First-timer’s Ultimate Guide to Oahu Part 1: The Best Beaches

First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu: The Best Beaches

First-timer’s Ultimate Guide to Oahu Part 1: The Best Beaches

Aloha! If you plan on going to Hawaii for the first time, get the full Hawaiian experience with this must-do Oahu list. I’ve only been to two islands, but I must say Oahu is my favorite by far. I love that you get the best of both worlds in Oahu –the city in Waikiki and the country side on the North Shore. If you really want to, the island is small enough for you to traverse in one day by car (maybe two at a slower pace) and it is jam packed with activities and gorgeous views left and right! So if you were contemplating on going to Hawaii, I say go –people always come back so relaxed and tanned (oo la la). Plus Hawaii seems to be in summer mode all year round. This is part 1 out of 3 of the First-Timer’s Ultimate Guide to Oahu. Part 1 is about the best beaches.

 

Near Waikiki

1. Kailua Beach
This beach is rated as one of the best beaches in the world. It also happens to be my personal favorite. You’re surrounded by lush tropical plants and you can watch people kitesurfing. Kailua Beach Honolulu Hawaii Kailua Beach Honolulu Hawaii

2. Lanikai Beach
Just on the windward side of Oahu, next to Kailua beach. Kayak to Mokulua Islands!First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Lanikai Beach

First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Lanikai Beach

Amazing photos at Lanikai Beach taken by my boyfriend, Rex

3. Hanauma Bay
People usually come here to snorkel. If you bring your own snorkel gear, come before it opens and it’s free!

Hanauma Bay Honolulu Hawaii Snorkerling Hanauma Bay Honolulu Hawaii

4. Waikiki Beach
This beach is tourist central and is probably the most congested beach on the island. It’s still beautiful regardless. The waters are calm enough for you to paddleboard and take surfing lessons here.

Waikiki Beach Honolulu Hawaii Waikiki Beach Honolulu HawaiiFirst-timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Waikiki Beach

 

5. Ala Moana Beach
If you want something less packed, Ala Moana Beach is another option. Walk out to magic island and watch the sunset.

First-timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Ala Moana Beach First-timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Ala Moana Beach

 

North Shore Beaches

1. Waimea Bay

If you’re looking to cliff dive, this is the place to be (just do it).First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Waimea Beach Cliff DiveFirst-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Waimea Bay Cliff Dive

2. Laniakea Beach
If you’re lucky, you’ll see cute little sea turtles! I wasn’t so lucky. 🙁

First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Laniakea Beach

3. Shark’s Cove (Pupukea)

People also snorkel and scuba dive here.First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Shark Cove BeachFirst-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Shark's Cove BeachFirst-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Shark's Cove Beach

4. Sunset Beach

This beach is usually never packed. It’s like having your own private beach.

First-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Sunset BeachFirst-Timer's Ultimate Guide to Oahu Sunset Beach

 

Make sure to check back next week for part 2 of this series. Let me know what your favorite beach is by commenting below. And If you liked this post, don’t forget to subscribe. 🙂

 

*Update*

Click here to read part 2 of this series.

 

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2 Comments
  • Tee | Rotten One
    Posted at 06:10h, 30 April Reply

    Beautiful photos! I haven’t been to Hawaii in so long but all the beaches we visited were amazing, I’m sure it was tough for you to pick the top ones on your list 🙂 Those Ala Moana photos are beautiful, love the silhouettes. x

    Tee @ http://www.rotten-one.com

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 07:30h, 30 April Reply

      Hi Tee! Thank you so much. Haha yeah every beach in Hawaii is pretty much amazing. It would be awesome to go back and visit soon! 🙂

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