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Lanikai Beach

More than living up to its name (in Hawaiian, Lanikai translates as "heavenly sea") Lanikai Beach in Kailua, consistently shores up as one of the best beaches in the world. With its white sand and gentle, turquoise waters, Lanikai Beach on O‘ahu's Windward side measures up - wave for wave - against the images that guests imagine and travel books the world over depict, as the quintessential Hawai‘i beach experience.

If you float by mid-week, Lanikai Beach is traditionally less crowded by the throngs of kama‘aina (local residents) and visitors who crowd the shoreline toe-to-towel during the weekends and peak summer months. For those who lose track of time, Lanikai also just happens to be the perfect place to stay to catch the moonrise over the Mokuluas.

While the beach itself is public property, because Lanikai Beach isn't considered state or county land there are no lifeguards, restrooms or showers. So make sure to stay safe and plan your restroom needs in advance.


Know Before You Go

• Float by mid-week when Lanikai Beach is typically less crowded with local residents and visitors.
• Hightail it over during low tide. At high tide the water level rises above the shoreline in some spots, leaving less space for sunbathing.

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