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Beaches on Oahu

Catamaran Beach
Waikiki Beach

Popular among tourists, you'll find beach-goers of all ages and interests flocking to the water or lounging about on the sand, Most of Hawaii’s beaches offer exciting ocean activities, and Waikiki Beach is a great introduction. Whether it's swimming, surfing, or body- and boogie-boarding, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Kaimana Beach

Kaimana Beach, also known as Sans Souci, is a local favorite for its wide expanse that offers a welcoming ocean bottom both shallow and sandy. Protected by a reef, it's also an access point for surfers, who paddle out at the popular surf spot Old Man's. The current can be strong, especially after a high tide when the water is flowing out.

Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park

Whether you’re wanting a great outdoor workout spot, a leisurely picnic in the park, or a relaxing day lazing around, the Ala Moana Beach Park is a great destination. With a little something for everyone, like swimming, paddle boarding, and sun-bathing, this large park in the heart of Honolulu is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

Waikiki Beach
Kuhio Beach

Kuhio is a great place for young and inexperienced swimmers to enjoy the warm tropical waters of Waikiki beaches. This beach also features more sand and less of the rocky coral reefs found further west along the Waikiki strand. Local vendors have a variety of water sport equipment available for rent, including surfboards, body boards and snorkeling gear.

Laniakea Beach

At Laniakea Beach, on the famed North Shore of Oahu, the most important VIPs are sea turtles. Often called “Turtle Beach”, Laniakea is your best bet for an up close and personal experience with the rare and endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, called “Honu” by locals. Get a glimpse of surfers all year round, and glorious sunsets.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

During the warm, calm summer months, Sunset Beach is a destination for anyone looking to enjoy a beautiful stretch of one of Hawaii largest beaches. Over two miles in length, Sunset Beach accommodates large numbers of visitors without ever feeling as crowded as Waikiki. Watch out for the sharp drop of the ocean bottom just offshore and a rip tide - experienced swimmers only!