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Does one need water shoes for the ocean? Is it rocky or sandy?
We wear them inside our fins when we snorkel. Protects the top of my foot from rubbing and blistering but I might just be a bit of a snorkel diva. The beach directly in front of the Outrigger Reef is quite rocky. You might want them there. Otherwise you should be goodEdited: 18 September 2018, 02:54
If you go directly to the beach by Duke's restaurant it is all sand; however, if you go to Hilton Hawaiian Village, it is rocky. You can skip the water shoes if you go to the beach by Duke's restaurant or Duke's statue.
As WinstonWaikiki says, it really depends on where you are. The water right in front of the Outrigger Reef starts out perfectly sandy, but after about 6 -8 feet, it becomes all rocks and I found it very uncomfortable without water shoes. The Outrigger Waikiki is all smooth sand and the in front of the Royal Hawaiian, not only is it smooth sand, but the sand bar goes out about a half way to Tahiti.
It depends on where you are what yo plan to do. We buy them to use when we go snorkeling at Sharks Cove. Other than that, we don't use them any where else. For us, beaches there are sandy enough to not need them but all depends how sensitive your feet are. IMO, if you are in Waikiki, you don't need them.
I figured better safe than sorry, so I purchased a pair for ~30 that actually are comfortable enough to wear as walking/ light hiking shoes. And they actually look like runners, so no one will know the difference. Found them on Amazon and I'm super impressed with them. Comfortable and weigh just about nothing, which is great for travel! I'll report how they hold up, but that'll be a few more months...
Get water shoes, there was a few beaches I did not put mine on and wished I had.
Hope that helps,