Monday, November 12, 2012

Our Top 10 Favorite Hawaiian Beaches

We were lucky enough to have lived on Oahu for a few years.  Other than Oahu, we have only visited Kauai and Maui, so if there are any amazing beaches on the Big Island, Lanai, Molokai or any outer islands, our apologies for not including them.  We hope to visit them all one day.

Playing with the kids at Waimea Bay Beach
Oahu tends to get a bad wrap by travelers who imagine Hawaii will be a quiet pristine location with grass skirts and palm trees.  True, parts of Oahu are quite urban, but I don't think it gets enough credit for having some of the best beaches in Hawaii.  In fact a good friend that had lived on many of the islands claims the north shore of Oahu has the best beaches in all of Hawaii.
  • Sunset Beach-Found on the North Shore, Sunset Beach is wide and long and perfect for a family day at the beach.  The waters can be calm and peaceful in the summer and have 20 foot waves in the winter.
  • Lanaikea Beach (Turtle Beach)-This beach is famous for the sea turtles that can often be found there.
  • Waimea Bay-A gorgeous scenic bay on the North Shore, the waters can be perfectly clear in the summertime.
  • Bellows Field Beach Park-Found on Bellows Air Base, it can only be accessed during weekends and holidays by the general public.  It can get windy, but the waters range from blue to green and about 1,000 shades between.
  • Waikiki Beach-Maybe not a beach I could relax on for 5 straight days of vacation, but certainly worth one day as it's great for people watching and a pretty impressive urban beach.
Kaui tends to be what mainlanders imagine Hawaii to be, sparsely populated and amazingly beautiful.  It is the island of steep mountain cliffs waterfalls (also rain).
  • Ke'e Beach-This is the last beach found at the end of the road on the north shore of Kauai.  It is also the start of hike of the Napili Coast.  Very beautiful beach.
  • Poipu Beach-Fun family beach with good snorkeling and generally sunny on the rainy island of Kauai.
  • Hanalei Beach-Maybe the perfect beach; big, beautiful, breaking surf, and just amazing.
  • Anini Beach-A 2 mile beach protected by a reef.

A lot of tourists love Maui because it's a hybrid between enough shopping and restaurants, but not too many.  We liked Maui for many reasons, but not necessarily for its beaches.
  • Kaanapali Beach-This is pretty busy beach with surrounding resorts.  It has great views of Lanai and whale watching in the winter.
Turtle at Lanaikea Beach

Some nice homes on Hanalei Bay Beach

Ke'e Beach and the start of the Napili Coast
Sunset Beach

Mason on Waikiki Beach


  1. I loved Hanalei beach on Kauai, great posts brings back quite some memories.

  2. Thank you for the post. I found it very informative. The pictures of the beaches are beautiful. I'm looking into Hawaii real estate properties because I really want to move there. Your review of the beaches just make me want to move today!

  3. really all beach looking beautiful...
    I loved Mason on Waikiki Beach..
    great post thank you for posting,,

  4. Mason on Waikiki Beach is looking beautiful. Hawaiian hotels


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