Halona Beach Cove, Hawaii

HALONA BEACH COVE joins a long list of stunning beaches in Hawaii with the island of Oahu a seasider’s paradise.

Yet, the small patch of sand in the south comes with a famous history with many recognising the golden location from the numerous TV shows and films that it has appeared in.

Just 24 minutes from Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu, Halona Beach is set in a tiny bay and surrounded by picturesque caves and rock formations, making it a hiker’s dream.

The beach itself is relatively small, especially compared to the nearby Sandy Beach, with limited relaxing area – yet for those lucky few, it is a brilliant place to sunbathe and enjoy the views out towards the Pacific Ocean, with the sunrises incredibly beautiful.

Swimming is the crisp, blue sea is allowed, although with the waters crowded by rocks and the bay not that deep, you’ll need to be cautious to avoid getting injured or going too far out.

However, for those staying on dry land, exploring the local vicinity is a must with local hotspots just metres away.

Halona Beach Cove is known for the stunning film scenes that have been shot on the Hawaiian coastal hotspot (Amy Meredith/Flickr)
Halona Beach Cove is known for the stunning film scenes that have been shot on the Hawaiian coastal hotspot (Amy Meredith/Flickr)

Up the hill to the west of the beach is the Japanese Fishing Shrine, lava rock sculptured in 1940 to honour fishermen who have drowned out at sea near Oahu.

Meanwhile, to the east is the Halona Blowhole Lookout where water shoots up to 30 feet into the air, while you can gaze out over the sandy shores and the southern coast of the island.

Yet, Halona Beach Cove gets most of its attraction thanks to its fame on the big screen, with the seaside hotspot featuring in major movies including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and From Here to Eternity.

In the latter of the two, Halona was the location of one of the most famous beach scenes in Hollywood history with star actors Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr seen kissing on the shore sands as a wave flows in.

The coastal hotspot has also been used as a filming location for two episodes in the original ,Hawaii Five-O TV series, along with in I Dream of Jeannie back in the 1960s.

Now, residents and tourists alike can walk on the same sand, with the little slice of seaside heaven easily accessible by car with Honolulu just 25 minutes away.

However, if you are planning to visit via public transport, it will take nearly one hour and 20 minutes with plenty of walking required as no buses stop nearby.