Beach Day at Tracks Beach, Nanakuli
Hawaii › Tracks Beach Parking Lot
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A few miles from Honolulu you can find yourself on a white sand beach with crystal blue water and almost no one around. Bring your beach toys, a picnic and enjoy the restful side of the island of Oahu.
Coming from Honolulu you'll take the H1 West to the 93 West and just stay on that the whole way until you see the turnoff on your left. From the North Shore, it's a little more complicated, but take the 83 West to the 99 South, jump on the H2 South, then the H1 West to the 93 West (clicking on the directions from the map on here is probably your best best).
Once you get here there isn't much, which is the best part. There is a small little dirt parking lot for about 20 cars or so. But from here you can walk half a mile in any direction and see nothing but blue skies, bluer ocean and fine white sand. The locals are super friendly, people sometimes snorkel on the south end of the beach at a place called Electric Beach (since it's in front of a power plant) and the vibe is just SUPER laid back and relaxing. You can pick up some food and drinks in town and make this a great day trip or just a nice relaxing few hours on the way to or from Honolulu.
Again, just let everything go and enjoy this slice of paradise.
- Water/ drinks
- Sandals/ slippas
- Towel/ beach mat
- Swimming suit
- Fins, snorkel, mask if you want
- SUP or any beach toys
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Decent Surf Spot
I usually come to tracks to surf rather than snorkel, electric beach is right next door and has great snorkeling. The break is pretty close to shore without being onshore and isn't as shallow as some other town breaks can get. Decent surf spot if there's a SW swell but it can get super crowded.
I have been to this beach a few times... never to sit for an afternoon but rather to snorkel. The so-called electric beach gets the name because of the power plant opposite the road.. The plant pumps warm water out into the ocean a few hundred yards off shore. Swimming out to the pipes, you will find huge schools of tropical fish, and the occasional dolphin pod... I have friends who have swam with rays here, and seen videos of the dolphins (though I have never seen them myself... Nonetheless, venture out and try your luck!) Or... enjoy the beach! The west side is really beautiful... just make sure to be respectful of others and to pick up after yourself!
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