Turtles on Puako Beach.

Best Beaches of South Kohala, Hawai‘i (Resort Area)

South Kohala on the Big Island is home to many great beaches, making it easy to find the perfect one a dip in the ocean or to make it a classic beach day, or even for a bit more oceanside activity before stretching out on the sand. Whatever you’re looking for in your beach day, one (or more!) of these beaches will be the perfect fit.

Maui offers downhill rides and single-track trails where even the most hard-core mountain biker can have a good time.

Mountain Biking in Maui

Many people are surprised to learn that on an island best known for its ocean activities there is decent mountain biking. Head to Waiakoa Loop Trail for an easy ride or tack on Skyline Drive’s 3,000-foot climb for a screamer of a descent. If you don’t have a day to devote to a downhill epic, there are a few places to simply work in a few hours on the trails.

The clear waters of Church Bay Bermuda.

The Best Beaches in Bermuda

Bermuda’s beaches are world-renowned for their pristine, coral-tinged beauty, and there are hundreds of them around the island. Rosemary Jones points you toward the best beaches for snorkeling, the most secluded beaches, the best beaches for the ultimate island experience, and more.

A Hawaiian monk seal enjoying Gillian's Beach.

Maha‘ulepu Beaches, Kaua‘i

For a little adventure into the outskirts of Kaua‘i’s south side, take the drive out to the Maha‘ulepu Beaches at the east end of Po‘ipu. Together, these four beaches offer the best of any beach activity you could want, including simply relaxing on the sand.

Keawakapu is one of Kihei’s most popular beaches.

South Maui Beaches: Kihei and Ma‘alaea

When it comes to beach weather in dry South Maui, the wind and clouds can greatly affect the comfort level. The morning hours are the best time to hit any beach. In the afternoon, the pocket of beaches in south Kihei and Wailea have the best chance of being sunny and calm.

Waimea Canyon offers roller coaster foothills for for experienced mountain bikers.

Biking in West Kaua‘i

Starting in the cool mountain air along the rim of Waimea Canyon at around 3,600 feet, this 11-mile ride skirts the rim and then heads down the roller coaster foothills to the coast at Kekaha. Sunrise and sunset group bike tours are offered, but of course you can always take the ride on your own.

Volcanic rocks show through the sand at Secret Beach on Kauai.

The Best Beaches in Kilauea, Kaua‘i

The north shore holds Kaua‘i’s most exotic beaches. Each one is covered in a thick blanket of white sand lining clear blue water, and many boast perfect waves for surfers. All are great for tanning and picnicking, many are wonderful for snorkeling, and a lot are ideal for surfing.

You can hike to Ka‘ena Point, the western tip of the island, from the North Shore.

North Shore O‘ahu Hiking, Biking and Bird-Watching

O‘ahu’s north shore has three trails with excellent views that range from moderate to intermediate based on conditions and difficulty, and biking is similar. Bird-watchers aren’t left out with a dedicated 164 acres of prime territory with guided tours available.

Waves crashing on the rocks at Ka‘anapali Beach.

Enjoying Ka‘anapali Beaches

The beaches in Ka‘anapali are long, wide, and lined by resorts. Much like Kapalua, however, the wind can often be a factor here in the afternoon, so it’s best to get your water activities in early before the trade winds start blowing.

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.