Alan Davis is one of my favorite beaches on Oahu. It’s so easy to get to, it’s never crowded, and the water is crystal clear. It’s nice to have a break from waves and it’s a great place to go if you’re wanting to swim in deep water and not really have to worry about shore break.
To get there, you park in the same parking lot as you would for the lighthouse trail, but instead of taking the paved road up to the left, you go down on the gravel to the right. It is a pretty easy to follow path and will take you to some bushes where you can either go straight to the sand or up and around to the rocks where you can jump in. It’s very shallow in some places so be careful. I always recommend checking the depth of an area before you jump in to prevent injury.
Crystal Clear Water
There used to be a plank that you could jump off of but I believe that is no longer there. The water is so clear and it’s fun to swim around with a mask on. This beach is great if you were wanting to go somewhere with kids. You can bring beach chairs sit on the sand and it’s shallow enough that they could play around In the water without worrying about waves. I prefer laying on the rocks. It is easier to get to the deeper water to swim and it’s so warm.
I used to run the lighthouse trail a few times a week and I always loved to head to Alan Davis after to cool off. I thought the best time to start the run was around 6:30 AM. The sun is really low and a lot of the run is in the shadows cast from the ridges. By the time you’re done it’ll be the perfect temperature to go swim at Alan Davis. It gets really hot so it’s easier to go early morning or sunset instead of the middle of the day
It is possible for the waves to come through into the pool, and there is no lifeguard on duty so make sure you are comfortable swimming and be safe 🙂
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