Halona Blowhole and Halona Beach Cove Travel Guide
Eternity Beach | Photo by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Mark Kushimi
Halona Blowhole and Halona Beach Cove
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Halona Blowhole and Halona Beach Cove are neighboring sites that showcase Oahu’s rugged coast and beautifully turbulent seas.
Located about 20 minutes from Waikiki, Halona Blowhole is an underwater cave that spews water into the air like a geyser. It was formed when a piece of the cave’s ceiling collapsed. Now, when it fills with water, the pressure has nowhere to escape but through the hole. This causes water to shoot out in a pressurized mist, resembling a whale’s blowhole. On days with strong winds and high tides, the water flies many feet into the air.
The spectacle is wonderful to witness and there’s a lookout point where you can watch the entire thing unfold. On a clear day, you might even see Moloka’i from the lookout, and in the winter, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales. Visit Halona Blowhole on Shaka Guide's East Oahu Shoreline Drive!
Halona Beach Cove … or Eternity Beach or Cockroach Cove
To the right of Halona Blowhole is Halona Beach Cove, also known as Eternity Beach or Cockroach Cove. On Shaka Guide’s East Oahu Shoreline Drive, we refer to it as Eternity Beach. It got that particular name for its role in the 1953 film, “From Here to Eternity.” This spot provided the backdrop for one of the most iconic movie scenes at the time -- the famous kiss between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr’s characters.
A lot has changed since the 50’s but, Halona Beach Cove remains a favorite for Hollywood crews to film epic beach scenes. It’s been featured in a number of blockbusters such as “Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides,” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”
If you want to climb down to the beach, it’s a rocky descent so watch your step! Once you’re there, you can relax on the sand, look for sea turtles, or go for a dip -- just keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty and the waves are typically rough.
Aside from parking, there are no facilities -- bathrooms, water fountains, concessions, or showers -- at both Halona Blowhole and Halona Beach Cove.
If you’re headed to the lookout to marvel at Halona Blowhole, there’s a small parking lot. You can also park here if you’re planning to go to Eternity Beach. During the week you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot. However, on the weekends, you’ll want to arrive early to find parking.
Tips For Your Visit
If you want to hike down to Halona Beach Cove here’s what you need to know:
Bring a Towel
The hike down to this beach is rocky. It’s a bit difficult to get a beach chair down with you, so we suggest packing as light as possible. If you’re planning on staying for a little bit, bring a towel and rest on the sand.
Preferably reef safe! The sun in Hawaii is strong and unlike many other beaches in the Aloha State, there are no palm trees for shade.
Pack Water and Snacks
As we mentioned, there are no facilities at this spot. If you’re planning on spending some time bring water and snacks. Just remember to take your trash with you -- there are no bins on the beach.
Snorkel Gear is Optional
If you’re lucky, you might catch a sea turtle or two hanging out in the waters at Halona Beach Cove. If you do, be sure to keep a safe and responsible distance. Not only are they wild animals, there are fines for getting too close. These beautiful creatures are protected here in Hawaii.
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