Top 10 Best Beaches in Hawaii

Best Hawaiian Beaches

Waimea Bay Beach by @mganeolsen via Unsplash

Most Beautiful Beaches in Hawaii

With long stretch of laid-back beaches, clean shores, and of course, their fun-loving culture, there’s no doubt Hawaii tops as one of the most visited beach destinations in the world. Ask any traveler and they’ll mention Hawaii as one of the loveliest retreats they have ever experienced, from laid-back to extreme water activities, to local and international eat, and top-class beaches.

Best Beaches in Hawaii
Best Beaches in Hawaii

If you’re interested in checking out the top 10 beaches in Hawaii, read along!

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Waikiki Beach in Hawaii
Waikiki Beach in Hawaii

Get your mai-tai and sunglasses ready while lounging in the picturesque Waikiki Beach. It is one of the most popular beaches in Oahu, particularly along the main strip of Kalakaua Avenue where hotels, fashion stores, and cocktail bars line the shore. A lot of surfers including beginners also enjoy their time here for its gentle waves.

One of the main attractions here is watching hula shows and visiting the Honolulu Zoo, home to Komodo dragons and peacocks.

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Hanalei Bay, Kauai

Hanalei Bay Hawaii
Hanalei Bay Hawaii

There are lots of Beach in Kauai which includes the crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, one of the most popular beach spots on the northern shore of Kauai. It stretches over two miles, with a mountain and river on the east, this bay is perfect for family vacationers who likes thrilling activities and likes long walks on its fine powdery sand. Among its activities are kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, and boating.

Named as the largest bay on the north shore of Kaua, there’ s no wonder this beach gathers a fair share of tourists year-round! It’s surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and serious surf breaks. During summer, the bay offers excellent mooring for sailboats, stand up paddleboarding and swimming. There are also lots of food truck dining to check out here!

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Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu

Waimea Bay Beach by @mganeolsen via Unsplash
Waimea Bay Beach by @mganeolsen via Unsplash

The Waimea Bay Beach Park isn’t just a popular beach destination in Hawaii but also in the whole world. Waimea is famous for its 30-foot waves in the winter (November to February) and where most surfers and fans gather to watch some of the world’s best surfers battle in a surfing competition. If you’re not into that extreme waves, don’t worry! You can visit during summer where waters are calm, perfect for fishing, bodyboarding, swimming, snorkeling, and diving. It’s also a perfect spot for picnics!

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Kalihiwai Beach, Kauai

Kalihiwai Beach photo by @gkumar2175 via Unsplash
Kalihiwai Beach photo by @gkumar2175 via Unsplash

Bordered by the Kalihiwai River and the forest, the Kalihiwai Beach is the perfect go-to place if you want some quiet time and laid-back water activities. This beach is good for swimming, kayak or paddleboarding in the river. However, take note that the ocean conditions here can be rough with a strong current so make sure there is lifeguard present on the beach just in case something happens. It also offers easy access relative to many north shore beaches.

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Polihua Beach, Lanai

Although not recommended for swimming because of its strong currents and winds, the Polihua Beach, boasting wide swathe of powdery and fine brown sand, is best for long walks, camping, and spotting some humpback whales and green sea turtles. It stretches 1.5 miles long and is named as the longest white sand beach on Lanai. There are kiawe trees in the area to give you shade, however, refrain from going near the waters are so strong, as there is also no lifeguard available.

Makena Beach, Maui

Makena Beach photo by @lucabravo via Unsplash
Makena Beach photo by @lucabravo via Unsplash

Dubbed as Maui’s signature beach, the Makena Beach boasts nearly two-thirds of a mile long and 100 feet wide, thus its moniker, “Big Beach.”

To enjoy the beach experience, bring your, towels, sunscreen, shades, and your favorite book. You can also admire its surrounding dramatic cliff landscape and clear blue waters. However, there are also warnings on the beach such as not being safe for small children and inexperienced swimmers, as the waves here can be high and strong. But rest assured, everyone’s in safe hands because there are lifeguards available on the beach.

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Wailea Beach, Maui

Wailea Beach Hawaii by @jadlimcaco via Unsplash
Wailea Beach Hawaii by @jadlimcaco via Unsplash

Regarded as one of the most impressive beaches in Maui, this a long and wide white-sand beach is a good spot for swimming. According to locals, Hollywood celebrities are spotted to enjoy the beach alongside international travelers as well.

The beach was named Wailea, which translates to “the water of Lea” the goddess of canoe maker. A lot of tourists have commended the beach for its calm waters and a great view. Some activities to enjoy here include snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, and body surfing.

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Lahaina Baby Beach

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

If you want to get a great view of the Hawaiian sunrise and enjoy the beach with your kids without worrying about the strong waves, then the Baby Beach is the place to be. This beach is so peaceful and relaxed and is located in the town of Poipu. The water is here shallow so it’s safe for children to play and splash around by the coastline. Other activities include swimming and snorkeling. If you’re lucky, you can spot a sea turtle in its crystal clear waters.

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Kekaha Beach Park

Spend the day admiring the strong waves and strong wind at Kekaha Beach situated at the far west end of the county of Kauai. It is also called as the mouth of the longest stretch of fine white sands. Compare to Waikiki, Kekaha is more of a secluded paradise, no-frills, and just a chill spot for unwinding. A lot of surfers flocks this place, as well as the laid-back tourists who wanted to rest and watch the Hawaiian sunset. The best thing is that you can bring your food and enjoy its picnic areas.

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