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10 Best Beaches in Hawaii That You Can’t Overlook

by Jane Sophia
Best Beaches in Hawai

Hawaii, the most visited holiday spot for the Americans can be mind-boggling when it comes to choosing the best beaches in Hawaii to see.

Hawaii comprises of 8 major islands where the tourists throng, throughout the year.  Imagine how many numbers of beaches one can see in all these 8 major islands.

Moreover, there are over 100 small islands and islets that are uninhabited but still they beckon with their virgin beaches and peaceful atmosphere.

In addition, every tourist would like to stay near a happening beach in Hawaii. Since there are too many options to stay near a beach in Hawaii, you need some guidance as to what are the best beaches in Hawaii.

In this article, you will find useful information about the best beaches in Hawaii. Based on your choice of a Hawaiian beach, you can search for beachfront accommodations such as overwater villas, cabanas, luxury beach resorts, and independent sea-facing cottages.

My list of best beaches in Hawaii is all highly rated by the actual visitors who have left their feedback in hundreds of online and offline travel-related websites, blogs, and magazines.

  1. Ko Olina Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii

Ko Olina Beach

Ko Olina Beach

This Hawaii beach appears calm and devoid of waves-eh? It is actually a lagoon with shallow waters. Therefore, Ko Olina Beach is a kid-friendly beach.

This is an important factor, buddy. Everyone visit Hawaii, always with all the family members. You need to find places where the kids and children can also enjoy it.

Ko Olina Beach is studded with expensive beach resorts and they have managed to make kids-friendly beach lagoons, abutting their premises.

Ko Olina Beach is located on the Oahu Island of Hawaii. The Hawaiian capital Honolulu is 28 km away.

The best time to visit the best beaches in Hawaii is from April to September.

However, if you like to be in a volcanic and tropical island during the rainy season, Hawaii is for you all through the year.

Things to do in Ko Olina Beach, Oahu

  • Snorkeling is the best bet for all and especially for the children.

That yellow, white, and black fish were beautiful-right?

  • You can rent a paddleboard and a paddle and explore the Pacific with freedom.

  • Take a joy ride in the “Sugarcane Train’.

I think the train also used to cart sugarcane. Let the true colors of a tropical Hawaii sink in during the 90-minute ride on the semi-open train.

  • Book a seat in a dolphin-watching tour. Enjoy a catamaran ride.
  • Eat an authentic Polynesian meal in Paradise Cove Luau.
Polynesian meal

Polynesian meal

  1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu Island, Hawaii

When a beach sports coconut trees on its fringes, it gives the perfect look of a beach on a tropical island.

Waikiki Beach is located in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii.

Though there are better-looking beaches in Oahu, somehow Waikiki Beach garnered the limelight.

The standup paddling is the most pursued activity in Waikiki Beach. Of course, it is also a surfer’s playground.

For a range of fresh seafood, Waikiki Beach is the best spot in Hawaii. If you consider boarding and lodging as the vital aspects of a beach, then Waikiki Beach is one of the best beaches in Hawaii.

  1. Hanalei Bay, Kauaʻi Island, Hawaii

First, look at the small beach town of Hanalei below. Such a quaint town in Hawaii is the perfect location for relaxing on a Hawaiian island.

Best Beaches in Hawai Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Are you lured already, buddy?

Now, have a look at the image of a picture-perfect Hanalei Bay, Kauaʻi Island,  Hawaii.

The mountainous backdrop of the Hanalei Beach attracts nature lovers and tropical island buffs in large numbers.

Walking down on the Hanalei pier when you are in a somber mood is the right thing to do.

The Hanalei beach measures nearly 3.5 km in length giving scope for freedom to swimmers. If you don’t know swimming in a sea but still want to have a feel of the water, you can grab a paddleboard and paddle your way to some distance on the Pacific Ocean.

beach in Hawaii

beach in Hawaii

If you are traveling in a group, try sailing down the ocean.

When the sea becomes voluminous, surfers take over this best beach in Hawaii.

Here is one more panoramic view of the Hanalei Beach.

Hanalei Beach

Hanalei Beach

Vow! What a beauty! I am hooked; how about you?

  1. Best Beaches in Hawaii: Hamoa Beach, Maui Island

Best Beaches in Hawai Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach

This beautiful beach and one of the best beaches in Hawaii is located on the island of Maui.

It’s scenic location warrants some traveling and hence, it is not much crowded. Therefore, the Hamoa Beach in Hawaii assures some privacy, especially during winter when only veteran surfers throng the beach.

The seclusion and calmness of Hamoa Beach promise enviable privacy for holidaymakers who prefer to spend their well-earned vacation on a tropical island.

  1. Eleele Beach, Kauai Island, Hawaii

You can literally walk on the broken glass of beautiful colors including yellow, black, green, and blue.

This sea glass beach is one of the best beaches in Hawaii that attracts children especially.

  1. Best Beaches in Hawaii: Hapuna Beach, Big Island,

The video of this top beach in Hawaii justifies the award this beach got as the one of the best beaches in Hawaii.

The biggest attraction of Hapuna Beach is its white sand. The water seems to be shallow near the shore, thus making it a swimmers-friendly beach in Hawaii.

A panoramic view of Hapuna Beach, Hawaii.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

Its location in the Big Island (Hawaii Island) means it is largely crowded.

  1. Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach), Maui Island, Hawaii

Kaihalulu Beach

Kaihalulu Beach -Credit: Flicker

Oh, man! What color! It is certainly an odd color on a beach but Hawaii is known for various colored sand beaches including white, pink, black, and green. The colors are due to the volcanic activity in the vicinity.

  1. Kalapaki Beach, Kauai

Best Beaches in Hawai Kalapaki Beach

Flicker: Kalapaki Beach

Beautiful beach-eh?

This top beach in Hawaii offers body boarding that is alternatively known as body surfing or boogie boarding.

Here, look at this video and you will understand what boogie boarding is.

I think boogie boarding is fundamental for wave surfers. I am sure I too would enjoy a stint of body surfing.

  1. Hulopoe Beach, Lanai Island, Hawaii

I must admit, not many tourists bother to visit Lanai Island in Hawaii. However, if you are impressed by the look of the Hulopoe Beach video above, I am sure, you will add it in your bucket list of top beaches in Hawaii to visit.

The water looks sparkling and the unmistakable navy blue is begging you to immerse your body.

The beach appears rather large with minimum people.

Hulopoe Island bears another name “Pineapple Island” because pineapple fruit is widely cultivated here.

Tourists have to spend most of their time on the beach as there is nothing else to do in Hulopoe Island, not even a shopping mall is available in this serene Hawaiian island.

  1. Punalu’u Beach, Big Island, Hawaii

Best Beaches in Hawai Big Island

Big Island

What strikingly dark sand!

I think some people will wince at the sight of wet black sand on a beach. However, curiosity leads tourists, especially children to Punaluʻu Beach.

Look how black the sand is on this top beach in Hawaii:

Punalu'u Beach

Punalu’u Beach

I have seen beaches with green sand; However, I like the beauty of ‘black’ sand.

In spite of reading about 25 best beaches in Hawaii, I would rate only these 10 beaches in Hawaii as attractive. In addition, These beaches are somehow unique. I would only visit these 10 Hawaiian beaches when I tour Hawaii next year.

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