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Beaches of Hawaii

Hawaii is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches. The islands have every type of beach imaginable: white, black, green and red sand beaches; romantic bays and beach parks for the family; popular shorelines for people watching and off-the-beaten-path sands untouched by development. Discover Hawaii’s world-famous beaches below.

Kauai Beaches:


Poipu Beach, Poipu: Popular with visitors and Hawaiian monk seals, this South Shore beach was once named America's Best Beach.

Hanalei Beach Park, Hanalei: This picturesque North Shore beach is the perfect spot to share a romantic sunset.

Lydgate Beach Park, Wailua: This family friendly beach park on the Coconut Coast is one of the best spots in Kauai for first time snorkelers.


Oahu Beaches:


Waikiki Beach, Waikiki: One of the most popular beaches in the world, this historic gathering place is also one of the best spots in Hawaii to take a surfing lesson.

Kailua Beach, Kailua: Great Windward Coast beach for families and for outdoor activities like kayaking and snorkeling.

Waimea Bay, North Shore: Widely known as the birthplace of big wave surfing, Waimea’s big winter waves subside in the summer, for perfect beach conditions.


Molokai Beaches:

Papohaku Beach

Papohaku Beach Park: At three miles long and one mile wide, this is one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches.

One Alii Beach Park: This favorite of Hawaiian alii (royalty), just east of Kaunakakai is a great place for a day in the sun with friends and family.


Lanai Beaches:

Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach)

Hulopoe Beach Park: Located in Hulopoe Bay and fronting the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, this sweeping white sand shoreline was once named America’s Best Beach.

Polihua Beach: Take a 4-wheel drive adventure to find two miles of pristine white sand on one of Lanai’s most secluded beaches.

Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This off-the-beaten-path beach features a World War II era ship that can still be seen off the coast today.


Maui Beaches:


Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali: West Maui's "signature" beach offers three miles of white sand and was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003.

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach), Makena: With white sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long, this is one of the largest beaches in Maui.

Wailea Beach, Wailea: Named "America's Best Beach" in 1999, Wailea offers excellent swimming and had amenities including restrooms and equipment rentals.


Hawaii's Big Island Beaches:

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona: One of the best snorkeling spots on Hawaii’s Big Island, this is also a great place to take a surfing lesson.

Punaluu Beach Park, Kau: This remote beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii.

Spencer Beach Park, Kohala Coast: With picnic facilities, shady areas and a large sandy beach, this is one of the most popular family beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island.


Note: Heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ability level.