Top 10 Hawaiian Beaches

Whether you are searching for gleaming white sands, turquoise waters or the best surf, Hawaii’s tropical oases have something for everyone. Escape to paradise and tour our top 10 Hawaiian beaches.

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Photo By: Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson

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Photo By: Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson

Photo By: Hawaii Tourism Authority/ Tor Johnson

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Waikiki Beach, Oahu

Honolulu’s most popular beach, Waikiki, was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Relax on the white sands or take a surfing lesson with the majestic Diamond Head Crater in the backdrop.

Kauna ‘oa Beach, The Big Island

The very private crescent-shaped Kauna ‘oa Beach is a serene tropical paradise perfect for escaping from the crowds. But with a limit to 25 people at any time, it’s best to arrive before 9 a.m.!

North Shore, Oahu

If you’re looking for some gnarly waves, look no further than North Shore. The 7 mile beach hosts the Super Bowl of wave competitions and is also home to Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau, O’ahu’s oldest ancient religious site. The destination is also popular for spotting whales.

Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island

The picturesque beach is not only famous for its jet black sand but also its endangered green sea turtles. The beach is one of the few areas the turtles choose to lay their eggs. Camp, picnic, relax, snorkel and take in all of the remarkable nature.

Lanikai, Oahu

Lanikai is heaven on earth with pristine sands, turquoise water, calm waves and lush tropical plants -- no wonder it is ranked one of the best beaches in the world!

Lahaina Beach, Maui

This tranquil and tropical getaway is perfect for romance and a favorite for marriage ceremonies. Also don’t miss the Old Lahaina Luau with a traditional feast and hula dancing.

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Luxury seekers should look no further than Kaanapali beach for the best selection of posh hotels, spas, and exclusive resorts. Try a lomi lomi massage to unwind or rent out a beach cabana.

Poipu Beach, Kauai

Located on the southern tip of Kauai, this serene beach offers uniquely calm waters and shallow shores perfect for families and beginner swimmers.

Ho’okipa Beach, Maui

A mecca for ocean sports, Ho’okipa attracts windsurfers of all ages boasting some of the best windsurfing waves along the Maui coast. If you’re not as adventurous, there’s plenty of space to lay out your towel and lounge on the pristine sand.

Honaunau Beach, The Big Island

Honauna Beach is home to the famed City of Refuge, an underwater paradise favorite among divers. Years ago volcano eruptions poured lava into the ocean, eventually hardening into smooth formations that are now home to an expansive reef. Divers can swim with over 40% of Hawaii’s native fish, colorful coral and even the endangered green sea turtle.