White Plains Beach

4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Essex Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Great for swimming or beginner surfing and lessons.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Equipment Rentals
• Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Kid Friendly • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: SUP • Good For: Swimming
• Surfing Level: Beginner • Surfing Level: Intermediate

Full Description
White Plains is a fairly average beach with some above average features. If you are in the military you can rent surfboards, snorkel gear, stand up paddle boards, etc. Military types can also rent beach cottages here. If you're not in the military there's still a lot this beach can offer.

It's a decent enough sandy beach with plenty of room and we've never seen any sort of crowd here during a weekday. Of course, that all changes on the weekend when the locals come and pack the place in, mostly because the surfing here is pretty good.

But it also has a lot of facilities like lifeguards, showers, bathrooms, lots of picnic tables, shady areas, and grills to cook up some tasty BBQ.

Part of the beach is sectioned off into a swimming lane and the other part a surfing lane and there is no fishing allowed here so you don't (at least in theory) have to worry about a fishing hook in your foot.

All of this along with an offshore reef that keeps the waves down and a flat ocean bottom and fairly shallow water make it one of the safer places to take surfing lessons and it's certainly less crowded than Waikiki for that!

For swimming, the shoreline has a fair amount of rocks and rocky bottom areas in some places but there is plenty of water access to get in for a swim.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
If you just look at the beach itself it's probably just average or slightly above. Add in the facilities and other features like it being a good place for beginner surfers or surfing lessons, a lifeguard, bathrooms, and so on and it's actually well rounded and worth a visit. Shoot for a weekday visit if possible and locals really crowd this one on weekends.
Doug N
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 1
I'm Doug and we've lived on Oahu for over 27 years. White Plains is my favorite beach, and it's where I learned to surf 14 years ago. When we're not on travel, I paddle out 2-3x/week about 100 yards off the fenceline (on the Diamond Head side of the beach).

The shorebreak is a high-energy steep slope. It's perfect for kids of almost all ages but toddlers and babies will be better off at a flatter slope way down past the beach cabins.

Summer surf is especially good with a long series of lefts and rights. It's one of the few breaks on the island where a party wave is welcome-- territorial surfers would be better off at a more challenging break anyway. Winter surf is generally 1-3, occasionally flat, and more suited to stand-up paddleboarding.

Dawn patrol (before the wind comes up) is especially good. Even with the tradewinds, just about any time of day is fine.
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
White plains beach is just amazing we stayed down there for the weekend and it was just gorgeous. Lots to do paddle board surf and swim there are bbq areas and cabins you can rent. They were beautiful.

People fishing along the beach and great to wake up to the beautiful ocean. I highly recommend you check out white plains the views are great you can see pearl harbour and Waikiki from there. Go check it out.
Joined: Apr 2014
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 3
This beach is located in Ewa Beach. When you drive to White Plains it will feel like you are driving through the boonies, but don't worry you aren't. On the weekends it can typically get busy, but don't worry, there is a huge free parking lot. The beach is very spacious so you should be able to find a spot to relax or tan in the glamorous sunshine.

This beach is also known for having the perfect waves for beginner surfers. So if you're planning on learning how to surf here's the place to get a great start. This beach is also known for being a fabulous place to watch the sunset or sunrise. As long as there is no clouds you will have a breathtaking moment just looking at the cotton candy skies as the sun sets or rises.

It wasn't open for the public for many years as part of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station. This beach is similar to Waikiki but without the condos and the crowds. It is a long, sloping beach with many surf breaks, but is also great at shore for children to play freely. It has views of Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. Although the sand lives up to its name, the real joy of this beach comes from its history as part of a military property.

Great restroom facilities and lots of tree-covered barbecue areas make it a great trip for friends and family to hang out. As a bonus, a Hawaiian monk seal takes up residence here several months out of the year (seals are rare in the Islands).
Joined: Aug 2013
Reviews: 12
Likes Received: 4
Good locals beach on the weekend but pretty dead during the week. Good beginner surfing can be found here but overall it's a good beach for hanging out with friends.
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