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“Great beach!!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach
Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Kailua
Type: Beaches
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Great beach!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We had the pleasure of staying right on lanikai beach for the month of August (see my photos looking towards the moks and looking south). As per previous reviews, the beach does get noticeably busy despite the fact that a pretty much identical (and much larger) beach (Kailua beach) lies just around the corner - Kailua includes facilities such as bathrooms and showers... Lanikai beach does not include any facilities - so beware of this before venturing out! We were lucky enough to have stayed in a home directly on the beach, so we had access to showers and bathrooms (and trust me - showers are a must after this beach.... The sand is like powder and just coats wet skin). The snorkeling at lanikai is excellent when the tide is going out and the water is clear - the snorkeling is best towards the north end of the beach and out about 50 yards (crystal clear water). We saw hundreds of fish, and turtles daily! If you want the best snorkeling though, try sharks cove in the north shore!
Other fun activities include kayaking out to the moks (takes about 15-20 minutes), hiking/ running the pillbox trail - a great morning/ early evening run with amazing views, and of course, drinks at buzz's steakhouse (order the bfrd)!!
All in all, lanikai is an amazing beach if you are looking for soft powdery white/gold sand, calm waves, coconut trees, and blue water! Best beach on Oahu for small children!!! Definitely my favorite beach!!
If you are looking for a quieter beach scene, with swaying coconut trees, equally clear blue water and white/golden sand (slightly coarser) try the north shore. The beach at chungs reef (in the north shore) also has excellent snorkeling, crystal clear water, and white/gold sand - and is right near secret turtle beach and sharks cove.

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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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“The best beach in Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

Lanikai is a hidden gem. The beach is small (not the best for tanning and lounging) but the water is crystal clear and refreshing. With the islands in the distance, Lanikai is relaxing and many hours can be spent here. There is also snorkeling right off the beach ( it's okay). The real reason to come to Lanikai is to enjoy the water. On the weekends the beach does get pretty full. Easy bus ride! Take the 70!

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Seattle, Washington
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“It was nice, but not one of the 'world's best'”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

A friend told us about this beach, how it's rated as one of the best beaches in the world and very out-of-the-way. But when we got there, it was a mad house - we could barely find a spot to put down our beach towels. There's little surf and not very good snorkeling. So if you're like me and can't just lay in the sun, there's really not a whole lot to do. If I could go again, I'd try to rent a kayak and paddle out to the small islands off the coast.

Visited August 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“lived down the street”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Lanikai beach is not just a beach, but a park and beach lagoon area, with an island across the way. Its great. While its shrinking in size, its still one of the worlds best beeches.

Visited July 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Like walking into a postcard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

I took a drive out to Lanikai Beach for a sunrise and wasn't disappointed. The beach is beautiful: soft white sand and perfect blue water. This place would be a great place to spend the day at the beach. My only minor complaint is that I prefer the surf to be a little more active than what I saw here. It was almost as calm as a swimming pool. Definitely worth a visit though if you're on Oahu.

Visited August 2012
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