7 Stunning beaches in Oahu, Hawaii



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Hawaii is home to several hundreds of beaches and is thus a paradise for those looking for high adventure on the waters or seeking a quiet romantic spot to enjoy sunsets. Oahu is the main island of Hawaii carrying a land surface area of 600 square miles.

Despite its modest size, this town boasts of some of the most incredible beaches in the entire world and hence, there is no dearth of unique and exotic vacation rentals in Oahu!  Oahu’s beaches have it all and the best part is that each of those beaches possesses its own set of unique qualities.

Water-sport enthusiasts or families looking for quieter spots to relax on the shores will have plenty to do and explore for miles on the coastline of Oahu.  Enjoy stunning ocean colours along pristine white sands on some of the best beaches in the world.

You can easily pick your perfect beach destination from the following list of the most famous beaches of Oahu, Hawaii.

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Waikiki Beach in an upscale neighbourhood

Waikiki Beach is indeed one of the most famous beaches as well as one of the most iconic ones. Waikiki is well known as a renowned upscale neighbourhood that was once a playground for the wealthy and royalty. Millions of tourists from across the world come here to enjoy the wonderful Waikiki Beach that looks simply magnificent with miles of fine soft golden sand. This picture perfect beach is ideal for swimming, snorkelling or simply enjoying the sun. One can enjoy these water sports or simply gaze at the endless ocean. The peaceful waters along the 2-mile stretch of white sand offer good conditions for swimming and surfing the whole year. Other attractions include the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo.


Glorious sunsets on Sunset Beach

Situated on the north coast, the Sunset Beach boasts of a two-mile long stretch of fine golden sand. One can enjoy a long drive along the stretch of Kamehameha Highway which is scenic and in summer, swimming and snorkelling on the beach when the waves are small . Big-wave surfers can come here during winters to face gigantic 15 to 30-foot waves. The world-renowned Triple Crown Surfing Contest is held here.

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The stunningly beautiful Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay State Park is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and it is the only beach in the world where one has to watch a video before they enter. Hanauma Bay provides a pristine marine ecosystem. Because of the growing popularity of the beach, the authorities educate the visitors about the strict rules and regulations they need to follow so as to not to spoil the beauty of the beach. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a protected underwater park and marine life conservation area to allow marine life to stay undisturbed. The area was protected in 1967 and visitors are required to keep away from mistreating the animals or damaging any coral heads. The Bay is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.


The picture perfect Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach may be small, but the half mile long strip is worth a visit. The beach is public property and the small path going to the beach crosses upper-class residential properties on the way. The beach is a favourite spot for photo-shoots and thus a bit crowded at times. One can kayak to the islands most picturesque beach offering excellent swimming conditions as an offshore reef keeps the water calm from January to December. Those looking for adventure can reach two small islands which are home to house bird sanctuaries.  beaches in oahu hawaii beaches in oahu hawaii

The long man-made Ala Moana Beach

Ala Moana Beach lies sandwiched between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. The half-mile long man-made beach is immensely popular among locals and tourists. It is less crowded generally and is protected by the shallow outer reef. Its calm waters are great for swimming, picnics, paddle boarding or taking long strolls along the water. You can plan barbecues on the centrally located beach. 

Sandy Beach away from the crowds

Sandy Beach is a 200-foot long golden beach, which is located on the southeast side of Oahu. If you are looking for a great getaway from the crowds than this is the beach of your choice. As there are very strong currents, the waters are not right for surfing and body boarding and can be dangerous for swimmers. There is plenty of shade to lay under, in the grassy area of the beach that boasts of multiple restroom facilities and food concession stands. The beach is awesome to see the local body-surfing and body-boarding experts navigating the treacherous shores. beaches in oahu hawaii

Makapuu Beach Park for the scenic Lighthouse

Most visitors come to Makapuu Beach to look at the scenic Makapuu Lighthouse and the lovely beach side that lies in a small cove with fine soft sand. Dark lava rocks surround the beach, and the lighthouse which stands at the top of the mountain looks like a beacon. Gaze at the large waves crashing against the shore or watch experienced body-surfers and body-boarders ride the waves. You can pull over and take a moment to feast your eyes upon some of the most scenic views of the Windward side of Oahu as you drive around the Makapuu Point Lookout.  


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7 stunning beaches in Oahu Hawaii


  • All of the beaches are unique are beautiful, feel free to take your pick
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