Maniniowali Beach, Big Island
Head to the Big Island and you’ll find Maniniowali beach. With its fine white sand and crystal clear water- it’s Hawaii’s tribute to the Caribbean beach. Swimming and boogie boarding conditions are excellent. Abundant fish and coral make for superb snorkelling and the wide beach is just right for frolicking and sunbathing. This is simply a beautiful beach that sums up Hawaiian life.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu
On Oahu you can’t go past Waikiki beach. Honolulu’s most popular beach stretches about 1.5 miles long and divided into several sections - connected by boardwalk. Once a playground for Hawaiian Royalty, Waikiki beach offers superb swimming and great surfing year round as well as several other fun tourist activities.
Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Considered by many locals to be the best swimming beach in Hawaii, Lanikai’s clear waters, clean, wide beach, and swaying coconut palms also make it a photographer’s dream. A mile-long stretch of powdered-sugar sand is perfect for sunbathing. Sparkling turquoise waters sheltered by a wide, protective offshore reef provide ideal swimming conditions. Other popular activities on Lanikai include kayaking, outrigger canoeing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing. With the twin Mokulua Islands in the distance (one called the "Chinaman's Hat" due to its profile), Lanikai Beach truly lives up to its translated name of "heavenly sea."
Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Kaanapali Beach is one of Hawaii’s most energetic, charismatic, and active beaches. The surrounding Kaanapali Resort and the many hotels that sit along its shores define the beach’s vibe. At the north end of the beach lies Black Rock offering great snorkelling. For some reason, this beach has many different names (among them Keka‘a Beach, Canoe Beach, Dig Me Beach). Whatever you call it, Kaanapali Beach in West Maui is a watersport lover’s paradise. Virtually every type of ocean recreation is available. Snorkelling and scuba diving are outstanding. The Black Rock is a large lava rock that divides the beach.
Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai
Lovely Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore may be the most beautiful beach setting in all of Hawaii. Hanalei is the largest bay on the island of Kauai and nearly a perfect semi-circle of white sand. Behind the beach is an utterly breathtaking backdrop of waterfalls and emerald mountain peaks wrapped in mist, soaring thousands of feet towards the heavens. The beach is two miles long, 125 feet wide, and bordered by the Hanalei River to the east and the Waipa River to the west. The ocean bottom slopes gently to overhead depths, and there are large coral reefs at both ends of the bay. Every ocean recreation activity you can imagine is available, from boating and windsurfing to kayaking up the placid Hanalei River. The bay is very popular with serious surfers. There is a public boat ramp and a 300-foot long pier used for fishing and swimming.