Want to Find the Ko Olina Secret Lagoon?

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Have you ever dreamt about having a beach all to yourself? With only the sound of the waves echoing in your ears? And rare marine animals for only you to enjoy? Well, I’ve found a place that’s pretty much pulled right from your imagination. I’ve found the Ko Olina secret lagoon.

With all the tourists that flock to Hawaii each year, it’s hard to find a beach that isn’t packed wall-to-wall with people. However, just steps from the tourist hotspot of Ko Olina on Oahu, Hawaii, there’s a small, undiscovered oasis.

What Is the Secret Ko Olina Lagoon?

Beyond the main four lagoons of Ko Olina — as in further north than the first lagoon — there’s this little secret lagoon that’s completely natural. Hidden by the local Paradise Cove luau set up, it stayed unnoticed for quite a while. Now it’s much more popular, probably because it’s one of the best things to do in Ko Olina.

While you might find a few other guests there, this secret Hawaii lagoon is definitely post-card worthy with the glimmering blue ocean crashing onto the sandy shores. To top it all off, almost every time I’ve visited this lagoon, there’s been a Hawaiian green sea turtle (or two!) swimming around!

Be aware, though, that Hawaii law states that you must stay at least 50 yards from the turtles for their health and safety.

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Tell Me How to Get to the Secret Ko Olina Lagoon!

  1. Take the exit off of H-1 West to Ko Olina.
  2. Make a right turn at the sign that says “Lanikuhonua”.
  3. There will be one small section of parking before the gate reserved for those going to visit the lagoon. There are only about eleven spots, so get there early!
  4. At the one end of the parking area, there will be a sidewalk that leads to a sandy path on the left. Follow the path to the end and enjoy your time at this Ko Olina secret Lagoon.

*Update: Since writing this post, the lagoon has become significantly more crowded, and there’s now a designated Google Maps plot point for it (called “Paradise Cove Public Beach”). Regardless, it is still a great place to see a Hawaiian green sea turtle or two!

*Note: Starting at around 5:00 p.m., a local luau begins nearby, so it might get a bit more noisy and crowded. During the day though, it remains a perfect place for rest, relaxation, and enjoying your vacation. Consider leaving around that time and heading to one of the best Ko Olina restaurants instead.

Do you want to know about other turtle-spotting areas on Oahu? This post is the perfect guide.

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