10 Beaches in Hawaii that Should be on Your Bucket List
Hawaii is known for having some of the most beautiful, exotic, and tourist-friendly beaches in the world. Whether you’re visiting for a relaxing holiday, an adventure trip, or just along for the ride, Hawaii’s islands have something to offer for everyone. Here is a round-up of the top 10 beaches of Hawaii that you absolutely cannot miss with some of their best attractions:
1. Makena Beach, Maui
Makena Beach’s claim to fame is being one of the largest (hence the name Makena which means Big) and less crowded beaches in Hawaii. So, if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday far from the madding crowd, this beach may be just right for you. This beach is also perfect for a range of activities including fishing, snorkelling, and swimming.
2. Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Waikiki Beach attracts visitors by the droves and is undeniably one of the most popular and fun tourist destinations in the world. While a good portion of the two-mile stretch is reserved for surfers, there are plenty of other things to do while you’re there. Visit the famed Diamond Head Crater, a formidable-looking extinct volcano, Kapiolani Park and Honolulu Zoo, indulge in submarine tours or stop by any of the world-class shopping malls and restaurants that are in close proximity.
3. Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Kaanapali Beach was once a favourite of Mauian royalty and has since then developed into a world-class resort and condo property catering to varied budgets. The beach in itself is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, with its white sands and clear blue waters that stretch for up to 3 miles. Kaanapali is well-known for its open-air Whalers Village shopping complex, its 2 championship golf courses, and extensive range of activities for the adventure enthusiast including cliff-diving and ziplining.
4. Kapalua Bay, Maui
Kapalua Bay is another hot favourite among adventure enthusiasts for kayaking, swimming, hiking trails, zip-lining, and boogie boarding – just some of the activities that are available here. The Kapalua Bay resort, a 22,000-acre property, hosts some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna that are available in the world. This beach is a must if you are an ardent nature-lover.
5. Makua Beach, Kauai
A stunning beach of the crescent-shaped variety, Makua Beach offers golden sands, cool shady trees and stunning views all year long. Also known by the name Tunnels Beach, this secluded beach is a veritable snorkelling and scuba-diving paradise and is much loved by adults and children alike. Couples looking for a romantic getaway or lone travellers wanting to take a quiet stroll on the seashore will be captivated by what this beach has to offer.
6. Ko Olina Beach, Oahu
Perfect for families and a local favourite too, Ko Olina is another popular island that should be on your list. The waters are gentle enough for young swimmers, while the family-friendly amenities including public showers means that family outings are well-served. Ko Olina is also home to Ko Olina Marine, the only private deep-draft Marine in the whole of Hawaii.
7. Polihua Beach, Lanai
Poluhia is a beautiful beach best suited for sunbathing. While not the easiest beach to reach (boat or four-wheel ride only), its seclusion and relative peacefulness more than adequately make up for it. If you’re looking for a stunning locale miles away from anyone, this spot would be just right for you.
8. Waimanalo Beach, Oahu
An absolutely gorgeous beach in Oahu, Waimanalo Beach is another hidden gem, wholesome and unspoilt, mostly frequented by locals and characterised by powdery white sands. Great for weddings, picnics, family outings and simply stunning views against the backdrop of green mountains, and crystal clear blue waters.
9. Poipu Beach Park, Kauai
Primarily a family attraction, Poipu Beach Park offers great weather and plenty of things to see and do all year long. Just some of the long list of activities available here include luaus, sea tours, fishing, golf, sightseeing, spas, golf, hiking and ATV tours.
10.Sunset Beach, Oahu
Sunset Beach is home to some of the most well-known surfing competitions in the world and is a favourite of water-activity enthusiasts. Sunset Beach is also one of the most romantic locations in the world making it ideal for that perfect couples getaway.