local temp: 26 C/79F

local time: 12:35 pm

local temp: 26 C/79F

local time: 12:35 pm

Ko Olina is a vacation destination, home to four world-class resorts, fabulous restaurants, phenomenal shopping, and countless modern attractions. Still, it maintains its natural beauty, its relaxed atmosphere, and its place as a haven where Hawaiian royalty once came to relax on O`ahu’s southwestern coast.

The Best Beaches

One of the most visually stunning attractions is also one of the most popular. Ko Olina’s 2 miles of sandy shoreline includes 4 man-made lagoons, perfectly sculpted crescent beaches that feature protected waters, manicured sandy beaches, and beautiful marine life with ideal snorkeling conditions. If the heat of the day makes you peckish, nearby shops offer snacks, Hawaiian barbecue and plate lunches, and cold treats like shave ice (get the azuki beans, trust me). Whatever your desire, a day spent languishing here will make any weary traveler feel like royalty.

Activities Abound

Ko Olina, however, is more than just beautiful beaches. If you’re the active type, the resorts have something for everyone, and all Beach Villas Hawai`i guests have access to the bountiful amenities. Here you can play 18 holes of the most beautiful golf on O`ahu at the Ko Olina Golf Club, or expand your horizons and take a class in Hawaiian Hula or a lesson with a tennis pro. You can even challenge yourself to paddleboard yoga in the lagoons. All of the resorts offer cabanas, lounge chairs, and rental equipment.

For those who love to shop, the boutiques, art galleries, and fashion icons sprinkled through the resorts and shopping centers have something for everyone. There are also multiple state-of-the-art fitness centers and decadent spas with a wide range of indoor and outdoor treatments.

Fine Dining

If you truly like a dinner party, you can feast at a Hawaiian luau; both Paradise Cove and Fia Fia Polynesian Dinner Show are located nearby. Other island inspired restaurants abound, including Roy’s at Ko Olina (from Hawai`i’s own Roy Yamaguchi, a James Beard award-winning chef), Noe with its American and Italian cuisine and fabulous ocean views, and the fun atmosphere of Monkeypod with its excellent pau hana happy hour and live music. An abundance of cafes, coffee shops, and quick eateries make life easier for the traveler on the go. If you have the time, we recommend a Sunset Cruise from the Ko Olina Marina. Sip a Mai Tai as you watch dolphins in the golden light of evening while chefs prepare you haute cuisine on the high seas.

Ocean Excursions

Land is only half of the fun at Ko Olina. Early morning dolphin snorkel excursions are a unique adventure, and afternoon charters are available as well, if you perhaps had one too many Mai Tais the night before. During the winter, whale watching cruises take visitors up close and personal with the majestic Humpback whales that journey to the warm Hawaiian waters. Deep-sea fishing, SCUBA, and other snorkeling trips are also available.

Just Beyond Ko Olina

Thrill seekers can visit the family-friendly Wet’n’Wild Hawai`i waterpark in nearby Kapolei. The park has rides for all ages and temperaments, from the “Kapolei Kooler” lazy river to the jaw-dropping “Volcano Express.” You can even try your hand at surfing!

Ko Olina lives up to its name as a “place of joy” for everyone. In that spirit, we say aloha and encourage you to find your own bliss in paradise!