Want to know about the most breathtaking beaches on the island of Oahu? These are the best beaches on Oahu that you simply cannot miss out on.
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Travelling to Oahu is extremely exciting, I mean, it is basically heaven on Earth. Oahu has so much to offer from its jungle side to its long white sand beaches. As someone who has travelled to Oahu twice, I am giving you the absolute best beaches on Oahu that you would be crazy not to visit.
You are going to learn about all of the best beaches on Oahu from secluded beaches, beaches that are good for snorkeling, small beach coves, touristy beaches, and more.
After learning about each of these beaches, you are going to be extra prepared to have the best trip ever. You don't have to worry about missing out on some of the best beach spots on Oahu.
This post is all about the best Oahu beaches that you absolutely need to add to your itinerary.
Best Oahu Beaches
1. Waimānalo Beach
Address: Waimanalo Beach, HI
This is the #1 beach on Oahu that you must visit. If you are someone who appreciates a more quiet beach that not many tourists know about, then you definitely need to add this one to your itinerary.
Waimānalo Beach is a long white sand beach that is surrounded by stunning views of the mountains. I would consider this beach more of a "hidden gem" that is perfect for relaxing at.
2. Sunset Beach
Address: Sunset Beach Park, Pupukea, HI 96712
Oh Sunset Beach, I love you. I recommend visiting Sunset Beach at the end of the day to watch the sunset (shocker!). If you are travelling to Oahu during the summer months, then it is a great spot for swimming, snorkeling, or simply chilling on a beach towel.
However, if you are travelling to Oahu during the winter months, then expect large waves at this beach (it attracts many surfers during these months). If you are into surfing, then you should consider this location for winter.
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3. Makapu’u Beach Park
Makapu'u Beach Park is for those of you who enjoy bodyboarding. The strong crashing waves create perfect bodyboarding conditions.
On the left side of the beach, you will find many bodyboarders. On the right side of the beach, the water is slightly more calm, so swimming is more manageable. However, make sure to only swim at your own risk.
If you just want to chill out on the beach, that is always an option. If you find yourself on the East side of the island, then be sure to check out the gorgeous Makapu'u Beach Park.
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4. Kailua Beach Park
Address: Kailua Beach, Kailua, HI 96734
Kailua Beach is one of the most popular beaches among tourists on the island of Oahu. This two mile long, white sand beach park is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, cooking out, beach volleyball, and picnicking.
This beach is definitely on the more crowded side, but that just shows you that this is an absolutely breathtaking location that many others like you want to enjoy.
It is also the launch site for Kailua Beach Adventures – Kayaking, which is a highly recommended activity to do.
5. Shark's Cove
Address: Sharks Cove, Pupukea, HI 96712
This isn't your "typical" beach. But, if you are someone who enjoys snorkeling or wants to try snorkeling, then you need to make a stop at Shark's Cove. And, like always, if you want to just chill out on the beach and catch a tan, go for it!
WARNING: The rocks are VERY sharp, so if you plan on snorkeling or going in the water you need to have water shoes on.
I recommend going to Shark's Cove to explore, then heading to Sunset Beach to end the day since they are very close to each other.
6. Halona Beach Cove
Address: Halona Beach Cove, HI 96825
Halona Beach Cove is somewhat unknown to many tourists. It is a dreamy, small cove with crystal blue water that is surrounded by rock ledges.
The movies “From Here To Eternity” and “The Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides” was filmed at this location.
When we visited this cove, the water was fairly calm, so we did swim (with extreme caution), but once again there are no lifeguards and rough waters can make it dangerous.
7. Waikiki Beach
Address: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI 96815
Waikiki beach is as “touristy” as it gets. This beach is located in Honolulu and is surrounded by many hotels. Waikiki beach is beautiful, but I must warn you it is very crowded. If you are staying in one of the hotels on Waikiki beach, then you will enjoy the easy access to the beach, the rentable umbrellas & chairs, and the food & drinks available for purchase on the beach.
If you are someone who doesn't like the "touristy" beaches, then I would advise you to stay away from Waikiki Beach, which is what you will hear from many locals. But, it is all about your preferences. Some people love Waikiki Beach, while others want nothing to do with it.
If you are visiting Oahu for the first time and want to give surfing a try, I would recommend renting a surfboard at Waikiki beach. If you have surfed before, but you are not super confident in your surfing abilities, then this is a great place to practice your skills!