Oahu Beach Guide


A listing of all Oahu Beaches can be found on these pages. Check for the Oahu Beach that will be perfect for you!

It's a good thing you're going to the beach on Oahu! Not only does Oahu have some of the most beautiful beaches in the state, have some of the best snorkeling to be seen in the state, have some of the best surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddling locations in the state and some of the largest waves for you to watch in the state, but Oahu beaches have more lifeguard locations and more lifeguards all toll than any other island in the State of Hawaii.

Lifeguarded Beaches on Oahu are the Safest

Lifeguarded Beaches on Oahu are the Safest

The fact that Oahu beaches have more lifeguard locations and more lifeguards than any other island really provides the "tipping point" of the argument that can be made that Oahu beaches are a superior place for visitors to enjoy as compared to other Hawaiian islands. Every island has beaches that can be dangerous and Oahu is no different. Sandy Beach for instance is famous for having the highest rate of broken backs and broken necks in the United States. Certainly the giant surf that rolls in on many beaches in the winter months also makes for dangerous conditions. The fact that gives Oahu an edge is that a much larger percentage of lifeguards are present on Oahu than on other islands.

Oahu Has Beautiful Beaches

Oahu Has Beautiful Beaches

Now, does the fact that there are lifeguards stationed at Oahu beaches necessarily make them safer. Not automatically, no. They are a resource that you need to use however to stay safe. Yes, if you go to a beach where a lifeguard is stationed and get into trouble in the ocean, it is a great thing that a lifeguard may be there to assist you but that may or may not be good enough to keep you out of harm's way. What will keep you out of trouble however is to only attend beaches that have lifeguards on duty and to only go into the water after you ask a lifeguard if it is safe to enter on the day you are there and where you should swim and what you should avoid. This is where Oahu has the advantage; it has the resources to keep you safe if you use them. This is why we strongly suggest that you only make use of Oahu beaches that are guarded, and that you always ask the lifeguard first if it is a good day for you to swim and if there are any dangerous conditions you should be aware of. We have provided Oahu beaches in the beach guide that are not guarded because we know that many will want that information, but we highly suggest, as do the Oahu lifeguards, that you will be safest if you use the guarded beaches.

Use This Oahu Beach Guide to find the Perfect Beach for You

In this Oahu Beach Guide we have provided information about some of nicest beaches on the island. Because there are so many beaches to choose from it is often difficult to know where to go and how to get there. Our attempt here has been to make the decisions a bit easier for you to make by providing you with the information you will need. Your beach options on Oahu are greater than you may have initially thought. If you review the beaches on the right hand side of this page before getting into the water you'll be better prepared to have the best ocean experiences that Oahu has to offer. Have a great day at the beach!

Oahu Beach Map




Hawaii Beach Guide (Sorted by Island)

The Big Island often gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to beaches. Yes, it is true that it is the newest of the Hawaiian islands and as a result it has not had enough geological time pass by to jump-start the laws of physics and allow nature to work its magic on creating the type of amazing beaches that can often be found on other islands of the Hawaiian chain.

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Tom Barefoot's Tours has compiled the most comprehensive Hawaii Beach Guide on the web. Our comprehensive beach guide contains information, pictures and directions to all of Hawaii's best beaches.

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A listing of all Kauai Beaches can be found on these pages. Check for the beach that will be perfect for you! First things first. Kauai beaches are dangerous! Yes, of course beaches in Kauai are among the very most beautiful beaches on the planet, but they are dangerous.

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The shoreline of Maui is truly one of the island's greatest treasures. Whether you're looking to go for a snorkel, catch some waves, or simply spend some time relaxing on the beach the Tom Barefoot's Online Hawaii Guidebook will provide you with the information you need to decide where the best place is to find exactly the experience you're looking for.

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Oahu Beaches

Ala Moana Beach Park is located equidistant between Honolulu and Waikiki and consists of a large park and two beaches, Ala Moana Beach and Magic Island.

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Bellows Beach is one of the best beaches to be found along Oahu's south eastern shores. It is not particularly wide but it is very long and the quality of sand, although somewhat rougher, is comparable in color and cleanliness to beaches like Lani Kai.

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There is no question that Hanauma Bay is an excellent place to snorkel. Unfortunately it, unlike any other snorkeling spot in the State of Hawaii, costs money for an admission charge and costs money for a parking fee.

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Hukilau Beach in Laie on the north-eastern coastline of Oahu is a beach that in an odd way provides a tribute to the multicultural nature of the island of Oahu.

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One of the few beaches that has the look and feel of old Oahu is Kahana Beach on Oahu's windward coastline. The fact that this beach is located in a section of the island that is normally simply a gateway for island visitors to pass by on their way to visit what are presumably more spectacular attractions is the saving grace of Kahana Beach Park.

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Without question, the most popular beach on the windward side of Oahu is Kailua Beach, and with good reason. This large expanse of white sand beach is simply "drop-dead" gorgeous and is the perfect location for water sports and beach activities.

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The Ko'Olina Resort area located on Oahu's west-facing coast boasts a total of four almost identical looking, side-by-side man-made lagoons. If you're an ocean purist and like your beaches created by the hand of nature, you're out of luck at these beaches.

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Kualoa Beach Park is both a beach and a park with perhaps a heavier emphasis on being a park. The beach itself is extremely narrow having eroded over the years but the grass portion of the park is extremely wide.

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Lanikai is a delightful and secluded "bedroom community" isolated from the windward town of Kailua by a ridge that allows access to the coastal homes only through one entry point.

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Makapu'u Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches to be found on Oahu. It is located at the very eastern tip of the island at the base of tremendous sea cliffs providing a spectacular back drop.

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You know it's a big wave when the sand you're sitting on at the beach shakes like an earthquake when the waves pound the shoreline. Welcome to the "Bonzai Pipeline" at famous Ehukai Beach on Oahu's North Shore.

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Forgive me for this but the following descriptions regarding Sandy Beach on the south shore of Oahu may to seem a bit more like a "rant" than a description of a beach.

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Sans Souci Beach is a small but beautiful beach with a big history. This lovely white sand beach is in Kapiolani Park just about a fifteen-minute walk from Waikiki.

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Shark's Cove on the North Shore of Oahu is not really a beach, but rather a snorkel and diving spot; and what a snorkel spot it is! This small cove is ringed in rocks and coral providing very little in the way of sand to lay out on, but if you are looking for a great place to snorkel, Shark's Cove is, at many times of the year, an excellent option.

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The most famous coastline for big wave surfing in the world is the 7 mile stretch of beaches and intermittent rocky shore known as the "North Shore" of Oahu.

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Waikiki Beach is certainly the most famous beach in all of Hawaii and is a probable contender for the most well known beach in the world. This of course, was the beach where it all started regarding tourism in Hawaii.

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Waimea Bay on Oahu's famed North Shore is home, in the winter time, to a wave that is so large that no one had successfully surfed it until the late 1950's.

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Yokohama Bay is the large stretch of beautiful white sand that extends up to the Kaena Point area of western Oahu. Yokohama Bay is truly amazingly beautiful.

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