It's amazing go if you can. Especially the military side. Secluded and awesome.
You need to be active or a veteran of the military to rent the cabins but the other side is set for civilians. Amazing views with climbing nearby at Makapu'u point/lighthouse. This beach is good for relaxing but the beach just the the NW of Makapu'u is great if you're a decent surfer or bodyboarder.
Great cabins on ground, but you'll have to be military to rent. Civilians can tent camp on the opposite side. The sand here is so fine, it will make its way in to your rent, no matter how tight you close it up. Beware the manawar here when it's in season. They line up all along the beach..
There is actually both a civilian and military campground. The civilian side is for the true camping enthusiast. The military side has both campgrounds and cabins, with a mini golf course and a mini-mart. The cabins have partial ktchen necessities, 2-3 bedrooms 1 bath. You must be active or retired to enter and reserve these military sites.
Oahu's famous east coast is lined with beautiful white sandy beaches, and Bellows is somewhat of a hidden gem. Why? Because you need to have military access to enjoy this beautiful beach park. Go for a short drive from Waikiki along the scenic southeast coast and keep going past Makapuu Lighthouse bend, and you'll see some of the most sea-green bluest waters ever. Keep going past Waimanalo Beach Park and you'll be at the entrance of Bellows. You can keep going on the long driveway in, but you'll need military access or sponsorship to get in.
the sea of light blue, so pretty
Besides the loud music during the day which wasn't to bothersome because that campsite was at the end, it was a great stay. Only suggestion is to bring fly tape or fly traps. A screen tent would be a superb addition. Being close to the beach is awesome, great for families, fisherman or divers.
First let's talk the Smith Sunglasses. These were sent to me as a winner of one of the dyrt contests and I couldn't be happier. I never looked seriously at Smith sunglasses before and stuck with the other name brands (RB, Oak..etc) and I don't know if I will go back. I received the Smith Clark with brown polarized lenses and this is my favorite overall pair of sunglasses I own. The lenses are super clear and the world looks amazing. The other great thing is they are stylish, but hold to your face well enough to do activities in them. I could run around, sweat, paddle, and they never slipped off my face. These are awesome. The only downside is when i went to clean them, I think I had sand on my lens rag and I put a nice swirl in the left lens. Dissapointing, but probably my fault.
Bellows beach is also a great place to spend the day or night. The beach is huge and neighbors another popular beach (Waimanalo) which is great as well. Bellows is sometimes closed for military training etc so if it is, just go next door. There is plenty of space for even the largest crowd on the beach, and there is a nice forested area behind the beach to cool off in the shade. The bathrooms are pretty good too if needed. This beach is a great boogie boarding site and some people were even surfing. Great place! On a Tuesday there were 4 people taking wedding photos, so you know it's beautiful.
Camping in hawaii is special no matter the time and place. Bellows has been a favorite because the waves are perfect for buggie boarding and the beach is peaceful. This spot has plenty of trees to set up a slack line and hammock to relax and play.
Beautiful beach right by the military base. More of a local spot then tourist area. Can go kayaking. Good trees for shade so you don't get too hot.