Sandy Beach must be Oahu´s most dangerous beach. It has a punishing shorebreak, a powerful backwash and strong rip currents. It is extremely popular among bodyboarders who know their stuff. Surfing here is not for little boys. Most bodyboarders seem to be at the south end of the beach. This is also where the crowds gather to watch the daredevils being tossed around in the skull-crushing waves. There is no secret that hundreds of people are injured at Sandy Beach each year, some with just broken arms and dislocated shoulders, but others with serious spinal injuries. The upside? For experienced shorebreak riders, the action is a thrill found nowhere else.
The beach itself is wide, long and has grainy sand. The wind is pretty strong, so if you mind that the sand stick to your suntan lotion, this is not the beach for you. The beach have bodyguards and they are very good at informing the public about the wave and current situation.
This beach is situated north of Hanauma Bay
and seems to be a bit off the main tourist track. If you would like to spend the day at Sandy Beach remember to bring plenty of water and lunch because there is nothing to buy. On weekends you might find a food wagon selling lunches and drinks. There are public toilets and fresh water showers though. If you don´t have a car you can get here from Waikiki
on bus #22. Just remember that it does not run on Tuesday when Hanauma Bay is closed. You can also get from Waikiki to Sandy Beach with bus #23. It runs inland from Hawaii Kai
via Koko Crater Botanical Garden.