The lagoons, white-sand beaches, and resorts of Ko Olina together create one of Oahu’s most sought after vacation destinations. Set on the island’s dry and sunny leeward side, Ko Olina is separated from the bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki, making it ideal for a relaxing Hawaiian vacation filled with sunbathing, snorkeling, and sunsets.
Stay at one of Ko Olina’s waterfront resorts or visit for a day. All four man-made lagoons offer a relaxing place to swim, free of rocks or waves, with its own atmosphere. Beach chairs crowded with resort guests line Lagoon One, while Lagoons Two and Three offer more laid-back vibes with fewer crowds. Independent visitors may find Lagoon Four the best option, since it is the only lagoon not backed by a resort.
Take to the sheltered waters for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, and other water sports, or just relax on the beach. The planned community of Ko Olina also boasts a golf course, shopping, and waterfront restaurants. A broad walking path connects the activities, lagoons, and resorts, making it easy to explore the area on foot.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Staying at a lagoon-side resort is ideal for families looking for a protected swim area.
- Bring a picnic lunch to eat at one of the grassy, shaded picnic areas, or dine at one of the resort restaurants.
- Public showers, bathrooms, and water stations are available at the beaches.
- A stroller- and wheelchair-accessible boardwalk connects the lagoons and hotels.
How to Get There
Ko Olina is located 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Honolulu’s international airport. By car, take HI-1 West to HI-93 West and take the exit for Ko Olina. It is also possible to reach the area by bus or on a tour that includes round-trip transportation from Waikiki.
When to Get There
Set on Oahu’s west side, Ko Olina is an ideal place to catch the sunset. Additionally, its leeward location means the weather is drier than many of the island’s other resort areas, making it a popular destination year-round. If driving, arrive early in the day, as public parking is limited.
Where to Stay at Ko Olina
Ko Olina houses three major resorts, each with its own atmosphere and attractions. Aulani Disney® Resort and Spa, a Hawaiian-themed park, is set just off Lagoon One and caters to families. Also on Lagoon One is the Four Seasons Resort, generally a top choice for couples. The Beach Villas on Lagoon Two offers the area’s most affordable waterfront accommodations. A Marriott overlooks peaceful Lagoon Three.