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Top 10 Hawaii Beaches
- Lanikai Beach, Oahu -Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This small 1/2 mile beach has been consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world. Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in the Hawaiian language. Sparkling turquoise waters sheltered by a wide, protective offshore reef provide ideal swimming conditions as well as countless photo opportunities.
- Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai – Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kaua?i island in Hawaii. Hanalei Bay,the largest bay on Kaua’i, is bordered by a white sand beach approximately two miles long and 125 feet wide.Pack the cooler, get out the beach umbrellas, because Hanalei Bay is easily worthspending the entire day at. Three beach parks are located on Hanalei Bay: Black Pot Beach Park,Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Wai’oli Beach Park. Each of them has restrooms, showers, and parking.
- Kaanapali – Black Rock Beach, Maui “Pu’u Keka’a” is the Hawaiian term for Black Rock. Black Rock in Ka’anapali is famous for it’s cliff diving and torch lighting ceremony. The snorkeling around the rock wall is good too. Follow the wall to see plenty of coral, fish and turtles. It is common to see turtles and a wide variety of sealife here.
- Hanauma Bay, Hanauma Bay sees on average 3000 visitors a day, or around one million visitors per year. The vast majority are tourists, but locals love this beach as well. Hanauma is both a Nature Preserve and a Marine Life Conservation District. Hanauma Bay is the most famous of all Hawaii’s snorkeling beaches because of it’s high fish population, calm shallow water, and white sand. The bay itself is actually the floor of a volcanic crater that opened up to the ocean when its exterior wall collapsed. Lifeguard: Yes Facilities: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is open daily, except Tuesday, from 6am to 6pm.
- Ke’e Beach Park, Kauainalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of Kaua?i island in Hawaii. Hanalei Bay,the largest bay on Kaua’i, is bordered by a white sand beach approximately two miles long and 125 feet wide.Pack the cooler, get out the beach umbrellas, because Hanalei Bay is easily worthspending the entire day at. Three beach parks are located on Hanalei Bay: Black Pot Beach Park,Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Wai’oli Beach Park. Each of them has restrooms, showers, and parking.
- Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui – Considered by many to be the finest beach on Maui and definitely one of the most popular tourist beaches, Kapalua Beach is a nice crescent of golden sand lined with palm trees. Convenient parking, clean bathrooms, two sets of showers, sandy beach, easy entry, calm waters, great variety of fish, frequently has turtles, etc.It’s great for snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding because the surf is usually pretty calm (you can rent SUP boards on the beach).
- Hapuna Beach State Park, Big IslandThe largest of Hawaii Island’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach has consistently been rated on numerous international Top Ten lists. This is one of a few other white sand beaches on the west coast of the Big Island.H?puna beach has lifeguards, but can be hazardous during high surf conditions since the beach is not protected from the open ocean. The park has free admission for Hawaii residents and $5 for visitors, paved parking, pavilions, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers. Camping permits are available. Hapuna stretches for over half a mile between the points of lava that form its boundaries. During the summer months, the beach is more than 200 feet wide-the widest white sand beach on the Big Island.
- Hulopoe Beach, Lanai – One of the highlights of Hulopoe Bay is its large tide pools located at the eastern side of the bay. Carved out of volcanic rock, these tide pools are well protected, keeping the waters calm for exploring. Amazing beach with sugar sand for great swimming and easy access to some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii. We’ve caught the early morning ferry from Lahaina to Manele Lanai at 6:45 am with the hope to see the pod of dolphins playing at Hulopoe beach. Well, they wereen’t there but we had a great time discovering the fishing bowl just off the Hulopoe beach.
- Poipu Beach, Kauai – Po?ip? (literally, “crashing waves” in Hawaiian. The inviting waters of Poipu make it very popular with visitors, locals and even local marine life.Snorkeling in Poipu reveals a variety of colorful fish including the state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapuaa, and there’s a wading pool for toddlers and young swimmers. The sand is cool and welcoming. There’s plenty of shaded areas under trees and pavilions.Poipu has recieved numerous “top 5″ beach awards – both national and worldwide. During warm summer months and peak holiday seasons Poipu can become very crowded.
- Papohaku Beach, Molokai – Visit Papohaku Beach (also known as Three Mile Beach) and discover three miles of soft-sands uninterrupted down Molokai’s west end. The sand is soft and you can often stroll from one end to another without seeing another soul. This beach extends over three miles of coastline and is more than 300 yards wide. Use caution before entering the water here due to seasonal high surf, especially during the winter months. Lifeguard No
Top 10 Hidden beaches in Hawaii! By: Conde Naste
- Secret Beach, Kauai
- Waipio Valley Beach, Big Island
- Halona Cove, Oahu
- Makapu’u Beach, Oahu
- Secret Beach, Maui
- New Kaimu Beach, Big Island
- Mokuleia Beach, Oahu
- Honokalani Beach, Maui
- Polihale Beach, Kauai