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Bellows Air Force Station
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best kept secret”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I almost feel like I'm giving away the farm by doing this review however I feel that my fellow military members should know about this place. We all in the military have stayed in less than desirable accommodations. Others mention this place is not a luxury resort. This is true but believe me when I say the beach is the best on this island. The accommodations are clean, safe and perfect for couples or a family. Make sure you rent a boogie board for 5 bucks a day, it's worth every penny. There're cabins and a few condos. To get reservations there're rules to follow and it takes planning. Got to the website to learn more. Enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kailua, Hawaii
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Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

Bellows beach is AMAZING! That being said, you come here for that reason. The cabins are clean, the bed was really hard.. But you wake up in the morning to the sound of the ocean and a surreal sunrise! Make some coffee, some crepes and then take a nap on the beach! Life is good!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Tracy, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Just got back from spending 6 nights at the Bellows AFS Na Mok condos! Our family of four stayed in one of the second floor condos, super impressed with the accomadations here. We have stayed at other military rec. lodgings and this was by far the nicest! 2 rooms, beds were comfortable, housekeeping comes around everyday and asks if you would like clean sheets/towels which is really nice. The point of our vacation was to get away and just spend time together as a family - Bellows was great for that, it was quiet and away from all the craziness in Honolulu/Waikiki. The (usable) beach was a 10 minute walk from the condo, it was practically empty while we were there! Our 2 kids (ages 4 and 6) had a blast just running around in the water and playing in the sand. We also rented boogie boards from the recreation office they have there. ONLY downside is the drive if you do plan on doing anything outside of Bellows - it takes an hour to get to the North Shore and about 30-45 minutes to get downtown. Tip: Buy groceries at the Hickam commissary right next to the airport before heading to Bellows!

Room Tip: Get a condo and don't worry about bugs, crappy beds, etc.!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Lexington, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2013

This to us was the best vacation ever. The condos are great for sleeping and for the best view when you wake up in the morning.You want something fancy for a room go some other place . They are clean and in the right location people are excellent in cleaning and fixing anything that is wrong ,we will be coming back to bellows every chance we get. Mahalo bellows

Room Tip: ocean view are the best
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 April 2013

I recently stayed for four nights in two of these cabins and they were great. I was a little apprehensive at first after reading a few reviews, but they were much better than I had hoped for.
I will be going again.
Best beach with very few people
For the price it can't be beat

Room Tip: Plan on cooking out on one of their grills, but must have your own charcoal
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sacramento, CA
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We have been to Bellows beach several times, but in November, 2010, we stayed 5 nights. First off, the cabins are simple cinderblock duplexes. Our unit was a two bedroom with a sofa-sleeper. They are not luxurious but work well for a family of 5. Yes, there are some bugs, but our unit did not have that many. The cabins, in my opinion, are only 10% of the reason to stay at Bellows. The beach makes up the other 90%. It is beautiful with the best sand on Oahu. The waves break nicely for boogy boarding or body surfing. There is no coral, unless you swim offshore about 500 meters, so your toes only touch soft sand while out catching waves. A Subway and mini mart are nearby for food and supplies. My oldest son and I decided to do paintball, which is located near the old runway. What a blast that was! We played for hours, mainly because we won 500 extra rounds during one Capture-the-Flag game. My son did the Medal of Honor run and got the flag for our team. I highly recommend staying at Bellows.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Mackenbach
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2013 via mobile

Condos are great and have Internet (wired and wireless). The view is great and water is close (can see from balcony), but the usable beach (past stone wall) is a couple hundred yards away: Not a complaint, but just to inform if you want the beach outside your door, don't pick the condos. Not a big deal for us, we had to rent equipment (boogey board, kayak) and swim at Turtle Bay (15 mi. Walk). Great location and nice facilities for a very decent price in HI for our family!

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Bellows Air Force Station

Property: Bellows Air Force Station
Address: 220 Tinker Rd, Hotel is for Military personnel ONLY, Waimanalo, Oahu, HI 96795-1903
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Waimanalo
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Ranked #2 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Waimanalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 188
Also Known As:
Bellows Air Force Station Hotel Waimanalo
Bellows Air Force Station Waimanalo, Hawaii

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