Just because Hawaii is surrounded by beaches doesn’t mean that every beach is created equal – each beach has its own identity, and some are clearly better than others.
1) Waimanalo Beach, Oahu
This local favorite – and award-winning – beach is nearly four miles long, and perfect for boogie boarding, or just catching some sun.
2) Honokalani Beach, Maui
Jet Black shores, brilliant waters and jungle-like foliage, Honokalani is the definition of unspoiled Hawaiian beauty.
3) Maniniowali Beach, Big Island
Also known as Kua Bay, the crystal-clear water and fine white sand appears as Hawaii’s tribute to a beach in the Caribbean.
4) Secret Beach
Though not suitable for novice swimmers, this gorgeous gem also known as Kauapea Beach, can be seen from a nearby lighthouse, and offers stunning views and great surfing in the winter.
5) Waipio Valley, Big Island
While this destination is much harder to get to, the stunning Jurassic Park-esque feel from the beach is well worth it.
6) Haunama Bay, Oahu
Formed by the flooding of a volcanic crater, Hanauma Bay is home to a diverse population of fish life, which is why it is now a marine life conservation district.
7) Poipu Beach, Kauai
Perfect for families, a boulder breakwater has made the beach a pool-like local for children to play. And beachgoers are occasionally joined by monk seals, who come up for a nap on the beach.
8) Hapuna Beach, Big Island
Skilled swimmers can snorkel down the coast to reach the beautiful Wailea Bay. When the waves pick up, the beach is also a great spot for boogie boarding.
9) Ho'Opika Beach, Maui
This beach is a hot spot for water sports and recreation of all kinds, especially windsurfing.
10) Waikiki Beach, Oahu
While the beach is often extremely crowded with tourists, Waikiki Beach is the perfect local for a stroll along the beach between shopping and dinner in the Oahu tourist destination.
11) Hanalei Beach, Kauai
The largest bay on Kauai, and a near perfect semi-circle of white sand, this two mile beach is cemented by a beautiful 300 foot pier into the water.
12) Makalawena Beach, Big Island
This beach is definitely worth the fifteen minute hike on a lava path from neighboring Kekaha Kai Beach.
13) Kapalua Bay, Maui
Thought it was once named the best beach in the United States, its increase in popularity has made it crowded in recent years – but it’s beauty is still unbelievable.
14) Polihua Beach, Lanai
Off the beaten path in Lanai is Polihua Beach, a two-mile stretch of beach across from Molokai that is frequented by Hawaii’s green sea turtles.
15) Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Particularly popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, this west Maui gem is paradise for watersport enthusiasts of all kinds.
16) Oahu's North Shore
Sunset, Waimea, and Pipeline beaches – home to major surf competitions in the winter, Oahu’s fabled North Shore offers several beaches to choose from, with summer waves perfect for boogie boarding.