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Best Beaches Around Hawaii

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The good thing for folks considering a beach break on one of the Hawaiian islands is that coming up with a concise list of the best beaches was a super tough endeavor. The choices are just too great! Inevitably any "best of" list is going to leave out some worthy contenders. Such is the case with this one which simply means there’s plenty more beach to explore during your Hawaiian dream vacation!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Hanalei Beach

Beaches

Ka'anapali Beach

Beaches

Kailua Beach Park

Beaches

Ke'e Beach

Beaches

Lanikai Beach

Beaches

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Beaches

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Beaches, Parks, State Parks

Sunset Beach Park

Beaches

Wai'anapanapa State Park

Beaches, State Parks

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Chris O's City Tips

  • A little "aloha spirit" goes a long way anywhere - especially in Hawaii.
  • Staying in Honolulu? "TheBus" is an easy and affordable way to get around town and much of the island of Oahu, hitting some of the best beaches along the way.
  • There’s a reason why this far flung archipelago of tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is considered a surfer’s paradise: big waves!
  • Swim with caution and learn as much about local conditions as possible before hitting the beach.
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    Hanalei Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    This laid back and family-friendly beach in Hanaei Bay, with a funky little town attached and utterly stunning jagged mountain range backdrop, is an understandably popular destination on Kauai. Depending on time of day and of year, the water can be a giant bath of calm or churn of big surf. But whenever you go, the scenery is guaranteed to take your breath away.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • If you're driving here, be prepared to pay to park and try to arrive early.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 36 things to do in Hanalei
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Will give this another chance 09/24/2018
    • Gorgeous Beach, plenty of room for everyone 09/22/2018
    • Hanalei Beach
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    Ka'anapali Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    One of Maui’s best known beaches, expansive and sandy Ka’anapali offers fun in the sun with all the amenities, plus easy access to a range of accommodations and attractions for all budgets.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Heading to Maui in the winter or early spring? So are the humpback whales, and Ka’anapali is a prime location for spotting these beautiful creatures breaching.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 133 things to do in Lahaina
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Snorkel with the turtles 09/25/2018
    • Favorite 09/25/2018
    • Ka'anapali Beach
    Address:
    Off Hwy 30
    Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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    Kailua Beach Park
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    At almost three miles long and hardly any resorts or hotels with direct access, this sandy beach is ideal for sporty types and for beachgoers seeking a bit of peace and quiet without having to stray too far off the beaten path.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Unlike so many Hawaiian beaches, Kailua is located in a largely residential area. Keep in mind your vacation is taking place in what many locals consider their year round backyard.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Kailua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and so much fun 09/22/2018
    • WOW 09/18/2018
    • Kailua Beach Park
    Address:
    526 Kawailoa Road
    Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734
    Other:
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    Ke'e Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    Located at Kaui’s famous 'End of the Road' (all of the Ha’ena State), you'll find the especially pretty Ke’e Beach with its picturesque lagoon and views of the lush Na Pali Coast.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your snorkel gear!
    • Love to hike? Bring your boots! There are amazing and scenic trails nearby.
    • Parking can be a nightmare here. Consider going early if driving, or cycling or hiking is a great option if you have the time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #60 of 301 things to do in Kauai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hula ceremony made it magical 09/24/2018
    • Kauai North Shore closed 09/19/2018
    • Ke'e Beach
    Address:
    Highway 560 kauai
    North Shore
    Kauai, HI 96716
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    Lanikai Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    Not just one of Hawaii’s best beaches but often listed as one of the best on the planet, Lanikai is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With an offshore reef keeping the tides calm, it’s a smart choice for families with small children.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Early birds to Lanikai get the bonus of a spectacular sunrise (and don’t have to worry as much about finding a place to park).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Kailua
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very pretty, but watch out for jellyfish 09/24/2018
    • Daughters Wedding Weekend. 09/24/2018
    • Lanikai Beach
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    Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    Turquoise water, white sand, and gently sloping landscape equal a dreamy beach setting in this dry and sunny section of the Big Island of Hawaii.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • With no shade and little in the way of amenities here, be sure to BYO everything you expect to need for an ideal day at the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 146 things to do in Kailua-Kona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Non touristy white sand beach 09/25/2018
    • Beautiful white sandy beach 09/21/2018
    • Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
    Address:
    Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign
    Near Marker 88
    Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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    Punaluu Black Sand Beach
    Beaches, Parks, State Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    The chance to see giant sea turtles are exceptionally good at this beautiful and unusual black sand beach. And even without the turtles, it’s a fun place to play.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It should go without saying, but if you do see any turtles, let them be!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 436 things to do in Island of Hawaii
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Black Sand & Turtles 09/24/2018
    • Nice beach with black sand 09/23/2018
    • Punaluu Black Sand Beach
    Address:
    Highway 11
    Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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    Sunset Beach Park
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    Whether you’re among the adept who brave the giant waves or those more likely to consider surfing a spectator sport, you can’t help but be amazed by this epic destination on the famous North Shore of Oahu. And, oh yeah, as you might expect, the sunsets seen from here are lovely.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Come in the winter to see the really big waves.
    • If you're inexperienced, please don’t attempt to surf here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 66 things to do in Haleiwa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Sunsets! 09/21/2018
    • Beautiful beach 09/20/2018
    • Sunset Beach Park
    Address:
    59-104 Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-9728
    Other:
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    Wai'anapanapa State Park
    Beaches, State Parks
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    Chris O Says:

    This black sand beach on an ancient coastal trail leading to heavenly Hana is an evocative retreat with its rugged volcanic landscape, freshwater caves and more.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you’re driving the popular Road to Hana, be sure to make a stop here!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Hana
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Passed through on road to Hana tour 09/20/2018
    • Beautiful Park 21 years ago and Still Beautiful Today 09/18/2018
    • Wai'anapanapa State Park
    Address:
    Hana Hwy. near mile marker 32
    Hana, Maui, HI
    Other:
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    Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    Chris O Says:

    Even with all its hotels and urban build up, the natural beauty and cozy charm of this world-renowned crescent of sand cannot be denied. There’s a reason Waikiki is such an incredibly popular tourist destination: it’s an awesome beach with gentle waves, a scenic backdrop and a wealth of attractions in close proximity. Have fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For easy access to the beach, shopping, great food and drink, and public transport, Waikiki is hard to beat.
    • Waikiki is hardly a hidden gem. So if you want desert island solitude, you may prefer to steer clear.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beach. 09/25/2018
    • Crowded! 09/25/2018
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Other:
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