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21 of the Best Things To Do on Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)
21 of the Best Things To Do on Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)21 of the Best Things To Do on Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)

21 of the Best Things To Do on Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)

Introduction

Aloha and welcome to Marine Corps Base Hawaii! This beautiful installation is located on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. Whether you have just received your Permanent Change of Station Travel Orders (PCS), are in the process of moving, or are already settled into your new home, you may be wondering where the locals go for fun. Well, wonder no more! MCBH has a lot to offer in adventure and recreation. We have a list of the top things to do on and near MCBH.

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(1-7) Outdoor Recreation
(8-9) Pools
(10) Golf Courses
(11-13) Gyms
(14-15) Movie Theater
(16) Bowling
(17-20) Nearby Attractions
(21) Museums

Suggested Read: Marine Corps Base Hawaii: In-Depth Welcome Center

COVID-19 Notice

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.

21 of the Best Things to Do on MCBH

MCBH Outdoor Recreation

1. MCBH Outdoor Recreation & Equipment Center

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Bldg. 6800
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7666

Located at the Marina, Outdoor Rec offers tents, coolers, stoves, lanterns, surfboards, boogie boards, rods and reels, horseshoes, picnic canopies, tables and chairs, as well as campsites. Check the map for MCBH camping spots.

More like this: 10 of the Best Military Campgrounds & RV Parks in the United States

2. MCBH Marina & Fishing

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
D Street
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7666

Located on scenic Kaneohe Bay, the MCBH marina offers a variety of activities for water sports enthusiasts. They offer sailboats, powerboats, or for larger parties, pontoon boats. Rentals are available for sailing, water-skiing, fishing, and kayaking.

3. North Beach MCBH

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
North Beach
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7656

North Beach MCBH is a rare treasure. This beautiful, postcard-perfect beach with consistently awesome waves will have you swimming, snorkeling, and surfing all day.

4. Pyramid Rock Beach

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7656

Pyramid Rock Beach is one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets. Named after a pyramid shaped rock along the coastline, this beach boasts natural green plants and tropical flowers, powderwhite sand and crystal clear water.

5. Nu’upia Ponds

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7666

The Nu’upia Ponds WMA located at the southeastern end of the base, consists of eight interconnected ponds, wetlands, and shrubland covering 517 acres. Explore the wildlife while using the running trails around Nu’upia Pond.

6. Hale Koa Beach

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Perimeter Rd
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7656

At Hale Koa Beach, the calm and pristine water makes it the go-to spot for snorkeling and paddleboarding. Great for kids!

7. Secret Beach

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 274-3444

Secret Beach is open to all authorized DoD ID card holders with proper base access. This not-so-secret beach has calm waters great for kids and kayaking. There are always things to do at the beach!

MCBH Pool

MCBH Pool

8. K-Bay Main Base Pool

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
1196 5th St.
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7655

The K-Bay Main Base Pool offers a variety of classes year-round to teach and enhance existing aquatic-based recreational skills at every level. One of MCB Hawaii’s greatest aspects is that you can swim year-round. What’s even better, you can throw pool parties year-round too. Call the number above for more information.

MCBH Golf Course

Kaneohe Bay

10. Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course

Bldg. 3088
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-1745

Don’t miss the chance to play one of the world’s best military golf courses, consistently voted Number One by DoD patrons. The Kaneohe Klipper is an 18-hole championship golf course with separate driving range, chipping and putting green. The course offers a variety of additional services including golf lessons, a Junior Golf Program and rental equipment. ADA compliant golf carts are also available.

MCBH Gym

11. K-Bay Semper Fit Center

Bldg. 3037
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7597

Active duty maintains priority use at this facility. Cloth face-covering are required. Please clean the equipment after use. Occupancy limits.

12. Semper Fit Center Kulia

Bldg. 6753
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 257-3823

Ideal for family fitness, the Semper Fit Center Kulia offers an array of cardio, weight and selectorized equipment. A childcare co-op is also available (not affiliated with Children & Youth Programs). Open Monday thru Friday from 0600 to 1800. Closed 1000-1100 for cleaning. Open to Active duty, dependents, retirees, and MCBH Civilians. As always, active duty maintains priority use at this facility.

