Ulua Lagoon, the first of the four Ko Olina Lagoons. Photo © Leigh Meeks/123rf.

O‘ahu’s Leeward Beaches

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind an hour’s drive across the island, the beaches of leeward O‘ahu offer wide swaths of white sand under clear, sunny skies. As the trade winds blow across the island from east to west, the leeward coast’s waters remain calm and protected. Here are beach highlights, amenities, and the best activities for each.

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam’s Best Beaches

From mainstays on the tourist trail to remote, near-deserted islands, here are Vietnam’s best beaches–a healthy mix of active, fast-paced water sport hubs and easygoing seaside venues.

Waves crash on the rocky, volcanic shorline of Wawaloli Beach.

Kona’s Beaches: South of the Airport

Kona’s beaches south of the airport are a motley crew. Worth a visit if you’re in the area looking for sand, you’ll find plenty of picnic areas and one or two spots to get in the water for snorkeling, swimming, or boarding. Here are directions, the best activities for each beach, and amenities.

A beach in Providencia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Best Beaches of Providencia and Santa Catalina

Secluded palm-lined beaches, gorgeous turquoise Caribbean waters, mellow locals, fresh seafood, and rum drinks make it easy to become smitten with the islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina. Learn the lay of the land, and most importantly, the best beaches to while away the hours.

Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.

Best Beaches of Wailea and Makena

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded beach, a great spot to get into the water for your sport of choice, or simply some sun and sand, the beaches of Wailea and Makena deliver. Here’s where to go, including beach overviews, amenities and directions.

Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, Australia.

Visit Australia’s Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays, and when you first arrive, you may feel like you’re in a relatively large town. But, besides some rather gorgeous private holiday residences, this is pretty much a giant resort. Learn about the ins and outs of staying here, along with information a few key locations and getting around.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Best Beaches in Central Maui

The undeveloped beaches of Central Maui are defined by wind, waves, and water sports. You won’t find any tiki bars or activities stands, but there are long stretches of undeveloped beaches where the world’s best watermen hang out.

Zebra sculptures look out over the ocean in Sydney, Australia.

Bondi Beach to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi Beach hardly needs an introduction—its fame has spread beyond Australia’s shores. But one thing that is a must-do, even if it will take you away from the beach, is the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.