Snorkeling Kahe Point Beach Park (aka Electric Beach)

About electric beach

Kahe Point Beach Park is more commonly referred to by its nickname – Electric Beach.

Electric Beach doesn’t provide your typical tropical picturesque scenery that the other Oahu snorkel spots on our list do, but a trip to Electric Beach is all about the snorkeling, and will surely not disappoint.

Aptly nicknamed due to the Electric Power Plant located opposite, the plant uses the seawater as a coolant, and clean warm water is pumped from the plant back into the ocean via two long pipes running along the sea bed.

The clean water being expelled from the electric plant back into the ocean is warm, and attracts an exciting and diverse range of sealife, making this a popular snorkeling destination.

Also sometimes known as Tracks Beach due to the train tracks running in parallel with the beach, but no longer in use – The water here is stunningly clear and you are guaranteed to see an abundance of sea life.

Location & Getting There

Electric Beach is located on the West side of Oahu, just north of Ko Olina Resorts.

The walk from Ko Olina Resort to Electric Beach is only one mile so should take you around 20 minutes, making this a very accessible snorkeling spot for those staying at the resort

If you’re coming from Waikiki then the drive to Kahe Point Beach Park is about 40 minutes. If you are traveling by car to Kahe Point Beach Park then there is plenty of parking available in the area.

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Difficulty

Electric Beach is really more reserved for intermediate swimmers and above.

The reason it isn’t the best location for beginners is that there is a moderate swim involved to reach the area where all of the wildlife congregates, and there are also no lifeguards present at this location.

Moderate waves and currents can also be experienced here making this location a bit too advanced for novice swimmers and children.

Snorkeling Electric Beach

The best area to snorkel at Electric beach is the near the exit of the pipe – the pipes exit is indicated from shore by the ‘bubbling’ effect which can be seen at the surface of the water

If you look out toward the sea from the parking lot then you will be able to see the bubbles and the rough area in the water that you are aiming to reach – the pipe originates from in the cement ‘pool’ right next to where you enter the water, so you can use this as a guide. It’s then basically a straight shot out from here.

The entrance into the water is a fairly simple beach entry – the entry is quite narrow, and the waves here can get quite rough at certain times. You should not attempt to enter the water here if the waves are too rough. From here it’s about a 700ft swim from the shore to the exit of the pipe.

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It’s a fairly moderate swim but it will be well worth it once you get to the end. But there will also be much for you to see on the way too – Green Sea Turtles are common, as are a few small schools of other fish to see like butterflyfish and angelfish.

The water around the pipe’s exit will feel noticeably warmer, and the clarity in the water here is excellent.

There will be plenty of sea life congregating around this area for you to observe

Tips/Info

In order to enjoy your day and get the most out of snorkeling Electric beach please take note of the following information and tips on this location:

  • There are no stores nearby to buy food/drinks so bring a cooler with you.
  •  Showers, restrooms and a picnic area are available in this area
  • Don’t leave any valuables on the beach or in your car as this is a high theft area. Minimise what valuables you bring with you and lock any that you do bring in your car and out of sight. Securely attach your car key to your swim shorts/bathing suit.
  • Due to the moderate swim involved in reaching the pipe you should bring your snorkel fins. Swim with a buddy, and possibly even a snorkel vest if you wish.
  • This area is also popular with scuba divers, and is a popular point to teach and certify beginner divers 
  • Do not dive down in front of the pipes opening! The water coming out of the pipe is very strong – swim above and around it.

Wildlife at Kahe Point

  • Butterfly fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, surgeon fish, tang, wrasse, squirrel fish, big eyes, perch, trigger fish, the former Hawaii State Fish Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, goat fish, snapper, hawk fish, jacks, mackerel, cornet fish, needle fish, crustaceans, and invertebrates and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins!

Other Nearby Attractions

Ko’Olina Resort is only a 20 minute walk away. The four ‘Lagoons’ at Ko’Olina resort are also a popular snorkel location and are worth taking a trip to.

Check out our guide to snorkeling Ko’Olina lagoon.

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