13. K-Bay Semper Fit Outdoor HITT Center & HITT Boxes

Bldg. 3037
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7597

This center is designed with an open floor facility equipped to enhance functional, combat related, and tactical physical training. It includes TRX units, medicine balls, kettlebells, plyometric boxes and more. Open to all active duty personnel. Call the number above for class details or visit their website for more information.

MCBH Movie Theater

MCBH Movie Theater

14. K-Bay Theater

5th St.
Bldg. 219
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7642

Who doesn’t enjoy a movie date? So invite that neighbor or take that loved one to a night out at the K-Bay Theater, and don’t forget to order them popcorn!

15. MCBH Drive-in Theater

Base Theater Parking Lot
Bldg. 219
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7642

MCCS is proud to be able to offer this program to their valued Marines, Sailors and families. The drive-in is located in the base theater (building 219) parking lot. For base theater movies, visit our K-Bay Theater page for upcoming movies.

MCBH Bowling Alley

16. K-Bay Lanes
Kaneohe Bay
Bldg.1666
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7693

At the K-Bay Lanes, you will have a blast with your friends and family during cosmic bowling. It’s a glow-bowl dance party every weekend at K-Bay Lanes! The hottest music of yesterday and today fills the air as you bowl under a cosmic array of lights. Black lights and hazers create a glowing, optical translucent environment. Open to all authorized patrons and their guests.

Nearby Attractions

Marine Corps Base Hawaii

17. MCBH Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT)

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Bldg. AS-4044 Curtis Road
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7563

For all your theme park, travel, and ticketing needs. MCBH Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT) has everything you need to plan your next vacation. Special military pricing to many tourist attractions, special events, dinner shows, theme parks, and much more! Plus they have great deals on vacation packages, hotels, and cruises. Stop by for personal service to make the most of your leisure time!

18. SM&SP Recreation Center

Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Bldg. 1629
Kailua, HI 96734
Phone: 1 (808) 254-7593

Located inside Kahuna’s Complex, the Rec Center provides a spacious and comfortable atmosphere for watching movies on the community big screen or the TV lounge. Sixteen computer stations provide free internet access to check your email or get up to speed with current events. Free WiFi is also available throughout Kahuna’s Complex. Plus, the Rec Center has pool tables, ping pong tables, XBox and PlayStations.

Kaneohe, HI

19. Kualoa Ranch

49-560 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 1 (808) 237-7321

Kualoa Ranch & Private Nature Reserve is a 4000 acre property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Offering ziplining, ATV rides, horseback, movie site tours, ocean voyages, jungle expeditions, secret island beach activities and more! This is a must-see when stationed at MCBH.

Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden, Kaneohe, HI

20. Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden

45-680 Luluku Rd.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 1 (808) 233-7323

Whether you’re fishing, camping or just driving through the Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden you will agree it was rightfully named “a peaceful refuge.” Check the website to reserve your campsite or plan your trip today.

MCBH Museums

Honolulu, HI

21. Pearl Harbor Tours
891 Valkenburgh St
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: 1 (808) 312-3705

Visiting Pearl Harbor & the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument sites is a great activity for the entire family. Pearl Harbor Tours provides the best options to pay your respects at the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Battleship Missouri, USS Bowfin Submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Beyond Pearl Harbor, their tours also can include visits to the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Dole Plantation and more on their Circle Island & Pearl Harbor combo tours.

More like this: 11 Famous War Memorials That Should Be on Every Bucket List

Conclusion

The beauty of Oahu and the perfect year-round weather will have you jumping at the chance for adventure. Between the vast amount of outdoor recreation like camping, hiking, swimming, and boating – you will always find a way to enjoy new and exciting things to do on MCBH. Being in the middle of the exotic Hawaiian Islands, makes this duty station a desirable one. MCBH has so much to offer in beauty and history. Don’t hesitate! Invite your neighbor to the beach, take your kids to the museum, seize that opportunity to explore the great outdoors. The fun awaits you!

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