Ala Moana Regional Park sits directly across from the Ala Moana Shopping Center, just west of Waikiki. It was once part of the same wetlands until they dredged coral from the ocean to create the Ala Wai Canal. It was then that Ala Moana was converted into a 76-acre park full of boundless multi-use trails, banyan trees, and coconut palms.
At the east end of Ala Moana Beach is a large lagoon with golden white sand and calm, serene waters creating the most warm, tranquil environments. The ocean bottom is a twenty-five foot deep channel originally maintained as a boat for a boat landing. Because of its length and depth, it is a popular place for swimming laps because the reef sits safely two or three hundred feet offshore. Two beautiful boat harbors border the east and west ends of Ala Moana Beach Park.
The man-made peninsula at the east end of the park is Magic Island and is a popular spot for snorkeling and offshore scuba diving. The infamous Ala Moana Bowls, a popular surf site can be viewed just offshore. This surf locale is considered expert only when the waves are big and the locals can get a bit territorial at the favorite breaks. The smaller lagoon at Magic Island offers white crystalline sand and crystal-clear blue waters. The moon over Ala Moana is extra-ordinary as it waxes to full.