The Bellows AFB Cabins are awesome and on the beach. Take a photo tour of them inside and out and learn what to expect. You will love staying here.
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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 the 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.
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.
Boogie Board aka body board
Board with Fins
Mask and Snorkel
Also found at the Turtle Cove is an arcade, snack bar, and ATM.
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 TVs in the unit.
Pictures of Bellows AFB Beach Cabins
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, miniature golfing, and a driving range.
Bellows Beach FAQs
Where can I make a reservation?
What time is check-in?
Check-in: 3 pm/Check-out: 11 am
Can I pick out which cabin I stay in?
Can non-military visit Bellows Beach?
Bellows beach is open to civilians on Saturday and Sunday only.
Can you drink alcohol on Bellows Beach?
Not really. Alcoholic beverages may NOT be consumed past the tree line on any portion of Bellows Beach. Pavilion/campsite/cabin guests may bring their own alcohol to be consumed in their rented space. So if you are staying in one of the cabins you can drink at your cabin.