The scenic island of Hawaii has so many incredible beaches, most of which can lay claim to being the best in the world, that choosing the best ones can be a herculean task. To start with, these wide expanses of sand come in all colors and sizes, and the perfect getaway for families and even their young ones who wish to dip their tiny toes in the azure blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. And of course, there are Hawaii beachfront homes they could book in advance and choose to stay in.
Some of these pristine stretches are secluded and tranquil, making them not only an instant hit for an Instagram photo shoot, but for couples and honeymooners as well. The biggest advantage these popular spots offer is that they are all free, easily accessible and open to public. To make it easy for travelers intending to visit as many beaches as possible during their Hawaii vacation, we have earmarked some of the best golden stretches where you can get a real feel of the spectacular Hawaiian paradise.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu
This scenic crescent shaped slice of sublime sand, has been a forerunner of all the beaches of the world and has been drawing hordes since the early part of the twentieth century.This was the period when travelers started to take notice of this magical isle and its pristine beauty and started visiting Hawaii by sea.Though the Waikiki beach of today is a far cry from the quiet and less crowded days of old, it still makes for a fun filled experience. With the impressive Diamond Head towering in the background, Waikiki is the ideal place to unwind with a mai tai and watch the crowds mingle with each other.
Ko Olina Beach, Oahu
This placid beach is located on the western side of Oahu and is considered to be great favorite with families who are holidaying with their children. First of all the waters are clear and shallow. Secondly the beach lies adjacent to the ever popular Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, which has been garnering most of the major awards for the best family friendly resort.
Poipu Beach Park, Kauai
The Poipu Beach Park is said to be the fulcrum of the perpetually sunny south shore of Kauai. This beach too is very popular with families as the waters are suitable for swimming, especially for kuds and beginners. The constant presence of a lifeguard is an added incentive for visitors. Most of the popular water sport activities like, snorkeling and surfing can be easily done on Poipu. There are some good resorts suitable for families in the vicinity, like Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa and Ko’a Kea.
Kalapaki Beach, Kauai
Surrounded by an idyllic harbor along the east coast of Hawaii, the Kalapaki beach on the bay is the right place to spend a day for all types of visitors. While activities for kids include surfing and boogie boarding, the grown ups can try their hand at sailing or canoeing in this sheltered beach. There are some excellent seafood and other cuisine restaurants on the seaside, while the Kauai Marriot Resort makes for a good place to pass a night or two.
Tunnels Beach, Kauai
Set against a scenic backdrop of swaying palms and ironwood trees, Tunnels Beach is located on the northern part of Kauai, at the spot where locals and tourists throng for snorkeling and diving. Several tubes of lava, over hundreds of years, have formed an underwater cavern like structure, thereby giving the beach its name. These tunnels are a great place to sight a lot of different varieties of tropical fish, while the divers can head to the outer reefs to have a plunge.
Kalihiwai Beach, Kauai
This lesser known beach is an eternal favorite of the locals, where the select few are privy to its popularity.The beach is located on the road to Princeville, just past the little village of Kapaa. There are two lovely cliffs on the side, and the waves here are perfectly set up for body surfing. The shallow freshwater lagoon here is a hit with the little ones, who can frolic in the water with absolute safety.
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
This stunning crescent shaped golden piece of flawless beauty is accessible only to the in house residents and their guests of the Four Seasons Manele Bay Resort. The beach has superb facilities for snorkeling and swimming. The lucky ones can come across spinner dolphins and even humpback whales just off the shore during the winter migratory season.
Makena Beach, Maui
Also referred to as the Big Beach of Maui, Makena is both a local and tourist favorite. The beach provides good views of the little island of Molokini a little distance away. Some of the most popular food trucks of Maui are parked by the side of the road here serving some of the freshest mahi mahi and shrimp.
Hamoa Beach, Maui
A visit to the beach serves two sightseeing purposes. One, it takes you on the scenic Road to Hana trip, which is a leading tourist attraction of Hawaii. The twisting and turning road leading up to the Old Town of Hana is said to be an adventure in its own right. The drive takes you past waterfalls and cliffs until you ultimately arrive at this beautiful cove.
Hawaii, also known as the Big Island, is known for its great diversity of world class beaches, making a choice to select the best a tough one. Though the beaches of Big Island and Maui dominate the rest of the island, the other spots described above too are a haven for visitors.