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Where in the world: USA  /  Hawaii  /  Oahu  /  Waimanalo

Top 15 things to do in Waimanalo

1. Dolphin Quest, Oahu

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Waimanalo Beach

Perfect for large groups and weddings! Minimum stays five nights.

Historical Waimanalo Beach Cottages is a beautiful country getaway. Steps from beautiful Waimanalo Beach where you see the most amazing sunrise.

Our business is a Hawaii State Licensed vacation rental. We offer nine spacious cottages that comfortably accommodate up to 24 guests. We have full-size kitchens that include the comforts of home with your family and friends. Our local grocery stores are nearby making your stay relaxed and affordable.

Our journey began over 60 years when Andrea Peters, mother and grandmother purchased Waimanalo Beach Cottages, formerly known as Waimanalo Motel by a family who managed the Waimanalo sugar mill. At this time many military personals would vacation at the cottages with friends and relatives.

Once purchased, Waimanalo Beach Cottages were occupied by residents for long-term rentals. Within the last 15 years, Waimanalo Beach Cottages has transformed from residential rentals to vacation rentals, allowing our many visitors to enjoy our part of history and experience old Hawaii at its best. Currently, we have an old time resident that continues to lives on our property for the past 25 years.

So what makes us different?

Our family-run business has grown significantly over the years, but our commitment to giving you an extensive range of quality cottages at a good value hasn’t changed.

Our unmatched customer service brings our clients back time and time again, and with over 1000 holidays and weddings booked each year, we must be getting something right!

Waimanalo Beach Cottages offers you Aloha. Each cottage in has been personally inspected and approved by our owners before your check in. From breath-taking ocean views and landscapes, we offer something for everyone. Enjoy your Stay!


Sea Life Park

Olamana Golf Course

Hawaii Kai Golf Course

Makapuu Light House (Hike)

Pony Rides

Surf Board Rentals

Scuba Diving

Boat Charters


Koko Head Carter (Hike)

Shopping & Dining Close by Waimanalo Beach Cottages

Ono Steaks House (808) 688-4117

Keneke’s (808) 259-9800

Sweet Home Waimanalo (808) 259-5737

Serg’s Mexican Kitchen

L & L Hawaiian BBQ (808) 259-6888

Kimoz Bar (808) 259-8800

McDonald’s (808) 259-8848

Waimanalo Beach Cafe & Gallery LLC 808-783-4749

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Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Sea Life Park Hawaii

Sea Life Park Hawaii showcases more than 2,000 marine animals in their natural habitats and invites visitors to swim alongside many of them. Featuring multiple themed exhibits including a penguin park, bird sanctuary, dolphin cove, and Hawaiian reef aquarium, the park gives you the opportunities of a large-scale aquarium for animal viewing. However, you'll find that there are also many shows featuring the park's residents, which highlight the institution's marine conservation campaigns. Dive into one of the swim experiences to paddle with sea lions, dolphins, stingrays, or sharks. You can also get a taste of traditional Polynesian culture at the Chief's Luau, an interactive performance that includes food, hula dancing, and more. Book ahead of time to ensure your spot.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
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5. Bellows Field Beach Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Halona Blowhole, Oahu

At Halona Blowhole, watch the sea water shooting up to 9 m (30 ft) into the air from a molten underwater lava tube. Created thousands of years ago and surrounded by steep, sharp and slippery sea cliffs, the blowhole is one of Oahu's natural wonders and a must-stop scenic spot on southeastern shore of the island. The blowhole is best observed from the safe distance of the lookout point when the waves are high.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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8. Makapu'u Point, Oahu

Climb to the easternmost point of the island of Oahu to enjoy the spectacular views from Makapu'u Point. This rocky peak serves as the finish line for many hiking trails and is home to Makapu'u Point Light, a 1909 lighthouse boasting one of the world's largest Fresnel lenses. The perch offers panoramic vistas of the bays on either side, where the waves crash against the rocky cliffs. The rough waves below make for great surfing conditions; alternatively, look out for whales in the surrounding waters. Be aware that the hike out to the point is difficult, and for experienced hikers only.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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9. Makapu'u Beach

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Sherwood Beach

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Saint Catalina Seaside Chapel

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Kaiona Beach Park

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. Makapu’u Point Tide Pools

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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