While we love Waikiki and Kaanapali beaches as much as the next person, these popular tourist-infested beaches aren’t the best beaches to check out when you want to get away from the masses. I mean, is there anything truly relaxing about having to constantly keep an eye on the shore to make sure your stuff is still there? So, if you’re not interested in fighting tourists and locals alike for the best spot on our beautiful Hawaiian beaches, consider checking out one of these 12 stellar beaches instead.
1. 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. This Kauai beach is often referred to as Secret Beach, probably due to the steep hike to reach the massive 3,000-foot-long stretch of sand.
2. Papohaku Beach
This Molokai beach is probably the closest you will ever get to the deserted tropical island paradise you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you want to get away from the world and relax, or catch some world-class waves, Papohaku Beach seems to go on for miles.
3. Honokalani Beach
With jet-black shores, brilliant waters and jungle-like foliage, Honokalani is the definition of unspoiled Hawaiian beauty.
4. Mokuleia Beach
Located on the remote northwestern shore of Oahu, just past Haleiwa is this secluded beach. The bright blue water is almost always choppy, and green sea turtles tend to hang out on the shore during the summer.
The beach is more than 10 miles away from the nearest store or restroom, and is so secluded that it was used in filming the first season of Lost.
5. Polihale Beach
At the end of a long dirt road off Kuamuali’I Highway, Polihale is the largest stretch of sand in Hawaii and is often overlooked for more accessible Kauai beaches.
6. Halona Cove
Situated between Halona Point and the Halona Blowhole, this small rocky cove is perfectly picturesque, and has been featured in films like Pirates of the Caribbean and 50 First Dates. Despite its Hollywood fame, the only way to reach the stunning cove is via a rocky and slightly treacherous hike.
7. Waipio Valley Beach
While this Big Island beach is often seen from above at the Waipio Valley lookout, you will need to hike 1.5 miles from the parking lot down to the beach, so you can bet that you’ll be mostly alone once you arrive.
8. Secret Island
Though there are few private beaches in Hawaii, Secret Island is located on Oahu’s east shore, and the only way to (legally) visit is to book a tour through Kualoa Ranch.
9. New Kaimu Beach
This picturesque beach did not exist in its current state twenty years ago: the original Kaimu Beach was completely destroyed by lava flows in 1990. Because this mineral-rich beach is relatively new, and the larger Punalu’u is located just down the coast, this picturesque spot remains largely tourist-free.
10. Pa’ako Cove
Also known as Secret Cove, this small – but gorgeous – stretch of sand nestled between two homes in a southern Maui neighborhood. The cove is a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, but if you arrive early enough, you might have the stretch of sand to yourself.
11. Makalawena Beach
Situated on the Big Island’s western shore is this stunning white sand beach with crystal waters, sand dunes, fresh water pools, and a series of secluded coves. The beach is definitely worth the fifteen-minute hike on a lava path from neighboring Kekaha Kai Beach.
12. Polihua Beach
Though often overlooked for the larger, more populous islands, Lanai is a secret paradise full of secluded beaches. Polihua Beach feels especially hidden though, as it is located on the island’s northwestern coast and is only accessible via four-wheel drive vehicle.