When talking about beaches in Hawaii, visitors will be confused because there are so many choices. In Hawaii, there are strands of beaches that come in a rainbow of colors with infinite textures. There are beaches with sparkling white sand, black, or even red or beaches with sand containing glass rocks, pebbles, and large stones and craters with lava rock tide pools.
Beaches in Hawaii below the high-tide line are legally open to the public. Most state and district beaches in Hawaii have outdoor toilets and cold shower facilities. There are also lifeguards on patrol. For those in the park, the beach has a gate and is closed at certain hours.
For those who have plans for a vacation to Hawaii, here is a row of famous beaches in Hawaii that have very beautiful views.
- Waikiki Beach
Location: Oʻahu, state of Hawaii
Waikiki Beach is located on the Island of Oahu, south of Honolulu. This beach in Hawaii was once a playground for the Hawaiian royal family. Became popular among tourists after the opening of its first hotel in 1901, the Moana Surfrider.
Today, the beach remains the location for a vibrant stretch of sand and waves. Here tourists will find many great hotels and resorts, as well as places to eat and shop along Kalakaua Ave.
The name Waikiki is a translation of the Hawaiian word for “spouting water,” and this beach is a legendary place to learn to surf because Waikiki has calm consistent waves.
If surfing is not your hobby, there are still many activities that can be done here, either at sea or outside. You can rent a Jet Ski, go parasailing or even pay your respects to those who died at the nearby Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial.
- Kapalua Beach
Location: On the northwest edge of West Maui
Kapalua is on an island that is blessed with a beautiful stretch of sand. This is one of the best beaches on Maui. This 800-foot crescent-shaped beach at the southwest end of Kapalua offers plenty of activity.
Tourists can snorkel in the morning, try stand-up paddle surfing or have lunch at the Sea House. You can also just sit on the sand and gaze across the canal at Molokaʻi. Kapalua Beach has long rocky outcrops at both ends of the bay, making it the safest place to swim all year round.
When snorkeling on the right side of the beach, you will see a large number of tropical fish and orange sea urchins. To get beach gear, here are rental huts. If you are looking for toilets and bathrooms, you can drive north to Napili Kai Beach Resort. In the beach parking area, you can find toilets and showers.
- Big Beach
Location: In southern Maui, minutes from Wailea and Kihei
Also known as Makena Beach and Oneloa Big Beach, this beach is supported by the presence of Makena State Park which covers an area of about 165 hectares and is lush and protected by low lava cliffs. Big Beach is one of the most amazing beaches on Maui, apart from being one of the biggest beaches too.
As the name suggests, Big Beach stretches over a mile long and about 100 feet wide from the sand to the shoreline. This beach has not developed, but that’s why people come to this beach. Nothing disturbs visitors while enjoying the soft white sand and crystal clear cool water.
According to the news, Big Beach has strong beach waves that can be dangerous for children and inexperienced swimmers. Therefore, if you are not a surfer or bodyboarder, it is recommended to play in shallow water or just relax on the sand.
If you don’t like sitting still on the sand, you can also try other activities, one of which is beach volleyball.
- Ko Olina Beach
Location: 92-100 Waipahe Pl, Kapolei, HI 96707, United States
Operating Hours: 06.00-22.00
Ko Olina Beach on the west side of Oahu is another beauty that Hawaii has to offer. This beach is also suitable for snorkeling, small children, and anyone who doesn’t want to be hit by big waves when they set foot in the sea. That’s because the beach in Hawaii is protected by four lagoons that provide an oasis of calm for swimming.
Those who can access the first three lagoons are mostly hotel guests who stay at hotels around this beach. Among these hotels are the five-star Four Seasons Resort Oahu located at Ko Olina and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. If you don’t want to stay at one of these five-star hotels, you can go to the beach at lagoon 4 which is the farthest from the resort. In this lagoon, there is a large parking lot which is the largest of the four lagoons. This is a perfect spot for snorkeling. Turtles are also often seen here.
- Lanikai Beach
Location: Kailua, HI 96734, United States
Although this beach in Hawaii is only half a mile long, Lanikai is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on Oahu. Like most beaches in Hawaii, Lanikai has soft white sand that melts in the sparkling turquoise water, lush palm trees, and views over the beautiful Mokulua Islands.
Lanikai is also one of the few beaches on Oahu that doesn’t have waves crashing against the shore. The beach’s waters are calm making it perfect for paddling, swimming, and kayaking, as well as windsurfing and sailing on windy days.
Due to its location in the quiet residential neighborhood of Kailua, it’s also much more serene and relaxing compared to Waikiki which is a tourist magnet. However, because of its location, this beach does not have a public parking lot so it is difficult to park.
- Kalama Beach Park
Location: 248 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734, United States
Operating Hours: 07.00-18.00
Phone: +1 808-266-7655
Kalama Beach is part of Kailua Beach but is located further north on N Kalaheo Ave. This beach has beautiful white sand like a postcard photo and turquoise waters like Kailua Beach Park in the south. Here on a busy weekend, it will be difficult to get a parking space.
Kalama is a popular destination for kite and windsurfing as well as bodyboarders. On Oahu, the entire Kailua Coastline is prime real estate. There are very large luxury houses on the left and right of Kalama Beach Park.
- Waimanalo Beach
Location: in Honolulu, state of Hawaii
If you like to walk on the beach, then you don’t need to look for other places anymore. More than three miles long Waimanalo Beach is the longest unbroken white sand beach on Oahu. This place is perfect for strolling, collecting shells, and watching the waves roll in.
It is also one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Oahu, sandwiched between the dramatic cliffs of the Ko’olau Mountains and the turquoise waters of Waimanalo Bay. Due to its hidden location on Oahu Beach, this beach is relatively less crowded when compared to most other beaches on Oahu.
Waimanalo is frequented more by local families and visitors who know this place. In addition, Hawaiian green turtles love to visit Waimanalo. Interesting right?
- Wailea Beach
Location: Kihei, HI 96753, United States
Operating Hours: 07.00-20.00
Phone: +1 808-879-4364
Wailea Beach is one of five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches that make up the approximately 1,500-acre resort community of Wailea in southern Maui. Wailea consistently always manages to be included in the row of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This beach is quite wide and has a golden color.
Because it overlooks a calm stretch of sea, Wailea Beach is a great place for swimming. The area is home to several luxury hotels, such as the Four Seasons Resort Maui and the Grand Wailea.
- Hapuna Beach State Park
Location: Old Puako Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, United States
Operating Hours: 07.00-8.45
Phone: +1 808-961-9540
Hapuna Beach is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches and is protected by a state park. Hapuna is the largest white sand beach on the Island of Hawaii (not the Hawaiian Islands). Stretching for half a mile along Kohala Beach, the white sand, volcanic rocks, and crystal clear turquoise water make this beach a sight to behold.
Locals love to visit this easily accessible beach. They usually come here for picnics and swimming. There is also a coast guard who is always on guard. In January and February, you will often see whales migrating from the coast.
- Kaihalulu Beach
Location: Located south of Hana Bay on Maui
Kaihalulu Beach is one of Maui’s most striking stretches. This is because the beach has a contrasting color of sand, rust-red―This is the result of the cinder lava cones that stand right behind it―and the water is electric blue.