Malaekahana State Recreation Area has showers, restrooms, and picnic tables, and camping is allowed with a permit on the south side of Kalanai Point.

O‘ahu Beaches from Kualoa to La‘ie

The many beaches that stretch from Kualoa to La‘ie on O‘ahu are mostly beach parks, which generally means gated parking, restrooms, other facilities such as picnic tables, and decent water sports. Expect local crowds on the weekends, but if one beach is a little too busy for your liking, it’s easy enough to move on to the next.

A speckled tropical fish in the reef at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling West Maui: Kapalau, Napili, and Honolua

Snorkeling is the most popular activity in West Maui. Hundreds of people ply the waters of the island’s western shoreline, but there’s always room to find your own section of reef. Mornings are the best time of day for snorkeling, and remember: different times of year also mean different snorkeling conditions.

View of a long stretch of beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

South Shore Kaua‘i Beaches

Some of Kaua‘i’s best beaches are found on the south side. They’re blanketed in fine white sand and range from popular and crowded to secluded and hardly visited. All provide a selection of coveted Hawaii activities, such as snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and sunbathing.

A woman rests on a park bench in the sand at Kailua beach.

Beaches Near Kailua, O‘ahu

The beaches near Kailua, O‘ahu each have their own big draw; one is the place to go for fun in the water, another for excellent kayaking, and still another for finding your own small stretch of sand. Whenever you seek solitude, however, be prepared to go without the convenience of park facilities and easy accessibility.

A sea turtle on the beach at Laniakea.

Best Beaches of North Shore O‘ahu

Beaches on O‘ahu’s north shore offer a wealth of opportunities for all the favorite beach activities. You’ll find excellent spots for swimming and snorkeling, waves suitable for both novice and experienced surfers, plenty of sand to stretch out on for a relaxing day, and of course, turtle-watching.

Waves wash up on the black sand of the beach at Wai‘anapanapa state park in Maui.

Maui’s Wa‘ianapanapa State Park and Black Sand Beach

East Maui’s rugged Wa‘ianapanapa State Park is often known as “black sand beach” for the black sands of Pa‘iloa Beach. The two other main draws here are an excellent coastal hike with a popular stop to see the blowhole that erupts on days with large surf, and the system of freshwater caves hidden in a grotto not far from the parking area.

The yellow sand of Polihua Beach on Lanai.

Lana‘i’s Best Beaches

Unless you have a four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle, Lana‘i only has one accessible beach. If, however, you happen to procure a Jeep or a local’s truck, there are a number of undeveloped beaches where you could run around naked and there would be no one there to care. And now that you want to visit them, here’s how.

A tall narrow waterfall cascades down through the bamboo forest in Maui.

Best Hikes of the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii’s majestic mountains and forests hold verdant treasures that can only be seen by foot. There are a rich diversity of trails, from shaded valleys leading to waterfalls to ridges overlooking coastline and valleys with views of neighbor islands.

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