Bellows Field Beach Park

Phone (808) 259-4200
4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 536 Tinker Rd, Waimanalo, HI 96795
Huge beach, perfectly blue waters. Only open on weekends. Popular with campers.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: BBQ Grills
• Facilities: Camping • Facilities: Concession Stand
• Facilities: Grassy Area • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Murky Water • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: Powder • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Bodysurfing • Good For: Boogie Boarding
• Good For: Fishing • Good For: Sunrises
• Good For: Swimming

Matt Anderson's Take
Bellows Beach is only open to the public from noon on Fridays to Midnight on Sundays. Otherwise a Military ID is required to get in. That's right, you can thank the military for these annoying restrictions on such a beautiful beach.

When it is open to the public, you'll drive down Tinker Road towards the ocean, it will curve to parallel the ocean, and just keep driving until you reach a large field on the left side where you can park. This lot will be located just before a guard shack that you cannot pass (at any time) without Military ID.

Bellows is a really nice beach with some really beautiful blue waters. A kind of blue that screams tropical paradise so photographers will love shooting here. If the ocean is calm it's a great beach to swim and play in but if the ocean is rumbling a bit there can be some surf that may not be the best for kids. The sand here is very fine so the water tends to get a little murky from the nearshore sand churn.

You can also camp on this beach and it tends to be packed with weekend campers. The camping is located in the forested areas along the beach which make it nice and shady. Just don't expect much in the way of privacy if you camp here because you'll have lots of neighbors. This is also a popular spot for fishing so bring a pole, setup shop, and enjoy a relaxing day by the ocean.

For war and history buffs, this is the beach you may have seen in the Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial movie (the one you see before visiting the USS Arizona Memorial). This is the beach where the commander of a two-man Japanese midget submarine grounded out on the reef. Japanese ensign Kazuo Sakamaki was captured here and gets the distinction of being the first prisoner of war taken by the United States in World War II.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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One of Oahu's best looking beaches. The water color here is unreal and something you have to see in person to appreciate. Fun place to hang out, splash in the water, or just read a book and relax. It's a shame the military is allowed to control beaches like this and deny access most of the time. That's your tax dollars at work.
anthony f
Joined: May 2016
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What a truly amazing place. I can remember going to bellows when I was in the navy for ship's parties and division parties or just to spend the weekend away. When I was there in the late seventies / early eighties, there wasn't any accommodation so you had to camp. Now you have choices. I had a look at the digs there and found you could really enjoy it. The units had great access out the back, they have picnic tables, and each unit has a bbq. I checked out the prices and found them very reasonable so I will try to stay there next time I visit.
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
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Bellows field beach park was gorgeous you can access it during the weekend but during the week you're only allowed in with military ID.
We spent the day there and the water is magnificent crystal clear aqua & blue just beautiful! It wasn't too busy when we were there which was great! You can camp or hire cabins too maybe next time we will !
Highly recommend you check out bellows beautiful beach!
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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There are 2 sections to this beach park. The area that is open to everyone near the entrance to Bellows Field, and the area that's past the guard shack that military and people with government ID's can present to the guard. The water in the area open to the public has a beautiful turquoise color which can be seen at most Waimanalo beaches. There are plenty of shady areas to kick back. Camping is allowed, and you'll see tents set up on the weekends.

The area past the guard shack is lovely, but with less shady areas. There are parts that have little or no beach area, so people will often fish off the rocks. The beach can be a bit crowded, but it is relatively safe during the summer months with gentle surf conditions.
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