Best Hawaii Beaches - A Guide with PHOTOSThe Aloha State is filled with glorious beaches beckoning Mainlanders to frolick on their shores. And while picking one single favorite would be almost impossible (and require extensive in-person research), we were able to put together a list of the best Hawaii beaches. Enjoy!
Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Poipu Beach was once named America's best beach by the Travel Channel. Peaceful tradewinds that blow offshore keep the waters calm, making it an ideal destination for both families with small children and beach goers who prefer to lounge.In addition to the long stretch of golden sand and calm waters, beach goers soaking in the scenery might be treated to a view of endangered monk seals sunbathing on shore. And as Poipu is split into two bays, those who are looking to snorkel, body board or even surf can leave the calmer waters behind and enjoy the waves.
Maniniowali Beach, the Big Island
Hanalei Bay, Kauai
The largest bay on the island of Kauai, the crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay has white sand beaches and azure blue waters. Vivid green mountains frequently wrapped in mist and large waterfalls form the picture perfect backdrop for the beautiful beach. During the summer months, the bay becomes as calm as a lake - perfect for swimmers and popular with stand up paddle boarders. In winter, the large waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Movie buffs might recognize the beach as the setting for the classic film, South Pacific.
Papohaku Beach, Molokai
With three miles of sandy shoreline, Papohaku Beach is one of Hawaii's longest beaches. About one hundred miles wide, it's the perfect place to get away from the crowds. Take a long stroll along the beach or enjoy water activities such as bodysurfing, snorkeling, body boarding, swimming or even surfing.
Kaanapali Beach, Maui
One of Maui's most-visited beaches, Kaanapali Beach was once a retreat for the royalty of Maui. Today visitors can enjoy an array of beach activities, including volleyball, surf lessons, parasailing and sailing. In addition, fans of snorkeling can enjoy the excellent snorkeling conditions near Black Rock, a large volcanic rock which divides the beach.
Hapuna Beach, the Big Island
Waikiki Beach, OahuWaikiki vacation rentals from $49/night]
Hulopoe Beach Park, Lanai
Hulopoe Beach Park offers a pristine white sand beach and clear, inviting waters. With stunningly colorful fish and crystalline and aqua waters, you'll find some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii. The small beach is at the head of Hulopoe Bay, which is part of a marine life conservation district.
Punaluu Beach, the Big IslandHawaii vacation rental on Tripping. We've got a huge selection of vacation rentals, but here are a few. [/caption] This beautifully remodeled studio is in the town of Princeville, "which features an unparalleled string of gorgeous white sandy beaches and lush green mountains plunging down to the Ocean. Hanalei Bay, Annini, and Kalihiwai beaches are 7 minutes away, and beyond them a dozen more world class beaches line this incredible coastline." $40/night [/caption] Check out Villa D'Este — Lanikai, Hawaii Beachfront Tropical Paradise ($65/night). With a description like the one below, who wouldn't want to stay there? Imagine waking in a tropical paradise with swaying palm trees and white sand beaches, where the ocean miraculously changes hues from soft teal to bright turquoise and shades of emerald. Watch the sun dance on the sea like millions of sparkling diamonds and feel the warm sand under your feet as you bathe in the beauty of all that surrounds you. [caption id="attachment_9854" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Beautiful apartment near Waikiki Beach, Oahu ($65/night)"][/caption]
Enjoy all the comforts of home in this beautiful Waikiki apartment, just a 3-minute walk to Waikiki Beach and close to the nightlife of downtown Waikiki. Wake up to a view of the mountains, the Ala Wei Canal and the picturesque valleys. If you're renting a car to explore the island, this place is perfect as it offers free parking. $65/night[/caption] Sleep 4 guests in this spectacular oceanfront home in Maui. It's less than a half hour drive from Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina. This unit is "literally right at the ocean, the view is spectacular" and you can "enjoy watching whales, dolphins and turtles from your private lanai 50 ft from the Pacific Ocean." $135/night [caption id="attachment_9859" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Lush garden condo steps from beach, Maui ($70/night)"][/caption] This lush garden view condo is just steps from Kaanapali Beach. Relax on the grassy lawn that fronts the beach, while you sit comfortably under the palm trees and gaze out at the islands of Lanai and Molokai. Step out onto the sand beach and double-reef which offers excellent snorkeling. You'll be steps away from the cabana area where you'll find picnic tables, grills surrounded by granite countertops, a swimming pool and spa. $70/night [caption id="attachment_10827" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Oneloa Beach Villa, Maui"][/caption] The Oneloa Beach Villa is one of the finest Maui villas, with a private white sand beach and a 60 foot long oceanfront infinity-edge pool. Guests who stay here will be near tennis courts, golf courses and fine dining and shopping opportunities. Relax in the oceanview jacuzzi or lounge at the poolside bar and grill. The waterfalls and lush landscaping make it a haven of tranquility. $6,500/night [/caption] This two bedroom home sleeps six. It's just 2 blocks from city restaurants, Dole Park, a world class golf course and more. "Though remodeled the home has maintained its original charm and Hawaiian style." $175/night [caption id="attachment_9858" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="Charming, beautifully restored Historic Lanai home ($193/night)"][/caption] This charming, beautifully remodeled historic Lanai home is a "renovated 'Hale Ohana,' Hawaiian for 'Family Home.' Relax on the front deck while you enjoy an island sunset, or have a BBQ in the large back yard tropical retreat with fruit trees and a view of the lush mountains." $193/night $89/night [caption id="attachment_9856" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="View from the balcony of this Molokai condo ($89/night)"][/caption] Search Tripping to see all our Hawaii vacation rentals, with reviews and ratings on listings from top vacation rental sites in one place.