Top 10 Most Favorite Local Beaches in Hawaii

March 20, 2017 Columns,Tours & Activities

Hawaii has the most amazing beaches in the world but what makes one beach great for surfers does not necessarily make for a great family destination to go for a swim.   Our readers have voted their top 10 most favorite Hawaii beaches of 2017.

Waimanalo Beach, Oahu


Although little known and not on the list of most Hawaii Beach Tours, Waimanalo Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2015 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach. With very clean water and sand, it is one of the longest beaches in Hawaii. It is away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, located on the island of Oahu, at the end of a small country road and near a quiet village. It is one of those rare jewels.


Hanalei Bay, Kauai


Hanalei is great for those looking for a Hawaii beach day, including for surfers, beginners and experienced, offering waves of varying sizes. The beach is frequented by world-class surfers and is considered one of the best Hawaii beaches by many residents and tourists.


Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Big Island


Hawaii’s Big Island is one of the only places in the world where you can snow ski in the morning and surf that same afternoon. It is in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and promises to be an unforgettable sight. The scenery counts with black sand all over the beach, coconut trees in the border, rock formations and fluffy turtles. But we can’t touch them, feed them or anything, because they are protected by the local government. Certainly one of the most amazing Hawaii beaches.


Polihua Beach, Lanai


One of the most hidden beaches in all Hawaii, it is only accessible by car. With many desert-like views, its strip of sand reaches almost 3 kilometers in length creates the perfect space for sports in the sand. If you visit the beach between December and April you may see some humpback whales migrating.


Poipu Beach, Kauai


If knowing marine species is on your list of Hawaii Beach Activities, Poipu Beach is the right place for you. This beach is the official residence of sea turtles, colorful Hawaiian shoals and believe, Poipu is also the favorite local beach for those who want to see seals! It is common to see these mammals basking in the sun on the southern tip of Kauai. They are the children’s feeling, who are perplexed by watching these giants so quietly enjoying the warmth of the end of each day.


Makena Beach, Maui


Also called “Big Beach” in Maui, it is loved by both locals and tourists alike. Settle down on the sand, and enjoy breathtaking views of the small island of Molokini.


Lanikai Beach, Oahu

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Lanikai beach is ranked one of worlds top beaches. Nestled in a residential neighborhood of Kailua, featuring white sand beaches and calm waters. For those wanting to be more active, two mini islands called the Mokuluas (Moks) can be reached via kayak.


Kaanapali Beach, Maui


With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the rolling West Maui Mountains on the other, Kaanapali Beach’s 3 miles of caramel-colored sand were once a playground for Maui royalty. One of the coolest attractions of Kaanapali Beach is on the right-hand side where Black Rock is located. It is a giant rock about 10 meters high where the most adventurous lined up to jump into the sea. Visit in June for the annual Waaa Kiakahi outrigger canoe races and “talk story” about the ancient art of sailing and the present desire to preserve a culture.


Yokohama Beach, Oahu


Yokohama Bay is pristine beautiful, untouched by development for miles around, and framed by the Waianae Mountain Range in the background. You’ll usually find this Oahu beach empty, with an extensive sandy beach to explore all to yourself.


Hapuna Beach, Big Island


Hapuna is one of the most visited beaches in Hawaii and had no such thing: its crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and its white sand creates a bench that extends about 22 feet ocean to within. Located on the largest island in Hawaii, Hapuna is that beach we all imagined when we heard the word “paradise”.


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