For a group of small, closely spaced islands, Hawaii’s beaches come in a great range of possibilities. Hawaii has more than just beaches of every type of sand imaginable, waters of every shade and waves as gentle or as powerful as you would want them. Large areas of Hawaii’s beaches are untouched by development, too. If you’re looking for the most special of Hawaii’s beaches, this list has the most important ones.
1. Lanikai Beach
With its sheltered waters, the waves at Lanikai are far quieter than elsewhere in Hawaii. Clear waters, dense foliage and wide, powdered sugar sands make Lanikai one of the top spots in all of Hawaii for swimming. The beach has been often ranked among the world’s best beaches to visit. Lanikai is overcrowded on weekends, especially during the winter and summer seasons, so if you are planning to visit the beach, do it during the weekdays. Since Lanikai Beach has the two islands in the background – the Na Mokulua – it’s a perfect place for photographers.