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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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