Magic island beach is a small extensive of Ala Moana Beach Park and is located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. A popular local beach park area, visitors also love to explore this area for all the outdoor activities, beach park and amazing views you’ll get walking around the waterfront promenade.

You will love visiting this wonderful area of Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach park and stroll the waterfront area, enjoy a day on the beach, catch a magical sunset or even watch fireworks here off Waikiki beach close by.

Magic Island (swim, surf, exercise, stroll & enjoy the views)

Magic Island (swim, surf, exercise, stroll & enjoy the views)

People come to Magic Island to swim or snorkel, surf off shore in the many surf breaks in the area, bike or jog or just do an easy stroll like many visitors enjoy around the park grounds. You’ll also see diving and surfing classes on the beach area and funny enough a lot of wedding pictures are taken on the beach here at Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Park

A little history about Magic Island

A little history about Magic Island

This man-made peninsula called Magic Island was created with a lot of the sand, rocks and coral that was dredged from the shallow beach water areas of Ala Moana Beach. The dredging was done to create an extension of the Ala Wai Canal and harbor out to the ocean originally planned. Started in the 1960s and completed in 1964 the peninsula area including the protected lagoon beach area with rock barriers at the end of the peninsula.

The excess fill from the ocean dredging was used to create this peninsula area. It was originally slated for commercial and hotel development which didn’t happen and the land was deeded back to the city and converted the area into a fantastic beach park area for everyone to enjoy.  In 1972, the area was named Aina Moana meaning “Land from the Sea” noting most of the land was created from the coral dredge from the shallow areas of Ala Moana Beach. The name was later changed to Ala Moana Beach Park when the land was officially transferred to the city.

Most locals from the area called the peninsula Magic Island because of the man-made nature of the development and it being turned into a park for everyone and the name just stuck.

Magic Island overview and amenities

Magic Island overview and amenities

Protected Sandy beach lagoon area with a rocky barrier

The Beach Park has benches, picnic tables and shade trees on the large grassy areas.

A long-paved waterfront pathway starts from the Ala Wai harbor through Magic Island and eventually to the rest of Ala Moana Park.

There is a large parking area to Magic Island separate from Ala Moana Park. There are over 470 parking stalls allocated for beach parking use and the parking is totally free.

There are over 47 acres of the peninsula land in the area of Magic Island

Amenities includes:

Parking areas, restroom and showers, lifeguard stations, food concessions, bus transportation, Wiki Bike rentals

Recent improvements to Magic Island

Recent improvements to Magic Island

The city of Honolulu and county has recently upgraded the park areas by making improvement to the parking area with repaving and restriping and creating a better dop off area for cars and adding more garbage cans, new gates, benches and trash cans.

They have also planted over 220 trees in the park area and created new sand volleyball courts off the beach areas of the park.

You can walk, bike or jog the main waterfront path around Magic Island and all the way to the end of Ala Moana Beach Park

You’ll see fishing in the lagoon, along the beaches or off the rock barriers at Magic Island

Magic Island Lagoon FAQ

Magic Island Lagoon FAQ

Can you swim at Magic Island?

Yes, the man-made lagoon and beach area at the tip of the peninsula is protected with a rocky barrier making the lagoon area with sandy bottom safe to swim in

Is the Lagoon area public?

All the park land and beach areas per Hawaii statute is open and free for the public to enjoy

How deep is the lagoon at Magic Island?

The entrance part of the lagoon starts off shallow and ranges in depth from 15 – 20 feet

Is fishing allowed at Magic Island lagoon and beaches?

Is fishing allowed at Magic Island lagoon and beaches?

There are no restrictions currently to fishing in the lagoon or rocks of Magic Island and locals typically fish for yellowfin tuna, Crevalle Jack, goat fish, bone fish and common dolphin fish

Ocean Safety conditions – check out the daily conditions of the beach parks around Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Park here for more updated visitor information.

How to get to Magic Island in Honolulu

How to get to Magic Island

By Bus – you can catch any bus lines in Waikiki or Honolulu and all bus lines stop at Ala Moana Shopping Center. From there you just cross the main street to the beach park area of Magic Island

By Wiki bike – there are wiki bike stations located at Magic Island and Ala Moana shopping center where you can park your bikes or use the rentals directly from this area.

Taxi or Uber service – can take you directly from where you are staying to either Magic Island or Ala Moana Beach Park areas.

Here’s a cool look at Magic Island from above

Things to do close to Magic Island and Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Shopping Center

Ala Moana Shopping Center

The largest outdoor mall in all of Hawaii features local and international brand shops and galleries, three food court areas, bars and entertainment venues and even a large-scale grocery store, post office and other sundry venues. Located just across from Magic Island, it is an easy walk to explore, shop and eat at Ala Moana Center

Check out our post here on visiting Ala Moana Shopping Center for more information and images to visiting this area.

Kaka ‘ako district in Honolulu
Exploring the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu

Kaka ‘ako district

The Uber trendy and hip district of Kaka’ako is nearby with a variety of craft breweries in the area, world renown street artist come yearly to paint the many industrial areas with hip graphics and painted design in the style. The fun area of Salt hosts a variety of shops, eateries and hang out areas for locals and visitors to enjoy this cool area and explore all the different and fun attractions in Kaka’ako.

Check out our post on visiting Kaka’ako here for more information and images to visiting this area.

Downtown Honolulu
HIstoric downtown Honolulu in Oahu, attractions, monuments and historic buildings

Downtown Honolulu

A short drive leads you to the historic downtown district of Honolulu where most of the cultural and historic treasures are located. Important buildings like the state capital building, Iolani Palace, the Mission Houses, Start Art Building, Kamehameha Statue and various churches and government buildings are centered here. The historic district is a compact area that is easy to walk around and explore the rich culture and history of Honolulu and the downtown district.

Check out our post here on visiting downtown Honolulu for more information and images to visiting this area.

Chinatown in Honolulu Oahu

Chinatown

Further down from downtown Honolulu is the Chinatown area which is fascinating to explore, not only for the many historic buildings that have been repurposed into cool shops and galleries but the cultural centers and shopping venues are fun to explore. You’ll find an array of delicious Pan Asian inspired food venues along with traditional Chinese restaurants, dim sum houses and food marketplaces to explore and try some local foods, buy some cheap leis or find some souvenirs that you can take home from shopping in the area.

Check out our post here on visiting Chinatown for more information and images to visiting this area.

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Conclusion on visiting Magic Island
Sunset experience while exploring Magic Island

Conclusion on visiting Magic Island

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