Many people come to visit Hawaii only to explore the most beautiful beaches in the world. However, there are so many beaches on these islands and you might ask yourself, where should I really go?
On our private tours on Oahu we show you some of the most popular beaches on Oahu. We take you up to the North Shore of Oahu where, during surf season, some of the most popular surf contests of the world take place. We will also show you some hidden gems and secret beaches on Oahu. Check out our Custom Oahu Island Tours!
Beaches on Oahu
Hanauma beach is located on the southeast coast of Oahu and is one of the best places for snorkeling. There, you can see any kind of fish like the butterflyfish, parrotfish or the moorish fish. Hanauma Bay is a nature reserve, therefore you need to pay an admission fee of $7.50 (children up to 12 years are free of charge). Each visitor also has to watch a 15-minute video explaining the beach rules of Hanauma Bay. The bay is closed to tourists every Tuesdays in order to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption by swimmers.
Sunset Beach is a great place for surfing, especially during the winter months. Surfers from all over the world come to Sunset Beach because of its gigantic 15 to 30 foot high waves.
I would recommend this beach only for experienced surfers. However, during the summertime the waves go flat and then this beach is an amazing place for snorkeling.
The beaches of Waikiki are located in Honolulu in the southern part of Oahu which is also a great location for shopping and dining. Kalakaua Avenue is next to the beach and offers you all you need, whether you are looking for beachy fun or high-end chic. The water is great for swimming and perfect for people who just want to start surfing.
Waikiki’s nine beaches from east to west
1) Outrigger Canoe Club Beach, also known as Colony Surf Beach, located in front of the Colony Surf condo
3) Queens Beach, located immediately west of Kapahulu Groin
4) Kapiolani Beach, located on Kapahulu across from the Zoo
5) Kuhio Beach, located by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue
7) Gray’s Beach, also known as Halekulani Beach, located by the Halekulani Hotel
8) Fort Derussy Beach, located in front of Fort Derussy Beach Park
9) Kahanamoku Beach, located in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village
Beaches On Maui
As part of a marine reserve, Honolua Bay has crystal-clear water during the summer and is a great place for diving and snorkeling. However, the beach becomes a mecca for surfers during the winter season due to huge waves. The bay has only a small beach for sunbathing, people are either in or under the water at Honolua Bay.
If you think of pristine water and a sandy, golden beach, then you probably have Kaanapali beach on your mind. This approximately 4 and a half miles long beach has numerous resorts and because of its length, you usually think that only a few people are at the beach. Best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving are close to the Sheraton Hotel, a place known as “Black Rock” where you can find all kinds of exotic fish.
This beach also makes you feel like there are not too many people around you and it is suitable for all kind of water sports like snorkeling, swimming, bodyboarding, etc. However, sometimes the water for snorkeling can be a little bit too hazy. During the wintertime the waves can be very rough and if as a beginner, you should be careful in the water at this time..