Top Beaches on the Island
HI, United States
outdoors
Waikīkī
Waikiki Beach is by far the most popular beach on Oahu for visitors and locals alike and is all year round packed with visiting families, standup paddleboarders, surfers, beach volley players, sun bathers & more. During high season – on the weekends and national holidays – it can be challenging to find a spot
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
Outrigger Canoe Club Beach
One of the smallest beaches on Oahu, located in front of a condo and neighbor to the Outrigger Canoe Club. Access to the beach is in between Colony Surf and Colony Beach, which are 2 condos on the Gold Coast. This beach is the take-off point for the Outrigger Canoe Club members when they go out for a canoe ride. Also very popular among lap swimmers and families
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
Ala Moana Regional Park
There is a swimming channel (much deeper ocean) that goes beyond the reef and the ocean depth drops quickly. There are typically no waves close to shore. The east side of the beach is preferred, because of the sandy beach bottom. The western part has a rocky bottom close to shore.
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
Cromwell's Beach
uring hide tide the beach almost disappears. Popular surf spot beyond the reef. The beach connects to Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park – located immediately east of Kaalawai Beach – and the walk from Kaalawai Beach to Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park offers a picturesque backdrop with luxury Diamond Head homes
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
a beautiful walk east – along Kahala Beach – where one can see luxury oceanfront Kahala houses. On the west side of Kahala Hotel Beach is another beautiful walk, passing the famous Waialae Golf Course and then Wailupe Beach. In the past the beach was named the ‘Kahala Mandarin Oriental Beach’ by highly respected Oahu beach expert John R. K. Clark
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
Kaimana Beach
local lap swimmers, snorkelers, paddleboarders and surfers (snorkeling tends to be better along a reef west of a flag about 200 yards out).The beach is protected by a wide reef and close to shore the bottom is shallow, sandy and typically free from strong currents
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HI, United States
outdoors
Hanauma Bay
here are close to 400 different kinds of fish here, including Hawaii’s State fish called Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. There are also lots of Green Sea Turtles. One can rent snorkeling equipment and less experienced snorkelers can get lessons. Popular among families and really anyone who loves snorkeling. The current is typically not very strong, close to shore, given the abundance of reef.
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HI, United States
outdoors
Halona Beach Cove
Small pocket of pristine white sandy beach. On days water is calm and current isn’t too strong, this is a great place to swim close to shore for experienced swimmers. However, a big caution: Don’t swim out too far, because the current quickly gets strong and the irregular tidal changes makes it very dangerous.
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Honolulu, HI
outdoors
Sandy Beach
Break-neck Beach” is (sadly) the nickname this Oahu beach carries, as it causes more injuries per visitor than any other beach on Oahu. Immensely popular among experienced local bodyboarders and bodysurfers, with shore breaks almost every day all year round. This is not a swimming beach and more a beach to visit and observe the local talent ‘catching waves’ right on the shore.
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Waimanalo Beach, HI
outdoors
Makapuu Beach Park
On a typical day, this beach doesn’t face as large waves as Sandy Beach. The beach and its surroundings are breathtaking with a black colored mountain in the backdrop. From the parking structure, located in the park, it is a a short walk down to the beach
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