The Hawaiian Islands are world famous for their crystalline, turquoise waters and pristine white sand beaches – and while there are too many beaches to name that share these features, there is one particular coastline that trumps all others. Oahu’s windward coast – specifically the 10-mile stretch from the Marine Corps Base Kaneohe to Makapu’u Beach Park – is home to the most brilliant blue waters, sure to make your next beach day unforgettable. From north to south, here are the eight incredible beaches that make up this breathtaking stretch of Hawaiian coastline.
1. Kalama Beach
First up in the striking Kailua Bay, we've got the lesser-known Kalama Beach, a beautiful slice of heaven with fine sand and incredible waters that is popular among windsurfers, as well as body boarders.
2. Kailua Beach
With powder-soft white sand, magnificent turquoise water and swaying palm trees, Kailua Beach is a photographer’s paradise – if you can catch the beach during a low-traffic period, that is. The water is relatively shallow, and is perfect for enjoying a lazy day at the beach.
3. Lanikai Beach
According to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice best beaches, Lanikai is the 8th best beach - in the entire world. We're not surprised, though - with striking blue waters, the finest sand you'll find in Hawaii, and two beautiful offshore islands, Lanikai is truly paradise.
4. Bellows Field Beach Park
Often considered to be one of the best beaches on Oahu, Bellows features crystal blue water and fine, white sand. The beach is split into two sections: the military side, and the public side. The public side of the beach is only open on the weekends, since military training is common during the week.
5. Sherwoods Beach
Nestled in between the famous Bellows Waimanalo and Bellows is this picturesque stretch of sand - in fact, you might not even realize that you're at a different beach. This beach isn't usually visited by tourists, and it's the perfect destination for a Saturday spent at the beach.
6. Waimanalo Beach
With three miles of sloping white sand and the seemingly endless azure sea, Waimanalo Beach is an award-winning beach; the famous spot was named the best beach in America for 2015 by Dr. Beach. Hundreds of ironwood trees provide much-needed relief from the sun, and the beach’s picnic tables and grills make Waimanalo a destination for weekend barbecues.
7. Kaupo Beach
Home to the famous - and picturesque - Makai Research Pier is Kaupo Beach. Swimming off this small stretch of sand can be difficult since the ocean floor is quite rocky, but we guarantee that you won't regret a trip to the stunning pier. Don't forget to take a photograph while you're there!
8. Makapu'u Beach
This small stretch of sand located near Oahu's southeastern point is backed by sea cliffs, and provides stunning views of Rabbit Island. But be warned - rip currents and a dangerous shore break make this a destination better suited for body boarders and body surfers.