Oahu Beaches

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Oahu Beach Guide

Oahu offers some of the world's most captivating beaches for beach lovers. Pick Oahu for your next destination, whether you desire drama or tranquility, crashing waves or calm waters. As one of the oldest islands in the chain of Hawaiian islands, Oahu harbors over 20 developed beaches. Some Oahu beaches fade away in winter, but others stay lovely and vibing all year round. Use our top ten list of Oahu beaches to create your dream island getaway. 

Looking to surf one of the world's best and most challenging spots- the famous Banzai Pipeline- or watch in amazement from the shore? Then Ehukai Beach is where you want to be. Are you planning a day at the beach with the kids? Are you looking to surf one of the world's best and most challenging spots? Or maybe you're looking for the perfect Hawaiian beach for a secluded morning swim? Oahu can meet your desires. For instance, head to  Lanikai Beach for its soft sands. Family-friendly Ala Moana Beach Park has lots of shallow water for the little ones. Essentially, you're guaranteed to have a great time no matter which Oahu beach you visit! So without further ado, let's look at Oahu's best beaches.

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Top 10 Beaches on Oahu

Ready to jump into the Pacific and relax on one of Oahu's fabulous beaches? We've got you covered with a list of the best spots to catch some sun and waves! From excellent snorkeling in Hanauma Bay to the pristine waters of Waikiki Beach to the secluded beaches of Oahu, our list reveals the best Oahu beaches for everyone! So grab your sunscreen and towel and get ready for some fun in the sun!

Let's take a look at Oahu's best beaches. With so many options and variety, we took it upon ourselves to help you choose the best beach for you. We rated these beaches according to several vital factors: sand quality, waves, year-round consistency, crowds and popularity, accessibility, and the beaches' surroundings. 
 

Lanikai Beach

East Windward Oahu Region
#1 Rated Beach on Oahu

Highlights: Enjoy this treasure of a beach. Lanikai Beach is covered with fine white sand. Most rank this beach as one of the best in the world. Start your morning with a peaceful swim or enviable views of two offshore islands, known locally as “the Mokes.”
Must-do: Head here for great sailing and windsurfing. Also, the clear waters make it great for snorkeling. Trek to the nearby Lanikai Pillbox Trail for a stellar overview of the beach, the offshore islands, and the town of Kailua.
 

beach_access Lifeguard
No
my_location Nearby
Kailua Beach Park, which has facilitiees
multiple_stop Length
Roughly a half-mile long
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Snorkeling
Kayaking
Paddling
Wind Surfing
Short Hikes

Kailua Beach Park

East Windward Oahu Region
#2 Rated Beach on Oahu

Highlights: Enjoy this North Shore beach with its long stretch of gorgeous, white sand beach with calm waters. Many consider it one of Oahu’s most beautiful beaches. While there, make sure to savor the views of several offshore islands.
Must-do: We recommend this beach for its lovely, fine sandy beach for strolling and general lounging due to lacking high surfs. Additionally, it boasts excellent swimming and kayaking opportunities. Further, please take advantage of its world-class windsurfing. Rent equipment and arrange lessons from several shops in Kailua.

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes, closer to the boat ramp
multiple_stop Length
2.5 miles long
bathtub Facilities
Bathrooms and Showers available
outdoor_grill Dining
Picnic Areas
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Kayaking
Wind Surfing

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#3 Rated Beach on Oahu

Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Hotels and tourist facilities front the two-mile stretch of white sand coast.

Highlights: We revere this stunning beach as one of the most family-friendly beaches on Oahu. The mild waves here make this beach ideal for swimming, body surfing, and boogie boarding, especially for beginners and children. Waimanalo offers several miles of white sand to walk. It can get crowded on the weekends but is worth visiting if you can fit it into your schedule. 
Must-do: Besides the numerous water activities, join the locals in enjoying this spot for its fishing, barbecuing, and family picnics. It's worth a visit just to say you walked on Waikiki.

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes
multiple_stop Length
2 miles long
my_location Nearby
Honolulu
bathtub Facilities
Yes
outdoor_grill Dining
Picnic areas plus local venues in Waikiki
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Surfing
Snorkeling
Kayaking
Paddling
Body Boarding
Short Hikes
Shopping
Restaurants
Dining
Nightlife

Waimanalo Beach

East Windward Oahu Region
#4 Rated Beach on Oahu

Highlights: We revere this stunning beach as one of the most family-friendly beaches on Oahu. The mild waves here make this beach ideal for swimming, body surfing, and boogie boarding, especially for beginners and children. Waimanalo offers several miles of white sand to walk. It can get crowded on the weekends but is worth visiting if you can fit it into your schedule. 
Must-do: Besides the numerous water activities, join the locals in enjoying this spot for its fishing, barbecuing, and family picnics.

It can get crowded on the weekends but is worth a visit if you can squeeze it in.

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes
bathtub Facilities
Restrooms and Showers available
outdoor_grill Dining
Picnic Areas
multiple_stop Length
Roughly 3 miles long
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Body Boarding
Short Hikes
Hikes

Sunset Beach

North Shore Oahu Region
#5 Rated Beach on Oahu

Sunset Beach is the ideal North Shore paradise with sprawling white sand and turquoise waters.

