April 6, 2021

10 Best Beaches on Oahu, Hawaii, for a Great Vacation

10 Best Beaches on Oahu, Hawaii, for a Great Vacation

Oahu has a lot to offer, whether you’re a resident or a visitor. It has some of the most incredible beaches on the planet, giving you an ideal place to relax, take in the views, enjoy a swim, or spend time with friends and family.

But there are so many beaches on the island, it’s hard to know which ones to visit!

In this piece, we’ll take a look at the ten best beaches on Oahu and everything that they have to offer. We’re pretty sure that you’ll be itching to pay a visit even after reading the first one…

#1. Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach can be found on Oahu’s south shore. It’s easily one of the most popular beaches in Oahu, with four million visitors coming by every year – so expect to see other people around!

Why we think you’ll love it:

This beach has some great views, with Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone, easily seen in the distance. It’s a pretty amazing scene. We think it’s among the most beautiful beach in Oahu.

Oh, and if you like snorkeling and swimming, this is the place for you. There are a few beaches that make up Waikiki, and it’s even surrounded by luxury resorts where you can kick back with some good drinks and food.

Address: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

#2. Lanikai Beach

We think Lanikai Beach is really special, not just because of the amazing views, but because it’s pretty isolated and yet easy to get to when you know where you’re going. The beach is located close to the town of Kailua on the Windward Coast.

Why we think you’ll love it:

This is the perfect beach if you’re trying to avoid the crowds. It’s a residential beach (one of the best hidden beaches in Oahu!), so be aware that parking isn’t ideal, but once you’re parked up and ready to relax, you’ll find fine, white sand and uninhabited islands within kayaking distance.

And yes, you can also go snorkeling, surfing, and sailing here if you like. So it really has everything you need.

Address: Lanikai Beach, Kailua, HI 96734, United States

#3. Waimanalo Bay

Waimanalo Bay

Found on the southeastern part of the island, Waimanalo is famous for its perfect turquoise blue water. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it.

Why we think you’ll love it:

With incredible coves, water perfect for swimming and surfing, and lots of campaign, showering, and eating facilities, this is easily one of the best beaches in Oahu for families.

You can even go fishing under those perfect blue skies!

Address: Waimanalo Bay, 41-1062 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795, United States

#4. Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is only 30 minutes away from Honolulu in the car. It’s located on the Windward side of Oahu and is an amazing place for beach activities….and one of the best beaches in Honolulu, Hawaii, for relaxing!

Why we think you’ll love it:

We love the picnic benches, and foot stands at Kailua Beach. You’ll never need to pack food as there’s always something delicious somewhere around the beach. And during the weekdays, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quiet it can be – meaning you won’t have to fight for the perfect spot on the beach!

If you like adventures and sports, you’ll enjoy the kayaks and sports equipment available for rent.

Address: Kailua Beach, Kailua, HI 96734, United States

#5. Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Hawaii

You’ll find Turtle Bay on the north shore of Hawaii. It’s one of the most bustling parts of the island, with amazing hotels, restaurants, and bars.

Why we think you’ll love it:

There’s so much activity in Turtle Bay that you’ll be sure to find something you’ll love. From perfect beaches to plantation-style towns, this is a tourist attraction if there ever was one!

Enjoy amazing waves for surfing, thousands of acres of land to explore, and even forest and ocean trails that keep people coming back every year. Oh, and don’t forget the golf courses, horseback riding, spas, tennis courts, and helicopter tours.

Address: Turtle Bay, Kawela Bay, HI 96731, USA

#6. Sandy Beach

True to its name, Sandy Beach is an idyllic sandy beach just beyond Waikiki. It’s past Diamondhead and near the Kalanianaole Highway, so not hard to access if you’re traveling by car.

Why we think you’ll love it:

Like lava and volcanoes? Sure you do! This is an amazing place to explore lava rocks, enjoy body surfing and bodyboarding on the beach, and maybe bump into some celebrities along the way.

A particular favorite of former President Barack Obama, this beach is an amazing spot for anybody looking to get away from the busiest beaches on the island.

Address: Sandy Beach, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States

#7. Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach Hawaii

Sunset Beach is found on Oahu’s North Shore, and it’s nothing short of a mecca for surfers and sports enthusiasts. This is big wave territory, and it’s only around 40 miles from Waikiki Beach.

Why we think you’ll love it:

This is not just somewhere you can see big waves, but it’s awesome for families, too. In the wintertime, surfers and crowds come to see the huge waves, but throughout the summer, it’s a magical place to visit at sunset or chill during the daytime.

It’s known as Sunset Beach because the sun looks so incredible in the evenings…and it’s something you need to see for yourself to understand!

Address: Sunset Beach, Pupukea, HI 96712, United States

#8. Malaekahana Beach

Being number eight on the list doesn’t make Malaekahana Beach any less impressive than the best beaches on Oahu we’ve listed so far. This is a mile-long beach known for attracting hikers, people who enjoy ball games, and sun-seekers.

Why we think you’ll love it:

We think this beach is particularly attractive to those who enjoy peace and quiet. It isn’t too busy, you will rarely struggle to find the perfect spot, and the perfectly clear, blue waters are home to amazing marine life.

If you’re lucky, you’ll even see green turtles! But be sure to bring your own equipment, as there are no rental stores nearby.

Address: Malaekahana Beach, Koolauloa, HI 96731, United States

#9. Shark’s Cove

Shark’s Cove Hawaii

Okay, so there might not be many sharks in Shark’s Cove, but there’s a lot of fish! This beach is located on the North Shore of Oahu and is actually named because the outline of the reef looks like a shark when viewed from above.

The only sharks you’re likely to see here are white-tipped reef sharks, which pose no threat to swimmers.

Why we think you’ll love it:

Shark’s Cove is recognized all over the world for the incredible shore diving opportunities it offers, and the beautiful lava-rock sand that gives it such a unique look. And if you love fish and snorkeling, this is the place to do it.

Address: Shark’s Cove, Haleiwa, HI 96712, United States

#10. Ala Moana Beach Park

And finally, we come to Ala Moana Beach Park. This is actually a man-made beach situated between Waikiki and Honolulu, and, we think, one of the best beaches in Honolulu. Even if it wasn’t formed naturally!

It’s only half a mile long, but it’s an absolute paradise filled with marine life and gorgeous reefs.

Why we think you’ll love it:

You get a combination of beach and park, and it’s one of the best places to take families and children. The calm water is ideal for children who are learning to swim, or just for anybody who isn’t looking to catch a wave.

Don’t underestimate this beach – it’s relaxing with great scenery and shouldn’t be quite as busy as the biggest tourist spots.

Address: 1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, United States

We’ll Keep Your Oahu Property Looking Just As Amazing as the Beach!

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For a free consultation or quote, call your local Oahu Pro Painters team today at 808-468-5604!

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10 Best Beaches on Oahu, Hawaii, for a Great Vacation
Written By:
Karl Van Zadnt

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