turtles if you take a walk along this beach. It IS just down the road from "Turtle Beach," after all!
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