Hawaii November 02, 2019
8 Lagoons Nestled Along The Hawaiian Coast Perfect For Year-Round Fun
With approximately 750 miles of stunning coastline, the Hawaiian Islands are easily home to some of the greatest beaches in the world, including several amazing stretches of fine, pristine, white sand that look as though they are straight from the pages of your favorite Travel magazine. And while winter brings massive surf to the northern shores of the islands, these picture-perfect — and protected — lagoons, coves, and bays nestled along the coast are ideal for making a splash year-round.
1. Ko Olina Lagoons
You won’t find many man-made water bodies across the Hawaiian Islands, but these four man-made lagoons nestled along the coast are the exception. Made with sand imported from Lanai, the four lagoons — Hanu, Naia, Kolola, and Ulua — are protected from high surf by large rock barriers, making the water safe to swim in year-round. The Ko Olina Lagoons are a favorite among families with young children and if you haven’t been lately, it’s about time for a visit.
2. Poipu Beach Park
Approximately 1,000 feet long and 50 feet wide, this popular beach on Kauai’s southern shore is known for the small boulder breakwater that creates a protected pool-like area perfect for small children. Outside this swimming area are ideal wave conditions for surfers and bodyboarders. Baby beach, in particular, is the best place for keiki to make a splash.
3. Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon
Nestled on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village — but still open to the public, of course — is the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, a shallow, man-made wading pool that’s perfect for keiki and anyone who loves calm waters. Named after our favorite famous surfer and Olympic swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, this picturesque lagoon features fine white sand and some of the clearest, turquoise waters on the island.
4. Spencer Beach Park
Nestled along the Kohala Coast just a half-hour north of Kona International Airport is Spencer Beach Park. As one of the northernmost white-sand beaches on Hawaii Island, the smooth, soft sand of Spencer Beach offers a comfortable respite from the often rocky beaches found across the island. Well-protected by an offshore reef, which allows for calm water perfect for swimming and snorkeling most days, Spencer Beach Park is especially popular amongst local families with small children.
5. Lydgate State Park Lagoons
Nestled on the eastern coast of Kauai, Lydgate State Park is home to breathtaking natural beauty and is the perfect place to get away from it all — for just an afternoon or an entire weekend. This spot is one of the most popular on Kauai’s eastern shore and it’s easy to see why as soon as you arrive. Not only is the surrounding landscape gorgeous, but you will discover a one-of-a-kind lagoon along the shore divided into an inner and outer section by two man-made rock walls.
6. Pokai Bay
Located on Oahu’s leeward coast between Waianae and Makaha is this beautiful stretch of pristine, white sand perfect for your next beach day. Pokai Bay is the most protected by on the leeward coast and features calm, crystalline waters year-round. Protected by a breakwater that blocks high surf from entering the bay, Pokai Bay is an idyllic swimming beach and is popular among local families and novice surfers.
7. Kiholo Bay
Found along Hawaii Island’s North Kona Coast is the Kiholo State Park Reserve, a striking slice of paradise just waiting to be discovered. Featuring a series of glistening turquoise tidepools inside of a protected bay, Kiholo Bay might just become your new favorite destination. At approximately two miles long, this is one of the Aloha State’s longest bays. It is also one of Hawaii’s most secluded and beautiful spots as well.
8. Magic Island Lagoon
Nestled between Ala Moana Beach Park and the Ala Wai Boat Harbor, Magic Island Beach Park is easily one of Oahu’s most overlooked beaches. You see, tourists flock to nearby Waikiki, and most locals opt for beaches across the islands. But Magic Island is exactly what its name describes: a magical slice of island paradise the entire family will love no matter what time of year it is.
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