The coastal waters of the Waianae coastline near the Jw Marriott Ihilani, Ko Olina Beach Club, and the Disney Aulani nurture many marine species. These species include (but are not limited to) 18 species of toothed dolphins and whales, Hawaiian monk seals, and green sea turtles.
The four man-made Ko Olina Lagoons, are perfect for swimming most any time of the year (there have been times of jellyfish influx). Rock barriers provide protection from the ocean and high surf. The lagoons are sandy beaches surrounded by manicured grass, palm trees, and shaded picnic areas. Clean bathrooms are avaialble.
The only thing you should watch out for are the slippery rocks that separate the four lagoons. These rocks can be dangerous to climb and have caused more than a few accidents. On rough days, the currents can be strong enough to drag you out into the open ocean. Make sure to stay within the designated safe areas and always check the weather conditions before diving in.
See this Google Map for a satellite view of the lagoons which appear as crescent shapes. You can zoom out on the map to see driving directions, and it's position relative to the rest of Oahu island.
Ko Olina coastal waters are home to ancient coral reefs, which sustain thousands of ocean plants and animals. Coral reefs are more diverse than rainforests!
One quarter of these ocean species are found nowhere else on earth. Despite so much variety, the marine wildlife in Hawaii is fragile and vulnerable.
“I took to the water to satisfy the nature disconnect I was feeling. Reefs are more diverse than rainforests, and what land animal can compete with the beauty, intelligence and evolutionary success of dolphins and whales?” Tori Cullins, local marine biologist
Coral Reefs | Spinner Dolphins | Hawaiian Monk Seal | Green Sea Turtles | Whale Watching| Let's go see 'em! |