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“Hidden gem on Oahu”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach
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Mokulua Islands Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour from Kailua Beach
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Kailua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Hidden gem on Oahu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is in a residential area so it's a bit more secluded, but you're allowed to park on the streets and there are public access pathways from the street every few houses. I love the powder soft sand, calm clear water, and view of the Mokes! We came here on a weekday morning and had no problem finding parking and a nice spot on the beach. We tried snorkeling since there is coral right offshore, but visibility was poor on the day we went.

If you're a fellow tourist, this beach is immediately adjacent to Kailua Beach down the road, which has a large parking lot and kayak rentals. You can take a kayak and paddle out to the islands if you're feeling adventurous, or hike the Lanikai pillboxes trail for a stunning view.

Use common sense and lock your car, and be respectful that you're basically in someone's backyard. Parking is a bit crazier on the weekends - I recommend getting there earlier to find a spot. Since it's a neighborhood beach, there aren't any amenities like bathrooms or showers. After you soak up the sun, cool off with a shave ice at nearby Island Snow :)

Visited January 2013
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Severna Park, Maryland
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“Lovely but sand disappearing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Nice little local beach and great place to kayak to Mokes. Gentle waves for kids to play in. But sand is eroding and beach has become much smaller. Everyone has built walls in front of their homes instead of jetties.

Visited January 2013
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Ellicott City
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“Incredible beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

and it has turtles! Lots of fun to walk from Kailua beach to Lanikai which is adjacent. If windy, enjoy watching the sail surfers.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Heaven in the sand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

The sand is like powder sugar. The best relaxing beach on Oahu....Shhhh. There is no real night life, so you make your own. One evening, it was only my friend and I at the beach to watch the sunset. Amazing. The town is very laid back and the neighbors were very friendly. Loved that I could walk or ride my bike everywhere. Look forward to my return visit next spring.

Visited August 2012
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Best Beach in Kailua”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is the place. Beautiful powdery white sand. Turquoise blue water, surfing, boogie boarding, para boarding. Islands, kayaks. This is the destination beach in Kailua.

Visited December 2012
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