Beaches of Hawaii
Hawaii is world-renowned for its beautiful beaches. The islands have every type of beach imaginable: white, black, green and red sand beaches; romantic bays and beach parks for the family; popular shorelines for people watching and off-the-beaten-path sands untouched by development. Discover Hawaii’s world-famous beaches below.
Poipu Beach, Poipu: Popular with visitors and Hawaiian monk seals, this South Shore beach was once named America's Best Beach.
Hanalei Beach Park, Hanalei: This picturesque North Shore beach is the perfect spot to share a romantic sunset.
Lydgate Beach Park, Wailua: This family friendly beach park on the Coconut Coast is one of the best spots in Kauai for first time snorkelers.
Waikiki Beach, Waikiki: One of the most popular beaches in the world, this historic gathering place is also one of the best spots in Hawaii to take a surfing lesson.
Kailua Beach, Kailua: Great Windward Coast beach for families and for outdoor activities like kayaking and snorkeling.
Papohaku Beach Park: At three miles long and one mile wide, this is one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches.
One Alii Beach Park: This favorite of Hawaiian alii (royalty), just east of Kaunakakai is a great place for a day in the sun with friends and family.
Hulopoe Beach Park: Located in Hulopoe Bay and fronting the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, this sweeping white sand shoreline was once named America’s Best Beach.
Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach): This off-the-beaten-path beach features a World War II era ship that can still be seen off the coast today.
Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali: West Maui's "signature" beach offers three miles of white sand and was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003.
Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach), Makena: With white sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long, this is one of the largest beaches in Maui.
Wailea Beach, Wailea: Named "America's Best Beach" in 1999, Wailea offers excellent swimming and had amenities including restrooms and equipment rentals.
Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona: One of the best snorkeling spots on Hawaii’s Big Island, this is also a great place to take a surfing lesson.
Spencer Beach Park, Kohala Coast: With picnic facilities, shady areas and a large sandy beach, this is one of the most popular family beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island.
Note: Heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ability level.