Ala Moana (or "The Path to the Sea") Beach Park includes the almost mile long Mamala Bay along the Waikiki Coast on the south shore. The park is 76 acres of large grassy lawns, playgrounds, picnic areas, and swaying palm trees plus tennis courts, a music pavilion, lagoon, and yacht harbor.
Although swimming in the calm clear water is great, stay away from the boat channels on either side of the beach and look out for some sharp coral and rocks underfoot.
The beach was actually created in the 1930's by filling in a coral reef with sand, and there are black lava rocks offshore to somewhat protect the bay from extremely rough surf, but still allow large enough waves to ride. Surfing and bodyboarding are both very popular in this area, just west of the famous Waikiki beach.
The park gets very crowded, especially on the weekends, and there are lifeguards on duty as well as a large free parking lot plus metered street parking if the lot's full.
The beach is located at 1201 Ala Moana Blvd.
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