Although it is often referred to as a resort, Ko Olina doesn’t describe a property in particular. It is, in fact, a master-planned vacation and residential community containing several upscale resorts, like the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club. The area is famous for its pristine, man-made beach coves (the sand was imported from Lanai!) that are very popular with swimmers. Their creation was more a necessity than a caprice, as the ocean tends to be quite turbulent in these parts; the rock levies encase the lagoons for safer sea ventures.
The destination is famous for its unparalleled golfing opportunities, including the LPGA Lotte Championship (women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour). Ko Olina caters to a luxury and affluent clientele, but visitors should know that it is entirely possible and strongly encouraged to visit the lavish hotel grounds without being a registered guest – the gardens and exotic flora alone are worth the detour. Additionally, the Ko Olina golf course features 72 impeccably maintained courses complemented by cascading waterfalls and rolling hills, as well as a Hawaiian fusion restaurant.
Because of its location on the west side of the island, Ko Olina makes for a perfect spot to enjoy one of Hawaii’s legendary sunsets. Activities in the area are otherwise limited if visitors are not registered guests at one of the three resorts.
Ko Olina is located on the western leeward coast of O’ahu, 17 miles northwest of Honolulu. It can be reached by car via routes H201 and H1 in 40 minutes. It is also possible to get there by bus but the journey is quite lengthy and complex. The beach is fully equipped with visitor facilities, such as showers, restrooms and outdoor restaurants at hotels.