Ko Olina Lagoon 2 (Honu Lagoon)

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Address 92-106 Waialii Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707
Great for swimming, snorkeling, and kids. Like all of the Ko Olina lagoons, this is one of the best beaches on Oahu.

• 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

Ko Olina Lagoon 2, the Honu Lagoon, is located in the Ko Olina Resort which is in the city of Kapolei on the west side of O'ahu. The beach here is pretty much like all of the other Ko Olina Lagoons but it is the only lagoon to have permanent palapas (umbrellas) on the beach for shade. Of course, they are few and far between, get taken early, and don't provide tons of shade so they're hardly a selling point.

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 with cars often lining up and waiting for a spot.

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. If the waves are really pumping you can get sucked out through the center channel so don't ignore the ropes!

There is a lot of sand to play on here and a decent amount of grass (some with shade from trees) along with public showers, drinking fountains, and toilets. Note that the Ko Olina security team does not allow dogs here and will now let you setup your own umbrella or shade structure though chairs are allowed.

Ko Olina Lagoon 2, like all of the Ko Olina Lagoons, is one of the better 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.