Exploring the Hawaiian Beaches

No matter where you go in the islands, you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. While it is hard to choose only 10 beaches, you will find some of those listed below some of the most inviting and fun beaches in the world:

    •  Of course, the most famous of the Hawaiian beaches has to be Waikiki Beach in the heart of the Honolulu resort area. Starting in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki Beach extends for a .7 of a mile stretch to where the sand beach ends in front of Kapiolani Park. Sheltered and mild, this beach is always filled with happy , sun-tan lotioned  beach-goers and offers every possible water sport you could imagine except snorkeling. Since the ocean bottom is fairly sandy with occasional lava rocks, snorkeling is best done from other beach locations. While crowded and commercial, Waikiki Beach s definitely a must on every tourist’s list of top Hawaiian visitor spots.
    • Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai is another great beach pick in the islands. Consisting of several beach parks and lush waterfalls and tropical foliage, this bay is a great place to see the Hawaiian Monk seal. Although this beach can be rough and dangerous in winter due to rip-tides and high surf, it often is the perfect place to snorkel or go surfing. Kite surfing is also a common activity in this part of Kauai.
    • A not-to-be-missed beach on the Big Island of Hawaii is Honaunau Bay. Located near the Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park and historic refuge spot, you can often see huge Hawaiian sea turtles basking in the gentle waters of the bay. Take in a bit of history, see the marine life and snorkel in this great beach location.
    • After Waikiki Beach, the second most famous beach in the islands is probably Kaanapali Beach in Maui. Also known as Black Rock Beach, this stretch of Maui coastline contains many of the major Maui resorts. On good days, you may also see Manta Rays looking for plankton in warm seas off the coast here as well.
    • One of the more unique beaches is Punalu’u Beach, the black sand beach on the southern part of the Big Island. This beach, ground fine over the years from volcanic deposits sits in a sheltered bay. During the winter months, the seas may be a bit rough on this end of the island and the wind may blow pretty strongly here but the beach is well worth a look and offers easy access to the road.
    • The northern beaches on Oahu such as Waimeia Bay offer some interesting scenery and perhaps some good swimming when the seas are calm during the summer months. Be prepared though for some high action in this area during winter months as it is also home to surfer’s dream, the famous Bonzai Pipeline, where waves can reach 30 feet or more.
    • If a trip to Lanai is on your travel plans, a visit to lovely Manele Bay, located in front of the Four Season’s Hotel is a must. Warm sands and gentle breezes are common in this area of the Pineapple Island.
    • Hookipa Beach on the north shore of Maui is a great location to either watch or if you are an expert, participate in Windsurfing. This beach can be rough so it is not for people new to windsurfing but it is definitely the spot to see experts in action if that is your interest.
    • Another good swimming beach where the waters are generally calm and the sands soft is Poipu Beach on the south shore of Kauai. A large sandbar protects the shoreline and keeps the waves more gentle than on many island beaches. The area also offers good snorkeling as well as nice park facilities.
    • One of the favorite beaches of Big Island residents is Hapuna Beach State Park. Located along the north Kohala coast, the gentle slope of the sandbar makes this island beach a favorite for locales and their guests. The park offers picnic facilities and beach facilities. Although it can sometimes be rough in winter months, in summer months, it is often crowded and busy. Be aware that there is a fee for entering this park.

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