The Ultimate Beach Guide to Oahu, Hawaii

The Ultimate Beach Guide to Oahu, Hawaii

October 03, 2018

 Recently, I spent a little over a week in Hawaii traveling around solo and hitting the beaches of Ohau. No place on the planet seems to offer as many beautiful, clean and lush beaches that span for miles. Oahu alone is home to over 112 miles of coastline and is surrounded by dense vegetation. The island offers an array of different styles of beaches ranging from snorkeling hot spots to the secret surfing spots. Here is my guide to the beaches in Oahu and what beautiful destinations the island has to offer its beachgoers. 

 

Sandy Beach – South Shore

This is the perfect beach to lay out in the sun and enjoy the beautiful ocean. Known for its onshore break, it attracts bodysurfers as barrels line up alongside the beach all day long. Would recommend being a confident swimmer if venturing into the water here.

Sandy Beach Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach

Located just outside of the Honolulu city this beach is very quiet and peaceful. After driving around the island I pulled up on the side of the road and had to go for a swim in the beautiful clear blue waters! This beach is gorgeous and has some of the softest white and the island has to offer. Hidden away from the tourists I popped in here quite a bit while in Hawaii as it was the perfect place to escape and relax under all of the ironwood trees that line the 3-mile long beach.

Waikiki Beach – South Shore

Tourist destination, you betcha! A vibrant beach strip that goes for miles alongside hotels and resorts lining the beachfront. The perfect destination to head to if you are feeling like listening to live music while sipping on a cocktail or two in a swim-up pool bar. Lots of fine food dining options for lunch as well as calm oceans for you to take a dip in. Perfect spot to go stand up paddle boarding as the beach is protected from massive swell and the sunsets are incredible as the sky turns into fairy floss! Just be careful of entering and exiting the ocean as the coral course and lines the beach and shallow areas of the beach and can be a hazard to the feet!

Waikiki Beach – South Shore

Haleʻiwa Beach Park 

Haleíwa is a great spot to head for the day to either adventure around or kick back and relax. Within minutes of arriving and jumping into the ocean, I was greeted by three turtles. The beach itself is very peaceful and quiet in comparison to the other beaches in Hawaii. It is a great beach not only enjoy the calmer oceans that are protected but also enjoy the parks facilities.

If you are looking for something a little more adventurous while on the Island. I suggest checking out @oneoceandiving a free dive company based off the coast of Haleiwa, Hawaii.

After following their Instagram page and seeing people jump into the water with sharks, I was intrigued. Being the adrenaline junkie that I am I later found myself on their website and well one thing led to another and next thing I knew I was booked to go free diving with sharks! And... Let me tell you it didn't disappoint!

Within five minutes of arriving at our destination, our boat had sharks circling as they were intrigued. As we all jumped into the water, I looked down to be greeted by at least 30 sharks. Not only did this get the blood jumping it was defiantly the highlight of my trip! Spending the day with One Ocean Dive taught me that sharks are misunderstood and that sharing the ocean with these beautiful species is such a special and breathtaking experience. This is why it is so important that we look after our oceans, reduce our use of plastic and preserve and protect our marine life.

 

Sharks Cove – North Shore 

Pack your snorkel! If this isn’t the perfect place to go swimming and see the marine life I don’t know where is. Voted one of the top 12 Shore Dives in the world you can be sure to see all types of creatures just under the surface of the water. When entering into the water it is recommended that you wear reef shoes as there is a lot of coral that you could potentially stand on. It is located between two big surfing areas so it is suggested to only snorkel in the summer months between March - November when the swell is smaller. There are also tide pools to venture around if you are feeling like a more relaxing and slow-paced vibe for the day.

 

Halona Beach Cove 

If you want to see a blowhole I recommend heading to Halona Beach Cove while in Hawaii. It is a quieter beach that has waves crashing onto the shore. Perfect spot to set up for the day and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, rock climbing, and jumping. It is also known for its little caves that you can climb in and around when the waves aren’t as rough.

 

Hanauma Bay – Honolulu

Beautiful Park but you have to pay for parking and you have to pay $7.50USD each to get to the beach. I guess that is the price you have to pay these days since some tourist’s ant respect beaches anymore. Known for its snorkeling, the protected bay is a beautiful destination to hide away from life’s responsibilities and go full swing into island life. The water is amazing with a lot of reefs. Perfect spot to take the family in my opinion! You can pay for the tram to take you up and down the hill as the trek can be quiet strep on the way down. Great spot to be educated on the area and learn more about the Hawaiian culture.

Diamond Head – Honolulu

Perfect spot to check out if you are a surfer looking to escape the busy areas and catch a wave. Great views and endless surf pumping all day long makes it a great place to go and check out. Diamond Head is known for its beautiful beach houses that line the coast. It is a journey to get down to the beach with your surfboard so be careful when heading down the tracks as it can be quick a challenge in itself to even reach the shore. Pack light as you don’t want to have to lug your beach gear up back up to the top! The waves and people are very friendly and there is plenty of room to jump on a wave. This beach is not recommended for swimming as the reed is shallow and extends right up to the beach for the most part. However, there is a lot of a sea glass that lines the shores so venturing out on a nice stroll along the beach is highly recommended.

 Diamond Head

 

 



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