Whether its sun, sand or surf you desire, the Hawaiian Islands are known throughout the world for their beautiful beaches. Some imagine luxury hotels & lively crowds, while others think of tropical beauty on a secluded beach. Although many of the beaches are easy to reach, some require a helicopter or boat. Here are a few of the best Hawaiian beaches. No matter what kinda beach you are looking for, you will find it in the Hawaiian Islands.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Lanikai is popular with the locals and is frequently ranked among the world’s best beaches. The clear waters and palm trees makes this a popular place for sun-bathers and photographers alike. Popular activities on Lanikai Beach include: kayaking, sailing, swimming, surfing, and windsurfing.
Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Located on west Maui, Kaanapali Beach is a haven for the water-sports enthusiast. Visitors will find many of their favorites including great snorkeling and scuba diving . With the nearby resorts, Kaanapali is busy and popular. Although you wont find a lot of solitude, what you will find is lots of fun, shopping, restaurants and people-watching. If that doesn’t interest you, there are boat-tours, fishing, kayaking, sailing and sunbathing.
Poipu Beach, Kauai
Located on Kauai’s south-side, Poipu Beach is a family-friendly place. The beach is roughly 1000 feet long and fifty 50 feet wide. There is also a small boulder breakwater which creates a protected pool-like area, which is good for children. Away from the swimming area, the shoreline gently slopes to the depths. The area bay creates year-round waves, which are suitable for body-boarders & surfers alike.
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
Although Lanai is a secluded travel destination now, it was once known as the “Pineapple Island.” For decades pineapples was grown there by the Dole Company. Hulopoe Beach is located in Hulopoe Bay; the beach is known for its good swimming. Also because of the diverse species of fish and the clear water, the snorkeling is outstanding. Lastly, if you are looking for a great place for romance & intimacy, you have found it.
Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai
Hanalei Bay Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Hawaiian Islands. Located in the largest bay of Kauai Island, this two-mile long beach forms a semi-circle of white-sand. As a backdrop, Hanalei Bay has waterfalls and emerald mountain peaks soaring thousands of feet in the air. The shoreline gently slopes to the depths. Also there are coral reefs on each end of the bay. From boating to windsurfing many of the popular water-sports are available. Lastly, this place is very popular with surfers.
Hapuna Beach, Hawaii (The Big Island)
This half mile long white sand beach is located on Hawaii’s west side. During the winter months, wild waves pound the shoreline. However during the summer months, the shoreline is more than 200 feet wide. The beach gently slope into a shallow sandbar, which extends 75 feet into the ocean. With abundant fish and coral, Hapuna Beach is popular with snorkelers. Also, the swimming and boogie-boarding conditions are excellent.
Papohaku Beach, Molokai
For the traveler looking for a deserted beach, you have found it. Papohaku Beach is located on the west-end of Molokai, between Oahu & Maui. Papohaku is truly the place to get-away-from-it-all. On this remote island, it is possible the only footprints in the sand will be yours. Although the water looks inviting, strong currents makes swimming unsafe. Papohaku doesn’t have a protective reef and is exposed to the open ocean.
Waikiki Beach Oahu
Waikiki is two miles long and is located on the south side of Oahu near Diamond Head. This is one of the most popular & visited beaches in the Hawaiians. Across the street you will find many beach bars, gift shops restaurants and hotels. If you are into water-sports you can rent all kinds of equipment. Popular activities on Waikiki includes: body-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and surfing. Because this beach is so long, Waikiki Beach has different sections. One is called Kahanamoku Beach; this area is located on the west end of Waikiki and has a reputation as one of the wildest stretches of sand. Another section is called Kuhio Beach; this section of Waikiki has a breakwater that creates a shallow & calm swimming area that’s ideal for parents with children. One last area of Waikiki I wanted to mention is Queen Surf Beach; this area is popular with body-boarders and snorkelers. Lastly, during peak season Waikiki is crowed; keep this in mind if you plan to visit