Hawaii might be considered the capital of paradise! Yes, in opinions of many around the world, the perception of the Hawaiian Islands is ‘paradise.’ And one of the reasons this romance with Hawaii is such, is because of its beaches. So, after numerous times on the island and having family reside here, I put together this top 5 best beaches in Oahu, Hawaii and compare them.
Best Beaches in Oahu
The number of beautiful spots to see and amazing activities to do in Oahu, Hawaii is endless. And you may have a difficult time deciding what fun adventures to do while you are here. One of the most common things to do is head to the beach. And it is to no surprise, that Hawaii offers some of the best beaches in Oahu.
Geography of the Island of Oahu
Now, depending upon what your desired beach experience is, I created this list of most spectacular Oahu beaches and illustrate that there is something for everyone. To begin, you might consider the geography of the island first. The windward side offers some lesser populated beaches, but you must be prepared for trade winds. These powerful winds can blow 15-30 MPH, in some areas; access to the beach may be closed for safety.
Then there is the Wai’anae area which offers stunning coastline and a pathway to Ka’ena Point State Park. There can be more crowds at some of these beaches especially nearby Wai’anae towns. North Shore is of course the hot spot during winter season and can be exciting with big waves and surfers putting on a show. But these beaches can also be quite windy on certain wintertime days.
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You will find quieter calmer waters on the leeward side. Here are Waikiki, Ala Moana and Hanauma Bay of which you’ll experience less wind but bigger crowds. So, now let’s find what beach might tickle your fancy while visiting the Hawaiian Islands.
Best Beaches For Beachcombing and More In Oahu
Hanauma Bay: One of the best spots for snorkeling is at Hanauma Bay. It is considered the snorkel haven of the island. This spot is not a hidden secret; you can expect crowds here because the area is filled with fish. The water is not what you think. There is a murky cloudy look and take notice that the coral has been damaged over time also. The area is positioned perfectly in that it is protected from the wraths of the ocean.
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Post Card Perfect Hawaii Beaches
Lanikai Beach: Oh the tropical scenic look of this beach is probably been on every postcard. It offers areas for snorkeling and beauty that is a feast for the eyes. Sadly, over the years the real estate surrounding the beach had been sold. Those landowners built seawalls to their property. However, this is the very thing that brings on erosion that of which we work to prevent. Now, a beach that was once one mile long is now less than half of that. Parking can be an extreme challenge in this area, so be aware.
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Beach rentals at Lanikai Beach
Quaint gem cottage in Lanikai
Kailua Beach Park: Here is another luscious look of a picture perfect tropical paradise. Considered one of the best beaches on the island of Oahu, it is good for body surfing and swimming. The opportunity to take a kayak out in this area is good also. You can rent kayaks on site at this beach park.
Bellows Beach: The best secluded beach on Oahu. This beach is located on Bellows Air Force base and only opens to the public Friday-Sunday. Over the past several years we have been coming here, Bellows has been our main spot to recreate at the beach.
It’s great for boogie boarding, swimming, and relaxing on the sand. However, many changes have occurred in recent years. The thing that makes it unique is its beautiful ironwood trees lining the beach coastline.
But these trees have slowly been disappearing. Many of the trees have been removed due to safety risks to power lines, buildings, and people; they claim. In my opinion, these trees really added a unique and underdeveloped feel to this particular beach area.
Did You Know? The first Japanese prisoner landed here on a reef in a mini submarine during WWII. The officer staggered along the shoreline here.
Best Beachcombing on the North Shore Oahu
Log Cabins: Its magnificence will captivate you with its wide open sandy beach and massive waves and shore break. The spots are marked with caution about no swimming in these areas due to dangerous shore break. This is why the beach here is great for beachcombing for shells and other sea treasures.
Log Cabins area is sort of a low key hidden secret and is not a heavily used beach area. Of course, the nearby beaches can be more populated such as Pupukea Beach Park. This recreational beach area consists of Shark’s Cove and Three Tables.
Lodging around North Shore Oahu Hawaii
North Shore Beach exclusive places to stay.
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Shelling on Hawaii’s Best Beaches
One could argue which beaches are the best and most beautiful on Oahu, Hawaii. This is because there are plenty of them. Just as well, the list activities to do at the beach can go on and on.
Shelling can be a bit of a challenge, because there are not very many shells to be found on Hawaii’s beaches. One of the rarest shells, however, can be found only in Hawaii. The Sunrise shell has a reputation for its beauty as well as its cultural history.
The Sunrise shells were worn by Hawaiian royalty and are extremely rare to find. These shells were once thought to hold power and protection to those who wore them. The characteristic of the shell is similar to and are part of the scallop family, known as Langford’s Pecten. Deep sea divers will search for them in deeper waters. They are quite valuable and people will pay top dollar for them.
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Hawaii is the Ultimate Paradise for Beach Goers
Adventures in Hawaii can be exhilarating and enlightening. The beaches in Hawaii are a natural part of those adventures. So, whether it is simply a lazy day on the sand watching the sunset or seeking sea treasures and shells; spending time at the beach will help you feel calm, cool and relaxed. It’s a great way to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. And that’s what paradise is all about!