Oahu Beaches
One for Every Taste

Oahu Beaches have it all. If you are looking for high waves, romantic sunsets or on the other hand protected swimming for families with small children, you’ll find the beach you want on this lovely Island of Oahu.

Oahu is known for being the location of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii and the world famous Waikiki Beach Hawaii. But there is a lot more to see on the 115 miles of coastline of some of the best beaches in Hawaii.

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii is famous worldwide

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu Hawaii is famous worldwide

Beaches on the South Shore of Oahu

  • Waikiki Beach

This is for sure one of the top beaches of the world. It receives about 4 million visitors a year. It has a steady but lasting wave break making it one of the best beaches in Hawaii for learning how to surf. At the entrance of this city beach there is a statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcoming you to the beach. Once there you’ll have a perfect view of Diamond Head or Leahi.

Waikiki is actually made of a few beaches including Fort De Russy Beach to the west, Waikiki Beach, Kuhio Beach and Queen Surf Beach, home to quieter stretches on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki.

Ala Moana Beach near Waikiki in Southern Oahu

Ala Moana Beach near Waikiki in Southern Oahu

  • Ala Moana Beach Park

This beach is located a few minutes from Waikiki. The beach is protected by a reef creating calm waters. Magic Island is a man made peninsula stretching out to sea from this beach. Its man made lagoon is perfect for small children to swim. You’ll also find picnic tables available in the area.

  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

This bay is located between two dormant volcano craters located on the very southern tip of Oahu. Its shallow waters feature lots of colorful fish and an amazing marine life. Yes, you gassed it…the beach is great for snorkeling.

Oahu Beaches

Oahu Beaches are tropical exotic and spectacular

Oahu Beaches are tropical exotic and spectacular

Beaches on the West or Leeward Coast

  • Sandy Beach

This beach is located a few minutes pass Haunama Bay near the Halona Blowhole. The surf is massive, and shore breaks are dangerous. Surf at your own risk, or don’t surf at all.

  • Ko Olina Resort and Marina

This is a perfect spot for families with parking, restrooms and shower rooms. The man made lagoons were created for the Ko Olina Resort and the J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.

  • Makaha Beach

This is the best place on the west coast for surfing. The waves are big and can catch the visitors off guard. They say this is where big wave surfing all started.

  • Yokohama Bay

This is a sandy stretch of beach with turquoise waters. The place is great for sunbathing and swimming. It is great to sit and watch the surfers interacting with the dolphins. If you are a hiker, from here starts a trail that takes you to nearby Kaena Point for spectacular ocean views.

Waimea Beach in Oahu is a paradise for surfers

Waimea Beach in Oahu is a paradise for surfers

Oahu Beaches on the north shore

  • Waimea Bay

This beach is famous for its enormous waves especially during winter. This is also where the whole big wave riding started back in the 50’s. In the summer the waves are much calmer and then it becomes a great spot for snorkeling and swimming. It is a full service beach with all facilities for visitors.

  • Kawela Bay also called Turtle Bay

This beach is located on Ohau’s northern tip past Haleiwa and near Kahuku. Here you may have a chance to see some Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, called Honu. The beach is protected from large waves and is one of the best places on the island for snorkeling.

Sunset Beach in Oahu a surfer's paradise

Sunset Beach in Oahu a surfer's paradise

  • Sunset Beach

It is the longest stretches of ride able surf spots in the world. It is also a long two mile beach with different types of surfs. The Triple Crown of Surfing competition is held on this beach.

  • Ehukai Beach

The powerful waves at Banzai Pipeline break over a sharp reef, no more than a few feet from the surface. These massive tubes make this one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world and one of the venues for the Triple Crown of Surfing.

Makapuu Beach is a popular beach with local Hawaiians

Makapuu Beach is a popular one of Oahu Beaches

Beaches on the Eastern or Windward Coast

  • Makapuu Beach

This beach is located half an hour east of Waikiki Beach. This beach sits on a slope between jagged lava rocks and rugged cliffs making for large tide pools. It is a popular beach for locals due to the body boarding qualities.

  • Waimanalo Beach

Twenty minutes from Makapuu lays this other beach holding enough parking space and picnic facilities. This is a venue for many parties and picnics due to its facilities. The 4 mile beach is covered with sand and surrounded by crystal clear calm waters. It is a great place to learn to bodysurf and body board.

For more information visit Hawaii Tourism Website

Lanikai Beach in Hawaii is one of the world's best beaches

Lanikai Beach in Hawaii is one of the world's best beaches

  • Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach Hawaii has been ranked constantly as one of the best beaches in the world. In 1996 the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast ranked it as the World Best beach. It is nested in the residential neighborhood of Kailua it features white sands and calm waters. There are two offshore islands called the Mokuluas that can be reached from Lanikai by kayak.

  • Kailua Beach

Located around the corner from Lanikai is famous for great windsurfing. Here you can rent sailboards, canoes and kayaks. There is ample parking and many other amenities for families with children.

  • Kualoa Regional Park

This Beach Park is located across from Kualoa Ranch. From here you have amazing views of the east coasdt of Oahu as well as the offshore islet of Mokolii.

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