Ala Moana Beach Park is about halfway between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki and is directly across from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. It is a long curved beach fronting a 100-acre park. There is a reef about 50 yards out that helps make the area close to the beach perfect for swimming, but maybe not for snorkeling as the water is usually not crystal clear. That said, many people swim here daily. As of late, it has become a favorite spot for stand-up paddle boards, but it has always been known for awesome surf further outside the reef.
Behind the beach there are tennis courts, food concessions, restrooms and showers. There are paths all around the park for jogging or walking too. What’s more, it has become a hub for major events, including the annual Honolulu Greek Festival. It’s also a great spot to watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village‘s Friday Night Fireworks.
Note: The park tends to attract a large portion of Hawaii’s homeless so some caution is advised. However, the beach and the Magic Island peninsula on the Waikiki end of the park are well patrolled by both lifeguards and police so you shouldn’t have any problems.