Oahu is said to have over 100 beaches.
The vast majority of these beaches are available to the public and are FREE!
There are white sand beaches too.
Now, if you want to get away from Waikiki or Honolulu, you can head to the eastside of Oahu, aka windward Oahu. (The North Shore is also a good place to head to!)
The list: Best beaches on the east side of Oahu
ALL of these beaches come with amazing views.
Now, here are 5 more reasons to love Hawaii!
1. Lanikai Beach
This is where you go so you can lay on the white sand beach right in front of the picture perfect Mokulua islands aka the Mokes.
Lanikai Beach is the perfect post-hike recovery following the Lanikai Pillbox Hike.
There are a couple of downsides to Lanikai Beach though: parking can be a problem, and there’s no bathroom around.
Still, this beach has been called one of the best beaches in the world by prominent travel magazines.
2. Kailua Beach
Kailua Beach is the neighbor of Lanikai Beach.
It’s a short 15 minute or so walk to get between the 2 beaches, and you’ll come across some amazing views when you do so!
Unlike Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach has proper beach facilities (like a bathroom and lifeguards) so it can make for a higher level of convenience.
You’ll get the white sand beach at Kailua Beach too!
3. Waimanalo Beach
If you want to go to a beach not many first-time visitors to Hawaii go to, head to Waimanalo Beach.
This is on the way to Kailua when you’re coming from Waikiki, so you can also make a stop here on your way.
And again, amazing views with a white sand beach.
4. Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is probably the most popular snorkeling spot on Oahu.
5. Makapuu Beach
If you go on a circle island driving tour around Oahu, you’ll pass by Makapuu Beach.
But not many visitors to Hawaii stop for the beach here.
This beach can have powerful waves so it’s also said to be a good beach for boogie boarding.
You can buy boogie boards when you’re on Oahu at the ABC convenience store that’s pretty much on every corner in Waikiki.
As with all water activities, make sure you take proper precautions.
Right near this beach is one of the best hiking trails on Oahu, Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, which can be a good place to go during whale season for a chance at spotting whales.
What to pack for Hawaii?!
- Sun shirts with UV protection (for women and for men) so you have to wear less sunscreen
- Popular water shoes (for women and for men) for the hidden rocks on the beach
- This standard snorkeling set
- This CHEAP way to make your phone waterproof so you can take amazing underwater photos!
- This type of waterproof pouch so you don’t need to leave valuables on the beach
- Sunscreen that’s NOT a part of the Hawaii sunscreen ban
And for hiking in Hawaii…
- Hiking sandals (for women and for men) will do for most trails in Hawaii!
- But trail running shoes (for women and for men) or hiking shoes (for women and for men) work too!
And don’t forget the absolute BEST guide to making the most out of your Hawaii vacation – available for every Hawaiian island
HAPPY BEACH TIME ON EAST OAHU!