21 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO ON MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (MCBH)
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionAloha 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. Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (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
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COVID-19 NoticeDue 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 CenterMarine 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.
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2. MCBH Marina & FishingMarine 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 MCBHMarine 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 BeachMarine 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 PondsMarine 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 BeachMarine 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 BeachMarine 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!
8. K-Bay Main Base PoolMarine 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
10. Kaneohe Klipper Golf CourseBldg. 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.
11. K-Bay Semper Fit CenterBldg. 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 KuliaBldg. 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 BoxesBldg. 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
14. K-Bay Theater5th 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 TheaterBase 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 Alley16. 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.
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 CenterMarine 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.
19. Kualoa Ranch49-560 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.
20. Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden45-680 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.
Honolulu, HI21. 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.
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ConclusionThe 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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