Hawaii is definitely what comes to mind when thinking of an island paradise—and with Hawaii having eight beautiful main islands and island clusters, islands, that’s absolutely correct.
Hawaii has one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world with four of the five major climate zones found on the planet, which provides healthy and colorful sea life for locals and visitors alike to witness. It definitely has the crown of the best beaches in the country—if not, the world. Check out these awesome beaches, if ever you’re in the “Aloha State.”
Papaohaku Beach, Molokai
Molokai is far less crowded than Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, giving you more chance to having the beach all to yourself! Papaohaku is located in Molokai’s western end and boasts a 3 mile shoreline. It is one of the largest stretches of white sand in Hawaii. With crystal clear blue waters, an almost empty beach and Oahu seen at a distance, Papaohaku is the perfect place for dates or soul searching. There isn’t much development around so the beach is left highly untouched and clean.
Wailea Beach, Maui
Wailea Beach is a great place for swimming and snorkeling on Maui. With black lava points on either side of the beach, it makes for colorful sea life. It also has a great view from the shore, with the islands of Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini clearly visible in the distance. It’s a great place to get together, sunbathe, or even have a picnic. The sunsets are surreal and in the winter, people can spot humpback whales offshore! Incredible!
Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Probably Hawaii’s most famous beach—Waikiki Beach still hasn’t lost its appeal. This two-mile long stretch of white sand welcomes more than 4 million visitors every year. It’s also not uncommon to spot celebrities flocking in and enjoying the beach like everyone else. Waikiki Beach is a highly developed beach so there are many places where one can purchase snacks and drinks. After indulging in some Mai Tais, relax on the beach while awaiting the sunset. Waikiki Beach is also an ideal place to learn to surf due to its consistent wave breaks and shallow waters.
Hulopoe Beach, Lanai
Hulopoe Beach is the most famous beach on Lanai. It offers great swimming and snorkeling conditions since it is well conserved and protected. The eastern side of the bay has several large volcanic rock tide pools that can be filled with colorful sea life (also accessible to beach goers when it is low tide). It is in Hulapoe Beach where you can probably spot spinner dolphins playing in the water as well as Humpback Whales in the winter time. The beach boasts golden sand accompanied by beautiful golden sunsets.