This beautiful archipelago offers one of the best beaches in the whole wide World. There is a huge choice between beaches for swimming, for snorkeling, for surfing, for camping, for picnic, for walking. Everyone can find their favorite beach and enjoy their time there.
1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu
The most famous beach in Hawaii can be found at the base of the Diamond Head Crater. It is composed of a few different sections which together form the 2 mile long beach.
The most beautiful and exclusive hotels, restaurants, bars and shops can be found along this beach. You can never get bored at Waikiki.
This place offers every activity that you can imagine. Surfing in this area has become something more than just a sport – it has become a way of life. You can see beginners everywhere but you can also find some real, true professionals.
2. Lanikai beach, Oahu
The name itself says it all, Lanikai – heavenly sea. The clear, blue waters, dense forest and the soft sand make Lanikai one of the most beautiful beaches for swimming.
The waters are protected by the influence of the ocean reefs which make it calm and suitable for children. That is why Lanikai is often raked as one of the top recommended beaches, suitable for a family vacation.
3. Hanauma Bay, Oahu
This breathtaking bay is surrounded with volcanic mountains. Its beauty attracts more than a million tourists each year.
In order to protect this beauty and its wonderful marine world, in 1967 it was declared a protected ecosystem. Further on in 1990, stricter rules were implemented in order to protect the beach. So starting in 1990 until now, it has been closed to the public eye every Tuesday. Due to the rich marine life, amazing corals and transparent waters, snorkeling is the most popular activity on this beach.
4. Oahu’s North Shore
Oahu’s north coast is mostly windy with huge waves especially in the winter when the wind is the strongest. Those who like challenging waves and some action in the water will be amazed by the beaches on the North Shore.
These beaches are the hosts of many surfing competitions and also the favorite destinations of some of the most popular surfers in the World. We recommend visiting ,Waimea Bay,Banzai Pipeline, Chun’s Reef, Sunset Beach, Kawela Bay and many others.
5. Kailua Beach Park, Oahu
Only one mile away from the amazing Lanikai beach, you can find Kailua Beach. Located on the Windward Coast it offers a pleasant freshness during the whole day.
The beach has white, powder-like sand and crystal, clear, blue waters. The waves are very small which make it perfect for swimming. Other popular activities on this beach are windsurfing and kayaking.
6. Hamoa beach, Maui
Crescent shaped and surrounded by rocks, rich vegetation and covered with sand, this beach is part of the most beautiful ones in Maui.
It is 1000 feet long and 1000 feet wide. You can get to it only in two ways: by stairs descending from the Travaasa Hana hotel or by a small path leading through the edge of the beach. This beach is perfect for boogie boarding, bodysurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming but also for enjoying the view under the natural shade made by the trees.
7. Hanalei Bay, Kauai
With a length of almost 2 miles, Hanalei is the biggest bay in Kauai. Whether you choose to spend your time on Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion, Waikoko Beach, Black Pot Beach Park or Waioli Beach Park, we guarantee you’ll have a great time.
The mountains rising over the beaches, the palm trees, the sand and the turquoise waters will make you think you are in paradise. So if you decide to visit Hanalei bay, make sure you don’t forget your camera. Except enjoying the view, you can also go swimming, surfing or snorkeling.
8. Poipu Beach, Kauai
Poipu Beach is located on the South Coast of Kauai and it is part of Poipu Beach Park. It is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, boogie-boarding and surfing.
Its calm waters and golden sand attract a lot of tourists. Every year from December until May the waters in Kauai are hosts to kohola and humpback whales. Monk seals which love the sand and warm waters can also be spotted around the beaches.
9. Punalu’u Beach, Big Island
Black sand and dense forest in the background is the picture nature painted in this place. There are a few black beaches in Hawaii which occurred as a result of volcanic activity. Punalu’u is the biggest and the most easily accessible one of them.
It is famous for the presence of the largest hard-shelled sea turtles in the World which are the Hawaiian Green See turtles. They are frequent guests on this beach. Due to strong currents, this beach is not recommended for swimming, but it is perfect for a picnic, walks and enjoying the view.
10. Honaunau Bay, Big Island
Honaunau Bay is part of the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park.
Here you can enjoy the beauty of the underwater world aka look at rare fish, sea turtles, colorful coral reefs etc. Hanaunau Bay is considered to be the best spot for snorkeling on Big Island. You can take the best photos here, especially in the mornings when the water is calm and transparent. In Honaunau Bay you can also find out something more about the Hawaiian history, culture and traditions.