Avoid the crowds and snorkel with sea life at Electric Beach

Written by: 
Anuhea Chen
Electric Beach acquired its name from the electrical power plant it shares land with.

Kahe Point, also known as Electric Beach, is a forgotten snorkel spot on the west side of Oahu. When you approach Electric Beach, you will see a vast ocean of blue water, and under the water is an abundance of sea life.

Electric Beach got its nickname because it is right in front of the Hawaiian Electric Kahe Power Plant. From the plant into the ocean flows warm water from two pipes drawing in the fish, turtles, and other sea creatures.

What it looks like

Electric Beach is a dry cliff overlooking crystal blue water, and oftentimes, the sky is bright and clear. Do not dive off the cliff because the surrounding area is full of coral. The beach to the right of the cliff has a small sandy area where you can lay out and tan. If you face your back to the ocean, you will see the power plant embedded in the green hills.

At the beach park

Kahe Point Beach Park has a medium-sized paved parking lot that does not require an entrance fee. As with other spots on the island, it is best not to leave valuables in your car due to possible break-ins. Near the parking lot are restrooms and a shower to wash off sand after your adventures.

There is also a pavilion between the restrooms and parking lot where a group could gather for a party or picnic. If you plan on staying at Electric Beach for a while, bring your own food and drinks as there are no stores nearby.

Because there is no lifeguard on duty, be cautious as you explore and swim.


To enter the water, the shoreline is past the restrooms and next to a gated concrete wall. Due to the rough waves and current, it is important to be cautious and monitor the time you enter and exit the ocean.

It is recommended by the Snorkeling Report that only intermediate and advanced swimmers enter the water wearing fins. Hawaii Snorkeling Guide suggests taking a snorkel tour if you are a beginner. When you are snorkeling out by the pipe, do not swim in front of the pipe openings because the water creates a strong current that can be dangerous.

The Hawaii Snorkeling Guide also lists some fish you can see including butterfly fish, parrot fish, damselfish, triggerfish, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, mackerel, and crustaceans. Sea turtles and pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins have also been spotted at Electric Beach.


Date Published: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Last Edited: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018