From the black sand beaches on the Big Island and Maui’s remarkable and remote red sand beach to pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters on Oahu and Kauai, The Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the country — and perhaps even the world. With approximately 750 miles of coastline, the Aloha State is home to countless incredible beaches, and these 22 stunning stretches of sand are some of the absolute best. Ready to add to your Hawaii beaches bucket list? Read on.
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Now, obviously, this isn’t a comprehensive list, but I think we’re off to a pretty great start. Which Hawaii beaches would you add to this list? What are your favorite Hawaiian beaches? Share your favorites in the comments.
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The OIYS Visitor Center
October 12, 2020
How many beaches are there in Hawaii?
The Hawaiian Islands are home to 750 miles of stunning coastline — putting the island state behind Alaska, Florida, and California when it comes to coastline length. And while we're not sure of the exact number of beaches, Hawaii is home to hundreds of phenomenal beaches just waiting to be explored. On Oahu alone, you will find more than 125 beaches dotting the coastline. It would take a lifetime of exploring to visit every single beach in Hawaii, but it’s certainly one of our main life goals.
What are the most remote beaches in Hawaii?
While it’s easy to argue that the smaller Hawaiian Islands are home to the state’s most remote beaches, you’ll find secluded stretches of sand across the state — including beaches like Mokuleia, an end-of-the-road destination on the island of Oahu known for its prominent role on the television series Lost as well as beaches like Kalalau, which is a small stretch of sand nestled along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast that is only accessible via boat or an epic and dangerous 11-mile hiking trail. They may be secluded but they are some of the best beaches in Hawaii!
What are the most popular beaches in Hawaii?
The most popular stretches of sand in Hawaii often front the state’s best resort communities, including Waikiki on Oahu, Poipu on Kauai, and Ka’anapali on Maui. While these beaches are popular for their proximity to some of the most sought-after tourist destinations, they are also mighty gorgeous in their own way with fine, white sand, crystalline, turquoise waters, and palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze. These are some of the most popular but you may be wondering which Hawaii beaches are the best - and "What are the best beaches near me?" - all of the islands have amazing beaches, and part of what makes them fantastic is that you're never far from a beach in the Aloha State!
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With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.