Top Best Hawaiian Beaches – World’s Best Relaxation Spots
The top best Hawaiian beaches make this American Central Pacific archipelago one of the most popular and prestigious holiday destinations in the world. And what’s a holiday without a beach?
The little island state of the USA is almost too much fun with all its hot springs, jaw-dropping landscape and amazing, little animals. But there’s something about a Hawaiian beach that needs to be addressed, seriously.
I would say that most of Hawaii has some of the best beaches in the world. With dozens of awesome beaches, the Hawaiian shoreline may as well be described as one endless beach anyway.
Even so, there are some spots on this shoreline that are better than others. If you ever go to Hawaii and can’t decide where to go sun, snorkel and surf, here is a top ten list.
This has been voted most popular beach by Hawaiians and visitors alike. Lanikai beach, favorite for the locals of the Oahu Island, will take your breath away. And this is why: For starters, the beach is almost a mile long. As if that doesn’t cut it, the beach boasts a coral reef a few hundred feet offshore. That means that the water is sparkling and calm even on the windiest days.
You can be on this beach for a week everyday and not exhaust half of what it has to offer. No two strangers on Lanikai will be doing the same thing on a normal day. One will be strolling on the heavenly sands, the other one will be lying on his back soaking in the sun like a big old seal. There’s swimming, Kayaking… Honestly, I’d never end the list. This beach should be your first stop.
Hapuna may only be half as long as Lanikai. however, this beach on Big Island is 200 feet wide during the sunniest times of the year. A football field is 160 feet wide. This beach is a whole 40 feet wider in summer! The wide miracle of a beach is complemented by bright shallows in which one can wade and cool off. You also can swim and snorkel with the fishes from the coral nearby.
Hapuna may be the magic of Hawaii’s Big Island and so has a lot of people. However, its great width means that you will never lack a spot on its white sands. Even in the summer when it’s most crowded, you will ever have fresh air. You’ll still sprawl about like a starfish and not see feet for dozens of meters around you. If I was going to Hawaii with my family or friends and I really needed space, I’d wind up here.
Do you want to snorkel and chase little fishies? Go to Hulopoe. Do you want to swim in a secluded little beach with the love of your life and have space for memory making? Go to Hulopoe too.
Better known as the Hulopoe Beach Park, this wonderful spot on the Hulopoe Bay has little traffic even during the busiest seasons. This is mainly because the bay is under the Hawaii marine life conservation program. You probably wont fish much on Hulopoe but so what? You’ll really, really snorkel if you love to be under water. Did I mention that the beach has some of the rarest Hawaiian fish?
Finally, you will actually have more private moments on a beach than you need. This is the kind of beach on which you have fun without caring about the next guy or couple because they’re too far away.
Hanalei Bay Beach
I have a feeling I should have started with Hanalei Bay Beach on Kauai Island’s Hanalei Bay, but that’s a choice for you. Hanalei is sandwiched by two rivers: Waipa and Hanalei to the West and East respectively. The Hanalei river itself is great for sailing.
Now, the shallow beach incline on Hanalei Bay means good waves, so if you surf hard this place is home for you. The beach itself is over 120 feet wide in the summer and has a pier 300 feet long.
When people aren’t fishing from this pier they’re jumping off it into warm blue shallows that can have you swimming all day. And if you believe that vacations are about lying around and doing totally nothing, Hanalei will serve you well too. You can always lie on this beach and look up into the prettiest hills and waterfalls of Kauai Island.
There is a bit of everything for you at this fun spot on Maui Island’s Black Rock Beach. At Kaanapali, you could do everything people do on a beach all in one day. I may have to warn you that you won’t be alone because the beach is dangerously fun and has a lot of traffic.
However, I will also tell you that you can get anything at Kaanapali from restaurants making indigenous dishes to kayaking services for under $5. Kaanapali is the one beach you want to go to if you’re feeling loud and energetic or if you crave good, noisy fun. If you want the best of Kaanapali Beach, live in one of its two resorts and not inland. You’ll miss too much by having to walk even five minutes to this beach. You’ll have to live on the beach to really enjoy it.
Kapalua Bay beach is the rival of Kaanapali on the Island of Maui. Located on the Kapalua Bay in West Maui, it is the ideal family beach for many reasons, but its peacefulness is most famous. It is a sheltered beach that never sees big breaking waves and is therefore good for low-energy fun and sunbathing. You will find many families on this beach, especially the ones with very young children.
Everything on the beach calls for relaxation, from the gold colored sands to the grove of coconut palms that provide amazing shelter on hot days. This beach comes sixth on this list for its tranquility more than anything else. Sometimes you just want a quiet swim and a long nap on the sands with zero noise around you. Kapalua is where you go to get that. Read: 15 Must-Visit Places in the USA
This Oahu island bay beach is nearly circular with extremely clear waters and a fish population so diverse it’s considered the world’s best swimming beach. However, because of the paradise it is, Hanauma beach has a lot of traffic. Also, too much fishing has put the beach under marine life protection program since the early 1990s.
If you want a vacation or even a single-day visit on the beach you have to arrive early and book days ahead of your visit. Now, don’t be discouraged by all the trouble you have to go through to earn a visit here. Once you secure a spot on Hanauma Bay beach you will probably have the world’s best swimming and snorkeling experience. The good law enforcement on the beach makes it’s a safe destination for families.
Many reviews give Maui Island’s Wailea beach a rating of 4.5 to 5 stars, which makes it one of the top best Hawaiian beaches. It is the only Hawaiian beach where you hear and actually site whales in the winter, but we’re talking about summer here, right? Although short compared to most of the beaches above, Wailea is one of the few beaches that allows you step out of your hotel room directly onto the sand.
There is the Grand Wailea resort on one end of the beach and the Four Seasons Resort on the other. In between is a fun crowd of sunbathers, snorkelers and surfers. I think that you need to get to Wailea really early if you want to have good times on this beach. Or maybe you should just book your accommodation in one of the two resorts so that you can land onto the beach at six every morning. I hear the Hawaiian sun starts warming this beach at six.
I am taking you back to Kauai, to a family beach 50 feet wide with a natural pool for children. Poipu is the only beach in Hawaii where you pay only for a beach but get to see the endangered monk seals as well. They come up on the beach and sunbathe next to you and you can take all the pictures you want, even pat some of them.
This beach is the most popular family spot on the Island of Kauai, and a 1000-foot long affair of white sand and surf. Take care not to overstay at Poipu, but if you do don’t blame yourself. Everyone overstays here.
Panaluu wraps up the list of top best Hawaiian beaches because of its many unique features. How many beaches in the world have black sands? Less than a few, right? Well, Panaluu beach on Hawaii’s Big Island is one of them. The black sands are complemented by numerous turtles sunning. To tell the truth, you don’t want to go here if swimming is what you want.
However, if you take a picnic basket to Panaluu, it will be the best picnic of your life. The beach has amazing shades under towering palms and the greenest beach grass in Hawaii (I think). You can sit here and bite on a sandwich as you watch hundreds of lazy turtles. The whole time, there will be a magical sea breeze caressing your neck.