The beach on Bellows AFB

The beach on Bellows AFB

Bellows Beach Cabins

One of the many military lodgings available in Oahu, Hawaii is Bellows Air Force Base cabins on Bellows Beach. The cabins are not a five-star military resort like the Hale Koa over in Waikiki, but they do have their very own 3-mile long private beach!

Bellows AFB has 109 beach-side cabins, eight air-conditioned condo units, 55 family campsites, 10 cedar camper cabins and two recreational vehicle sites on Waimanalo bay just north of Waimanalo Beach. 

The main draw for us staying here was the private beach for military only. The beach that runs along Bellows AFB is not open to the public. To stay on a beach with turquoise water, in Hawaii, for super cheap, and avoid the typical crowd. 

The price is based on rank. I believe we paid around $80 a night for this cabin. They did have cheaper, smaller cabins available. Update 2019: These cabins now cost $105 per night, which is still an extremely good price.

A beach cabin on Bellows AFB

A beach cabin on Bellows AFB

Turtle Cove Recreation Center

The cabin was right on the beach of Turtle Cove. The Turtle Cove Recreation Center has everything you need to have a good trip. Here you can rent boogie boards, kayaks, snorkels, bicycles, basketballs, volleyballs or other equipment.

The boogie boarding on this beach was quite good. Granted, it was extremely windy the days we stayed there, which meant the boogie boarding was excellent. We stayed in November.

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Boogie Board aka body board

$5

$15

$25

Board with Fins

$8

$24

$40

Swim Fins

$4

$12

$20

Mask and Snorkel

$6

$18

$30

Snorkel Set

$10

$30

$50

Fishing Rod

$7

$21

$35

Also found at the Turtle Cove is an arcade, snack bar, and ATM. 

Shopette

There is a shopette with gas within walking or driving distance. They sell souvenirs like t-shirts and jewelry. All tax free, of course. They also have a laundrette here in case you need to wash clothes. 

Inside a Bellows Beach AFB Cabins

Our Bellows AFB cabin was a two bedroom with a bathroom. One bedroom had two twin beds and the other bedroom had one queen bed. The bathroom only had a shower, no tub. Also the bathroom shower is not private, so you couldn’t be in there showering while someone got ready. Just so you know. There was soap in the shower, but that was it as far as bathroom amenities. The kitchen was stocked well with everything you would need to make a meal and there was a table for four people. There were at least two TV’s in the unit.

Pictures of Bellows AFB Beach CabinsBathroom inside a Bellows beach cabin Bedroom inside a Bellows beach cabin Kitchen inside a Bellows beach cabin

Bellows AFB Beach Cabin

A typical beach cabin at Bellows Air Force station surrounded by Ironwood trees.

We had a patio with a BBQ. You can see the picnic table.

Since we stayed there they built new condos along the beach that you can rent. They look pretty nice!

Bellows AFB Beach condos

Bellows Air Station has a weekly activity program with a kayaking tour, history tours, and yoga on the beach. They offer lessons too, like ukelele, lei making, and hula lessons.

Also on base are tennis courts, basketball courts, miniture golfing, and a driving range.