Yokohama Bay / Keawaula Beach (Keawa’ula)

Oahu's most seclude beach

The Beach

Looking for a secluded beach far away from the city scene? Just like its neighboring beach, Makua Beach, Keawaula Beach is at the ends of Oahu’s civilization. Like Makua, it is also located to the front of the Waianae Mountain Range and Makua Valley.

Keawaula Beach, nicknamed Yokohama Beach by the Japanese fishermen who frequented the area, is an absolute must if you’re interested in experiencing what Hawaii was like before being urbanized. This rural beach will feel like another world as you reach its white sands and the vast nature that make up the backdrop of Yokohama.

For most of the year you’re likely to see very little tourist traffic here as there’s no bus access or tour buses traveling to this coastal side of Oahu. This makes for an excellent spot to escape from the world and discover what untouched Hawaii looks like. Since Keawaula is so sequestered it can be a perfect place to camp for the evening, with this being said it is best to be cautious about your belongings as thievery has been reported in this area.

Taking an adventure to this practically out of reach beach is well worth the journey. In the winter months you can come here to view big wave surfers barreling and gliding mammoth waves. You also can take advantage of the bodyboarding conditions that Keawaula provides, as well as the great catches you’ll find if you’re someone who enjoys fishing. For those wanting to swim here we recommend staying close to the shoreline to avoid where the ocean floor drops off.

Excited to discover more of Keawaula Beach’s surrounding region? We recommend grabbing your hiking gear and exploring the Turtle Rock. It’s a short hike that leads to gorgeous ocean views on Oahu’s western side. Another great place to visit is the Kaʻena Point State Park where you’ll find many trails all leading to scenic views. For those wanting to stay within close distance of Makua Beach, we recommend exploring your options at either the Hawaiian Princess Resort or the Makaha Resort. If you’re interested in staying at one of the other nearby resorts on the western side of the island, they offer their visitors an excellent spa service and an eighteen hole golf course that is ranked as one of the nations top courses. Check them out here – Four Seasons Ko Olina Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

Looking for a local restaurant nearby? For a healthier option, The Beach House by 604 is your go to choice for fresh food and wonderful views of the ocean. There’s also the Spinners Cafe whose cozy, welcoming environment offers traditional breakfast to empower you for that long day of exploring Oahu. If you’re searching for a place to catch some delicious seafood and refreshing drinks, look no further, Da Crawfish and Crab Shack has a wide variety of options to choose from.