Top 10 Hawaiian Beaches

By: James Ingram

Hawaii Beach. The Best Beaches in Hawaii

These are the Top 10 Best Beaches in Hawaii. Hawaiian Beaches are known for offering mixes of all the right ingredients to give travelers and families the best vacation resort experience. Everyone wants something different in a holiday beach resort. Plus, if you are a family traveling with kids it is even more important to find the right balance between sea, sand and surf.

Best Beaches in Hawaii
See the list of top Hawaiian beaches and resorts below for families and solo travelers.

  • 1. Lanikai Beach
  • 2. The North Shore
  • 3. Punalu'u Beach
  • 4. Hookipa Beach
  • 5. Lahaina Beach
  • 6. Poipu Beach
  • 7. Kauna 'oa Beach
  • 8. Kaanapali Beach
  • 9. Honaunau Bay
  • 10. Waikiki Beach

1) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Lanikai Beach
Located on the island of Oahu off Kailua Road, Kailua -East Oahu. Clear water and sparkling white sand make Lanikai Beach known for its beauty. Just off in the distance are two tropical islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua where there are designated bird sanctuaries. This combination of sand and sun make Lanikai Beach a well known to travelers and locals. The sunrise if not to be missed on this part Oahu where visitors can find sand, large rocks, shady areas and good swimming and snorkeling.

2) Best Beaches in Hawaii - The North Shore
The North Shore is part of three separate areas:

  • Waimeia Bay calm
    Which is peaceful in the summer with big winter surfing waves in winter.
  • The Pipeline
    The name inspires surfers shooting through waves.
  • Sunset Beach
    known for fabulous sunsets! If you are not a board-type there are plenty of other things to do nearby such as: Golf, Ocean Fishing & Tours, Sport Fishing, Shark Tours, Whale Watching, Horseback Riding, Jet Ski, Picnics, Scuba and Snorkel. Plus lots of shopping!

3) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Punalu'u Beach
Located off Highway 11 on the South shore and is nothing short of dramatic. Black sand beaches and tall coconut trees make this beach memorable and very comfortable. The beach park even has a freshwater wading pool to cool off with for the whole family plus there are ducks for the kids. Punalu'u actually 'diving spring' because Hawaiians used to get fresh water from these springs using gourds. The location is well known for the endangered green sea turtle that makes it's home here while the turtles are protected by law, snorkeling is a great way to see them in their natural habitat.

4) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Hookipa Beach
Well known for world-class windsurfing competitions. It is located off the Hana Highway in North Maui. While not everyone is an expert windsurfer there is a small coral reef that provides an excellent calm area for taking a relaxing few minutes on this unique beach. The dramatic rocky beach and sandy shore are complemented with barbeque picnic areas, showers, kiosks and payphones. The range of services make this beach a success for hosting the Aloha Classic, Red Bull surfing competitions and the Maui Sports Foundation events for expert windsurfers and sun worshipping tourists.

5) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Lahaina Beach
Located on West Maui and the town is full of ancient history with a long tradition of whaling. Many people are familiar with the wedding ceremonies and famous Luau dances. The Luau dance is the traditional Hawaiian dance that celebrates the unique island culture with the hula dance, flower lei ceremonies and roasted pig dining make any evening a memorable experience.

6) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Poipu Beach
Located on the southern island of Kauai it is well know for calm waters. The beauty of calm waters and tranquil beaches are a photographers dream come true. The area is picturesque with sandy beaches and shallow areas that provide safe areas for parents and children. Snorkeling is also good around the point and there is grass and shady areas for sun worshippers to lounge in. There are also many services available on the beach including lifeguards, picnic areas, showers and picnic facilities.

7) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Kauna 'oa Beach
A large sandy beach located on the big island of Hawaii. The beach provides plenty of room for sand castles, volleyball, swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding. It is one of the best beaches on the island with a rock reef that provides some protection from the surf. Golfers will even love to hate the sand traps at the famous Mauna Kea Golf Course.

8) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Kaanapali Beach
One of the best beaches on Maui 

The beach fronts many Ka'anapali resorts. Travel up and down the beach is made possible by a concrete path so wherever you are staying the path is nearby for morning walks and sunset strolls. Local services include: lifeguards, restrooms, showers and seasonal high surf. Many visitors that prefer calm waters will enjoy fantastic snorkeling at Black Rock. Adults with children will be pleased to see that many resorts have childrens programs so everyone in the family has a memorable experience.

9) Best Beaches in Hawaii - Honaunau Bay
The City of Refuge by locals because of ancient traditions that gave warriors and law-breakers refuge here. The bay is refuge to many fish and coral that skin divers often visit due to the ease of entry provided by smooth lava rock flats. Scuba divers also frequent the area because is is so remarkable. Dolphins are regulars to the bay and give everyone a bit of excitement. The clear blue waters and even the occasional sea turtle offer rich diving experience for all.

10) Best Beaches in Hawaii Waikiki Beach
The beach of Beaches

Located on O'ahu's south, the shore is the beach of beaches. Two miles of beach fronted by hotels and by the beautiful Kapiolani Park. The beach can be crowded but it is popular for a good reason. Access to amenities includes: lifeguards, sand and reef areas, picnic areas, phones, showers and restrooms. Outrigger canoes can also be rented for a paddle through sun-drenched waves in the afternoon sun.

These Best Beaches in Hawaii are the best places to go.
What makes a good beach is the way it let's everyone relax the way they like. Families need sandcastles and surfers need big waves while a scuba diver wants a beach with a reef and calm water. A beach with all these things makes it a wonderful place to vacation in a resort atmosphere.

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