With approximately 750 miles of coastline and a tropical climate, Hawaiian beaches are truly second to none. Here at Only In Hawaii, we’ve covered everything from the
the all-around best beaches and colored sand beaches to secluded spots, and secret stretches of sand. And today, we’re at it again – showing you 17 lesser-known beaches that are sure to make your summer epic.
1. Honomalino Beach, Big Island
This secluded salt and pepper beach on Hawaii Island's Kona coast is surrounded by coconut palms, and is accessible via a 20 minute walk from nearby Miloli'i Beach Park.
2. White Plains Beach, Oahu
A low-key beach near Oahu's leeward coast, White Plains offers great swimming in the winter, and some killer waves during the summer.
3. Kalihiwai Beach, Kauai
Kalihiwai is an ironwood-lined crescent shaped bay located on Kauai's northern shore. Be sure to check out the brackish pools located behind the beach near the stream - this is a perfect area for kids to wade, swim and float.
4. Poolenelena Beach, Maui
This gorgeous south Maui beach is not only a great spot for swimming - but it is also a popular beach wedding location.
5. New Kaimu Beach, Big Island
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.
6. Bellows Field Beach Park, Oahu
Often considered to be one of the best beaches on Oahu, Bellows features crystal blue water and fine, white sand. The beach is located on Bellows Air Force Station, and is only accessible to the public on weekends, since military training is common during the week.
7. Polihale Beach, Kauai
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.
8. Keawakapu Beach, Maui
This gorgeous sandy beach on the end of South Kihei Road is not only a perfect spot for morning strolls, snorkeling and swimming, but the sunsets are truly second to none.
9. Kumimi Beach Park, Molokai
Also known as Murphy's Beach, this gorgeous stretch of sand on Molokai is one of the island's most popular snorkeling spots.
10. Kamehame Beach, Big Island
Situated on Hawaii Island's southeastern coast, Kamehame Beach is one of the country's foremost nesting sites for the Hawksbill turtle and honu. The beach is an official turtle-breeding site, so the only guaranteed access is through volunteering with a turtle-monitoring program.
11. Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Oahu
Often overlooked for more popular north shore beaches, Malaekahana is an ideal spot for summer camping.
12. Moloaa Bay, Kauai
Framed by hilly dunes and free vegetation, Moloaa Bay is quite picturesque, though not always the best beach for swimming.
13. Napili Bay, Maui
This Lahaina beach is not only strikingly beautiful, but it is the perfect spot to snorkel with Hawaiian honu.
14. Polihua Beach, Lanai
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.
15. Makapu’u Beach, Oahu
This small stretch of sand located near Oahu's southeastern point provides stunning views of Rabbit Island. But be warned - the undertow here can be intense.
16. Anini Beach, Kauai
With incredible views of the coral reef that fronts Kauai's northern shore, this popular windsurfing spot is quite magnificent.
17. Kalepolepo Beach, Maui
Once the site of a historically significant fishpond, this beach is off the beaten path, and you might even have the beach to yourself!
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