Highlights: A surfing haven, Sunset Beach provides some of the best waves in the world. This paradise of two miles of white sand stretches from Sunset point to Ehukai beach.
Must-do: Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in its calm summer waters. During the winter, hit the waves for stellar surfing. You can also peer into a few tide pools to observe some of the wonders of nature. Or relax on the powdery soft sand. 

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes
bathtub Facilities
Showers & Restrooms
multiple_stop Length
Roughly 2 miles long
zoom_out_map Size
200-300 ft wide
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Surfing
Snorkeling
Body Boarding
Short Hikes

Waimea Bay Beach Park

North Shore Oahu Region
#6 Rated Beach on Oahu

The lovely North Shore surfing spot known as Waimea Bay Beach Park is the place to be.

Highlights: This beach serves as one of the world's most famous big-wave surf sites. During the winter, locals, big-time surfers, and daredevils head here for a chance at these tall waves. Don’t worry too much about crowds since this beach is relatively large.
Must-do: Looking for high-tides for surfing? During the winter, the bay brings in waves top 40 feet in height. During the summer, visitors can experience a peaceful and enjoyable day of swimming or stroll along the shorelines.

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes
bathtub Facilities
Restrooms and Showers
flash_on Hazards
Can be rough during Winter months
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Surfing
Body Boarding
Short Hikes

Kahana Bay Beach Park

East Windward Oahu Region
#7 Rated Beach on Oahu

Kahana is sure to be an ideal spot if you are looking for trees for shade, picnic tables to enjoy a packed lunch, and there is seldom no more than a handful of people on weekdays.

Highlights: Nestles on the upper windward side,  Kahana serves as an ideal spot for hanging out and relaxing. Tall cliffs and a large bay surround this beach. Fewer visitors stop at this beach. Yet, it offers plenty of trees for shade and picnic tables to enjoy a packed lunch.
Must-do: Regarded as a popular camping spot, consider a night in one of the many campsites here. During the day, spend your time kayaking, paddle boarding, trekking the trails opposite the beach, or fishing. Even the locals enjoy coming here for such activties.

beach_access Lifeguard
No
bathtub Facilities
Limited
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Kayaking
Short Hikes

Malaekahana Beach

North Shore Oahu Region
#8 Rated Beach on Oahu

Locals and those from afar enjoy this gem of a beach!

Highlights: Local visitors galvanize to this beach gem for camping and fishing opportunities. This state beach park stands between the towns of La'ie and Kahuku. 
Must-do: Malaekahana's northern region hosts a range of camping spots and plantation-style cabins. During the day, enjoy the excellent swimming conditions. Just make sure you wear reef shoes because of the rocky nearshore waters. Take a boat ride offshore, and catch a glimpse of Goat Island.

beach_access Lifeguard
None
bathtub Facilities
Limited
my_location Nearby
Goat Island
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing

Ala Moana Beach Park

Waikiki & Honolulu Region
#9 Rated Beach on Oahu

With its crystal-clear waters, lush vegetation, and picturesque settings, it's no wonder that this beach has been called "the place to be." The Ala Moana Beach also offers a wide range of activities for visitors – from swimming to sunbathing to fishing.

Highlights: The turquoise blue, shallow water lures locals and tourists to Ala Moana Beach Park, located in the large Ala Moana State Recreation Area between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. This vast beach sprawls a half-mile-long white sandy beach protected by a reef with usually calm, clear waters.

Must-do: Both locals and visitors enjoy the beach's activities: Hawaiian paddling, yoga sessions, running, beach strolling, surfing, swimming, and playing volleyball. Moreso, visit Ala Wai Harbor or the Ala Moana Center – the largest shopping mall in Hawaii.

beach_access Lifeguard
Yes
multiple_stop Length
Roughly a half-mile long
bathtub Facilities
Showers & Restrooms
outdoor_grill Dining
Picnic Areas and nearby restaurants
pool Activities
Swimming
Sunbathing
Snorkeling
Body Boarding
SUP Boarding
Short Hikes

Makapu'u Beach Park

East Windward Oahu Region
#10 Rated Beach on Oahu

The Makapu'u Beach Park is a beautiful and popular destination for visitors in Oahu, Hawaii.

Highlights: Sheer black cliffs of the Koʻolau Volcano encircle the captivating Makapu’u Beach Park. The whole area surrounding Makapu’u Point is picturesque and powerful, and there is a lot to see in a small locality.   
Must-do: Bodyboarders and surfers enjoy this beach’s rip currents and a decisive shore break. The waves are gentle in summer, but the winter surf raises more enormous boulders from the beach. Consider trekking the Makapuʻu Lighthouse Trail, a relaxing, paved trail that delivers an incredible view down O‘ahu’s windward coast.

There are amenities here – picnic areas, BBQ grills, restrooms, and showers.

beach_access Lifeguard
Sometimes
bathtub Facilities
Restrooms & Showers
outdoor_grill Dining
Picnic areas & BBQ grills
flash_on Hazards
Swimming can be dangerous
pool Activities
Sunbathing
Surfing
Body Boarding
Short Hikes

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