O‘ahu is blessed with more than 130 golden-sand beaches that slope gently into the beckoning blue expanse of the Pacific. Find your favorite beach from the small sampling below: In WAIKIKI, you’ll find a 2-mile strand of a dozen beaches just outside your hotel doorstep. They stretch from the Ala Wai Yacht Basin to Diamond Head and include Kuhio, Sans Souci (Kaimana), Grays and Kahanamoku. Ala Moana Beach Park, just west of Waikiki, also is a favorite of local residents.
HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE, just past Hawaii Kai in East Honolulu, is known internationally as a premier snorkeling and sunbathing destination.
Back on the highway headed east, you’ll travel along a rugged, swell-splashed coastline featuring SANDY BEACH and MAKAPU‘U. Both beaches are beautiful, but sometimes treacherous.
Continue down the highway to Waimanalo, where you’ll find WAIMANALO BAY STATE RECREATIONAL AREA AND BEACH PARK, a 4-mile stretch of generally safe, always beautiful white-sand beach.
KAILUA BAY, a favorite kayaking, windsurfing and sailing location, offers three miles of sand, small shore breaks for the beginning bodysurfer, windsurfing and stand-up paddling lessons, all on a relatively not crowded beach.
Along the coast to the NORTH SHORE are several notable beach parks: Kualoa, Kahana, Hau‘ula and Malaekahana.
Once you reach North Shore, you find the renowned Sunset and Waimea Bay beaches.
During winter months, North Shore waves may reach heights of up to 50 feet. But in the summer, the swells subside and the waves are safe for swimmers.