Oahu's beaches are some of the most famous in the world. Find your perfect beach for snorkeling, a romantic picnic, kayaking, SUP lessons, or watching the legendary winter waves of the North Shore. On Oahu, beach life is the good life.
Most beaches on Oahu are publically accessible.
Please be mindful of warning signs and consult with lifeguards about ocean safety. Visit the Hawaii Beach Safety websitefor more information.
Oahu has a wide range of beaches suited for all types of water sports.
Choose a beach that offers the best conditions for your preferred activity and ability.
Waikiki Beach offers a 2-mile sweep of golden sandwithmagnificent Diamond Head as a backdrop.The gentle waves at Waikiki Beach are perfect for surfing lessons, outrigger canoe riding and stand-up paddle boarding. Formerly a playground for Hawaiian royalty and Olympic champion Duke Kahanamoku, Waikiki is still the king of beaches.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a marine conservation areawith tranquil waters for snorkeling and scuba diving.Its protected coral reefs harbor green sea turtles and an array of tropical fish.Hanauma Bay is a state park with daily hours and an admission fee. 100 Hanauma Bay Rd, Honolulu HI, 96825 | 808-396-4229 | http://www.hanaumabaystatepark.com/ | Distance from hotel: 11 miles
Kailua Beach Park is located on Oahu’s windward coast, a favorite for active water sports: windsurfing, body boarding, parasailing and kayaking. The 2.5-mile crescent-shaped beach is also perfect for a long morning walks 526 Kawailoa Rd Kailua, HI 96734 | Distance from hotel: 16 miles
Watching the wild and pounding surf of Oahu's North Shore is an exciting spectator sport during winter months. But summer brings calm and placid conditions that invite swimming, kayaking, and picnicking. Stretching over 7 miles, the North Shore is home to Haleiwa Town, Waimea Bay, Pipeline, Sunset Beach and island's ultimate surf culture. Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Distance from hotel: 40 miles