Best Beaches in Hawaii
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Let us mention the Ten Best Beaches in Hawaii. Hawaii the United States 50th State located in the Pacific Ocean has six important Islands plus some islets.

The beaches of all islands are some of the best in the world, visited by millions of tourists from the Continental USA, the Orient, Australia and even Europe.




Lanikai is one of the most popular Hawaiian Beaches

Lanikai is one of the most popular Hawaiian Beaches


Best Hawaiian Beaches

  • Lanikai Beach in the Island of Oahu

    It is considered one of the best swimming beaches in Hawaii. The waters are clear surrounding a wide beach of fine sands and many coconut palms. This is a real dream come true for photographers. The offshore reef protects the beach making it ideal for not only swimming, but for all kind of water sports like, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and sailing. Translated into English, Lanikai means “Heavenly Sea, so know you understand why the Polynesians called it like that.


Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii

Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii


Best Beaches in Hawaii

  • Hanalei Bay Beach in the island of Kauai
    It is located on the Island’s north shore and it may be the most beautiful beach setting in all of Hawaii. This is the largest of all Kauai’s bays forming a semicircle of white sands. Behind the beach you may see an awe inspiring show of waterfalls and mountain peaks wrapped in clouds rising for thousands of feet.

    It is located between the rivers Hanalei to the east and Waipa River to the west making a two mile long by 130 wide beach. The ocean slopes gently to some deep areas with many coral reefs. So you can imagine this is a heaven for snorkelers and divers; and also a great place for windsurfing and kayaking up the rivers.


World renowned Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii

World renowned Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii

Best Beaches in Hawaii

  • Waikiki Beach Hawaii
    This world famous beach is located on the south shore of Honolulu the capital of the state. This neighborhood was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, known in Hawaiian as "spouting waters," Waikiki was introduced to the world at the beginning of the 20th Century with the opening of the its first hotel, the Moana Surfrider.

    Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a gathering place for visitors from all over the world. Along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue you'll find dining, entertainment and world-class shopping, as well as many resorts and activities.

    Waikiki is most famous for its beaches and every hotel is just two or three blocks away from the sea. With the  Diamond Head as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for swimming, sunbathing or strolling.

  • Kaanapali - Black Rock Beach on the Island of Maui
    Don’t ask me why, but this beach is known by many names like Dig Me beach, Canoe Beach or Keka’s Beach.

    The name is not important but the beach is spectacular. This is a great venue for water sports fans. Almost evey sport recreation is available besides restaurants and bars.

    So if you come to Kaanapali you will find possibilities for snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, sunbathing or just plain relaxation while watching the people go by.


Best Beaches in Hawaii

Kapalua Beach in Hawaii golden sands and clear waters

Kapalua Beach in Hawaii golden sands and clear waters


Best Beaches in Hawaii

  • Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui Island
    This beach is surrounded by swaying palms and calm crystal clear waters. It is located between two lava points and bordered by a coconut tree grove. The surf in Kapalua is great for beginners and families with small children.

Hapuna Beach in the Big Island of Hawaii

Hapuna Beach in the Big Island of Hawaii

  • Hapuna Beach State Park on Hawaii the Big Island
    This is a 200 feet wide by one and a half mile long beach with powdery white sands and clear and clean waters. This is the most popular beach on the Island and it is located on the west side. You can walk for many yards into the ocean without sinking. This an excellent beach for swimming and at the same time due its marine life also great for snorkeling.

  • Hulopoe Beach in Lanai island
    Lanai was formerly known as Pineapple Island where the fruit was grown for decades. Now it’s a secluded remote destination. Hulopoe Beach Park is a great beach located on Hulopoe Bay. It is great for swimming and has some of the best snorkeling on the Islands due to the clearness of its waters and the abundance of fish. I would say that this beach is the perfect romantic Getaway for lovers and honeymooners.


Hanauma Bay Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay Beach on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii



Best Beaches in Hawaii

  • Hanauma Bay on the Island of Oahu
    This beach was formed thousands of years ago from a volcanic eruption and is formed like an almost circular lagoon. It is home to an impressive marine life among them colorful fish.

    It is recognized as one of the best snorkeling areas in the world. But as always the excessive use of the corals by divers and snorkelers have threatened some of the marine life. In 1967 it was designed as a protected marine life area and in 1990 strict visitor limits were initiated. In other world, come early in the morning and please, respect the rules of the place.

  • Ke'e Beach Park in the Island of Kauai
    It is located on Kauai’s north coast between Napali Coast and the Limahuli Steam. It is a reef lagoon known gor its snorkeling opportunities.

    The water is crystal clear and the fish and turtles aret ther by the tons. This is an example of a tropical beach with lush vegetation of coconut palms and guava  and ironwood trees.


For more information visit Hawaii Tourism Website


Aerial view of Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii

Aerial view of Poipu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii


Best Beaches in Hawaii

  • Poipu Beach in the Island of Kauai
    This is the most popular beach on the south shore of Kauai. It has a small boulder that creates a pool-like beach very good for families with small children. The beach is about 1,000 feet long by 50 feet wide with lots of space for strolling and playing with kids on the sand.

  • Papohaku Beach on the Island of Molokai
    This is as close as you can get to a deserted tropical island while in Hawaii. This beach is hundreds of feet wide and completely empty. It is located on the west end of this small island located between Oahu and Maui. Here you are in a remote beach on a remote island. I wish this is the cure to all your troubles.


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