The 10 Oahu Beaches You Must Visit
I decided to create a list of the 10 Oahu Beaches You Must Visit to help those who are new to the island or for those who are planning a trip to the island! Trust me, I know how hectic it can be not knowing where to go or having too many options, so I hope this post will help you in narrowing down your search for the beaches you must hit while you’re on the island!
PS: These are some of my personal favorite beaches on the island!
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Bellows (basically Waimanalo Beach) is my FAAAAVORITE beach on the island. To me, this is the most stunning beach on Oahu. I am always taken back by its beauty every time we visit Bellows. The water at Bellows is crystal clear and the sand is incredibly soft (although it does stick to everything which I hate). Bellows always has some nice waves to play in year round that aren’t too big or strong.
2. Waimea Bay
Waimea Bay is my second favorite beach on the island – during the summer months. During the summer months, Waimea Bay is like a lake practically, which I like because I’m not a huge fan of waves. There is a giant cliff here that people like to jump off of and also a little bit of snorkeling around some of the rocks as well. You may even see some sea turtles swimming around like we did one time!
3. Lani Kai Beach
Lani Kai beach is a pretty popular beach known for the Mokulua Islands. I tend to stay away from this beach on the weekends though because this beach (and Kailua in general) gets PACKED on the weekends.
4. Pipeline (Banzai) Beach
I like Pipeline because it has a ginormous beach area that is so beautiful. Plenty of room at this beach to hang out at and watch the waves during the winter months.
Yokohama (or yokes) is one of the beaches furthest west that you can go. This beach has some seriously beautiful views with the Waianae Mountain range in the back and the ocean views ahead, this beach will take your breath away.
Nanakuli is just an awesome beach for so many reasons. Chad and I stumbled across this beach last fourth of July and instantly became one of our favorites. During the summer months, this beach has some monster waves with a strong force and a quick drop off. This beach is so much fun though because the waves will bring you all the way up to the beach and pull you right back into the ocean without touching the sand (to an extent, each experience is different . . . ). But seriously, this beach is freaking awesome and beautiful! I swear where the drop off is there’s at least 8 feet between you and the ocean floor and you can see all the way to the bottom!
7. Sunset Beach
Obviously the name of this beach says it all . . . Sunset beach has some pretty awesome sunset views. Another great big beach with plenty of room. This is another stunning Oahu beach.
8. Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach has some beautiful views of the famous Diamond Head with some beautiful crystal clear water. This beach will probably be a little more crowded considering all of the resorts there but the views are still amazing!
9. LaniaKea Beach – “Turtle Beach”
Laniakea beach is on the North Shore and gets its nickname, Turtle Beach, for almost always having a sea turtle relaxing up on the shore! If you want to see some sea turtles while on Oahu I highly recommend checking out this spot – there hasn’t been a time that I’ve gone to this beach and there wasn’t a sea turtle just right there on the shore. The sea turtles are lightly roped off in order to give them some space and there are volunteers who are there to answer any questions you may have about the sea turtles, which I think is pretty cool!
10. Dillingham Beach
This is on the North Shore side of Ka’ena point. I like this beach because it’s not as busy as the other beaches but it’s still just as beautiful. People go camping at this beach and while you’re there, you can make a trip to Ka’ena point to see some monk seals!
So there you have it, my personal opinion on the 10 Oahu Beaches You Must Visit! Of course, all the beaches on Oahu are beautiful and unique in their own way, but these are some of my faves!
What are you favorite beaches on Oahu? Do you think I should add some beaches to my list? What would be your 10 Oahu beaches you must visit? Let me know by commenting below!