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Popular Oahu Beaches

Catamaran Beach
Waikiki Beach

Most popular amongst tourists, you'll find beach-goers of all ages and interests frolicking in the water or lounging about on the sand, soaking up the warm island sun. Most of Hawaii’s beaches offer a plethora of exciting activities, and Waikiki Beach is a great introduction. Most popular is swimming and surfing, body- and boogie-boarding. There are also numerous stretches of small parks and pavilions that line the beach, with plenty of space for all sorts of outdoor activities— no activity at all.

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Kaimana Beach

Kaimana Beach, also known as Sans Souci, is a wide expanse that offers a welcoming ocean bottom both shallow and sandy. Protected by a reef, it's also an access point for surfers, who paddle out at the popular surf spot Old Man's. The current can be strong, especially after a high tide when the water is flowing out. Ask the lifeguard on the beach if you're not sure about the tides and wear fins if you plan to swim further out.

Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park

Whether you’re craving a great outdoor workout spot, a leisurely picnic in the park, or just people-watch when it gets busy, the Ala Moana Beach Park is a great destination. With a little something for everyone, this large park in the heart of Honolulu is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. There are often all sorts of activities going on throughout the day, from fitness boot camps to groups of people practicing tai chi or yoga.

Waikiki Beach
Kuhio Beach

Kuhio is a great place for young and inexperienced swimmers to enjoy the warm tropical waters of Waikiki beaches. This beach also features more sand and less of the rocky coral reefs found further west along the Waikiki strand. Kuhio Beach has all park amenities including restrooms, showers, and picnic tables on grassy lawns. Local vendors have a variety of water sport equipment available for rent, including surfboards, body boards and snorkeling gear.

Laniakea Beach

At Laniakea Beach, the most important VIPs are sea turtles. Often called “Turtle Beach”, Laniakea is your best bet for an up close and personal experience with the rare and endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, called “Honu” by locals. These beautiful sea creatures flock to Laniakea because of the plentiful seaweed (called “limu”) which the animals feed on, and because this particular beach and reef area are largely safe from tiger sharks and other natural predators.

Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach

During the warm, calm summer months, Sunset Beach is a great family destination for anyone looking to enjoy a beautiful stretch of one of Hawaii largest beaches. Over two miles in length, Sunset Beach accommodates large numbers of visitors without ever feeling as crowded as Waikiki. A sharp drop of the ocean bottom just offshore and a rip tide mean that swimming should be attempted only by veteran ocean swimmers. However, this same drop of the ocean floor makes a relatively friendly area for snorkelers looking to see some curious tropical fish out around the reefs.