Picture a powdery-white beach that stretches along the shore, a beach where gentle ocean conditions prevail year-round and obliging trade winds pump steam into windsurfers’ sails. This is KAILUA BEACH, recognized as one of the nation’s top beaches and a consistent favorite among lifeguards, coastal researchers, visitors and locals alike. In fact, it was named 2019’s Top Beach in the United States by Dr. Beach.
The reef and typically reliable ocean conditions allow for safe kayaking, with many people opting to paddle Kailua Beach’s calm waters to the nearby MOKULUA ISLANDS, a noted bird sanctuary.
One of the best ways to enjoy the waters off Kailua Beach is by kayak. TWOGOOD KAYAKS offers an array of rental kayaks for any skill level. Not sure what to do? Sign up for a guided kayak tour that treats guests to stories and facts about the area’s surroundings as well as a visit to nearby islets. Already familiar with kayaks? Twogood Kayaks also offers a self-guided kayak tour that allows you to explore at your own pace. Transportation, snorkel gear, drybags, a picnic lunch of your choice and round-trip transportation from Waikīkī are included in both tours. And, while “kayak” is part of its name, the company, that’s been in business for 38 years now, also offers other rentals including: SUP, surfskis, bodyboards, snorkel gear and bikes.
Shops in the area, including those located at KAILUA BEACH CENTER, offer up all you’ll need to enjoy a full day at this white-sand beach.
Kailua Beach is a short drive from Waikīkī, just over the Ko‘olau Mountains. Situated on the island’s east shore, the beach is located in Kailua, a community of fewer than 40,000 people that attracts some 15,000 visitors per year, including former President Barack Obama and the first family, who have spent Christmas vacations in Kailua since 2008.
Just a short drive from Kailua, you’ll find the breathtakingly beautiful WAIMĀNALO BEACH PARK . Here you’ll find 3 miles of sloping, white sands, turquoise seas and plenty of shade. The lifeguarded beach park has restrooms, showers, picnic tables and a pavilion. The beach also is noted for good bodyboarding, as waves are not too high and break close to shore. Bring a beach barbecue, chair and tent, and camp out all day!
KALAPAWAI MARKET 808-262-4359
KALAPAWAI CAFE 808-262-3354
TWOGOOD KAYAKS 808-262-5656