Sand Island State Recreation Area
picnic table on beach with view of diamond head

Sand Island State Recreation Area

On Saturday, (1/12/19) a cooperative operation between city & county, state, and federal government agencies resulted in the successful removal of a decomposing whale carcass from shallow waters fronting Sand Island State Recreation Area. The DLNR Division of State Parks posted closed signs in the area yesterday and based on advice from NOAA the signs will remain in place for now. Experts caution people from entering the water, as they say there is a lot of “whale material” remaining in the area. Please follow instructions on posted signs.


April 1 to Labor Day:
7 am to 7:45 pm

After Labor Day to March 31:
7 am to 6:45 pm

Entrance Fee None
Camping Camping fees start at $12 per campsite per night.
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Sand Island State Recreation Area offers weekends-only shoreline camping within a heavily industrialized area very close to the urban core of Honolulu and the flight path of the Honolulu International Airport. This park is also adjacent to the Sand Island Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) day use riding area, which contains tracks and trails for motorized OHV’s and non-motorized BMX bikes.

Sand Island is an arid, urban coastal park which offers picnicking, camping, walking, shore fishing and board surfing. It fronts a small sand beach and has good views of Honolulu Harbor and ocean sunsets. (14.0 acres)