My Favorite Hawaii Beaches
I love Hawaii. I love everything about Hawaii. I am constantly trying to figure out how I can get back to the islands. In just two months time I will make a return trip to Hawaii. In fact, this upcoming trip will be my 165th visit to Hawaii. My first trip was when I was a 16 year-old surfer boy from California. It was love at first site…and first wave!
I particularly enjoy the beaches. It’s beach heaven. I want to share with you some of my favorite Hawaiian beaches. This is not a complete list, but just a few to get you started.
Waikiki Beach Oahu. Crazy, chaotic, and crowded. I have sometimes referred to Honolulu and Waikiki Beach as the “Tijuana of the Pacific.” Yes, it is crazy, but I love this beach. There are so many activities and a great place for “people watching.” Ask your hotel which nights “Sunset Movies on the Beach” are shown on a big screen right on Waikiki.
North Shore Beach Oahu. A seven-mile stretch of beach on the windward side of the island where the winter surfing championships are held. It’s a great place for whale watching during the migratory season. This area is also home to Pu’u Mahuka Heiaum Oahu’s oldest ancient religion shrine. Be sure to stop at one of the many fresh shrimp trucks for lunch. The Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck and Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, both located near Kahuku, are the most well known with their garlic and butter shrimp being popular.
Lanikai Beach Oahu. This picturesque beach with pristine sand and turquoise water, calm waves, and a lush tropical garden environment it is perfect for couples and families. Located near Kailua and less than an hour’s drive from Waikiki. Presently there are no washrooms or facilities available.
Poipu Beach Kauai. A beautiful beach on the southern part of the island. Calm water with facilities and food service available, it is perfect for families. Easy accessible from many hotels.
Kauna’oa Beach Hawaii. Located on the Big Island, Kauna’oa is a secluded crescent-shaped beach in a serene tropical setting located on the west side of the island not far from the Mauna Kea Hotel. The beach is popular for swimming and snorkeling, but parking is limited. Be advised, this beach is limited to just 25 persons at any given time. It’s best to arrive before 9:00AM.
Punalu’u Beach Hawaii. You will recognize this beach from photographs. Punalu’u is the Big island’s famous black sand beach and home to the endangered green sea turtles located on the east side of the island. It’s a great pace to camp, picnic, relax, and snorkel.
Kaanapali Beach Maui. Okay, it is “hotel row” and the many areas of the beach are narrow due to hotel construction, I still love this beach. Kaanapali is a great place for swimming and paddle boarding and one of the best places in all of Hawaii for whale watching during the winter months. The area offers a wide variety of hotels and restaurants.
Hawaii no ka oi! (“Hawaii is the best!”)