Hawaii has four of the world's best beaches according to a new survey released by Travel & Leisure Magazine. Readers ranked a total of 54 beaches, grouped by type, and Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island all had winners. This probably comes as little surprise to many of our visitors, but below we've outlined which beaches took home the prestigious mentions. Below the awards, we've also point out what we felt were some glaring omissions.
Polihale Beach, on Kauai, was named the world's best beach for seclusion. We can testify to that as can anyone who's visited the beach - it's way out there!
Wailea Beach, on Maui, was rated as the best beach in the world for Activities.
Hapuna Beach, on the Big Island of Hawaii, was ranked one of the best beaches for families.
Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, on Maui, was ranked for being the best for dramatic landscapes.
Honestly, the vote for Wailea on Maui sort of surprised us, and we figured Hamoa Beach would surely make the cut as one of the most scenic - but the remote beach likely lost out due to its location. On Kauai, how can you exclude Tunnels or Kee Beaches... they are certainly two of our favorites. Leaving Makalawena off the list on the Big Island also surprised us, especially since it's both remote and gorgeous. Lastly, having no mentions on Oahu comes as a bit of a surprise. I didn't really expect to see Waikiki on the list, but having no mentions was a bit of a snub if you ask us.