Oahu has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  And such a variety too.  Here are some of the more popular ones.

Sandy Beach

My Notes:  Nice to look at with large swells and very popular but you do not want to go in because of the very strong under undertow.  There are some big wave that drop right on the beach so its very rough, but alot of fun to watch.

Waimea Beach

My Notes:  Very popular beach and parking although free is very limited.  The Waimea bay rock is located there, its a wright of passage to jump off the rock.  This is a good beach, in a good location, and its popular.  While in the area there is Waimea Falls right across the street, Sharks Cove to the north, and Turtle Beach to the south. 

Kailua Beach

My Notes:  This is actually one of the best beaches in Oahu, and if Im not at Laniki Beach (right next too it) this is where I go.  It a very active beach, very popular with the locals.   There is a very shallow canal filled with tons of minnows and under the bridge there are sea houses for the kids.  There are canoe rentals, and a great beach town a mile away with a Target and great food at  Cinnamon’s and a cozy local pub.   I stayed in this town once and with the beach, shops, and chlll people there it my favorite town in Oahu if your looking for a quite peaceful place.

Chinamans Hat\Mokoliʻi Island

This is a a nice park, its pretty big with nice views and of course a little island you can paddle out to.  The sand at this beach is not the kind you would layout on.  While in the area the Kualoa Ranch is right across the street and Crouching Lion Hike is also right around the corner.  

Maunalua Beach Sandbar

Its a sandbar that goes out about a mile.  The sandbar is only in a certain areas.  Look at the location to see where it runs.  I would have put this as one of the “Must Do”s but I think this is more of a personal preference.  I just like the fact that its a sandbar that i dont have to take a boat out to.  Also in the area is a CostcoKoko Head Stairs, and Hanauma Bay.

Mermaid Caves “Top 10”

AKA Zablan Beach or Forac Beach Park. One of the cooler beaches in Oahu a fairly large lava rock formation over a sandy beach area.  It is pretty cool,  This is on the west side of the island, so be respectful of the natives.

Hanauma Bay “Top 10”

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Open at 6am, $7.50 admission, and $2.25 for tram down & up.
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There are Big beautiful fish in water thats only 2 to 5 feet deep.  Its like a fish petting zoo, (but you cant touch the fish).   The #1 reason you will not be able to get in if you have a car is parking.  Go early or take a shuttle, the parking lot gets full early and they will turn you away.  Click here to see a work-a-round if there is no parking.  Wednesday afternoon is a bad time to go because it is closed on Tuesday, and when there are alot a people they stir up the sand, which makes the water murky.  You can rent snorkeling equipment and rent lockers down at the beach. They take credit except $1 parking.

Lanikai Beach “Top 10”

One of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Obamas beach). Nice warm water 77 to 82 degrees* just like the rest of the island.  This beach is a little more private then Kailua beach and less wavy because of the moku’s (the 2 islands off in a distance).  The Town of Kailua is another great beach town with alot to do check it out Here.  Park HERE if you want the closest parking lot.  If you park on the street this spot  is near a good entry. 

Turtle Beach “Top 10”

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AKA Laniakea Beach. Yes its cool to see turtles on the beach, BUT it is much better to get in the water with them.  You find them by looking for their heads to come up for air.  Then look for the moving rocks.  They are ALWAYS out there you just have to find them.  There are turtle conservationists on site to answer any questions about best times to see them.  Again no swimming required here, standing in about waist deep you will see them swim by.  Remember NOT to touch or hassle them because that is against the law.  

Sharks Cove “Top 10”

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AKA Pupukea Beach, another get place to see fish and with no tides and shallow enough in most places to stand up in.  Less known then Hanauma Bay you will see alot of the same fish here but not as many.  I did see a huge seal here last time.  Make SURE you bring some swimming shoes, because of the coral and sea enchants .  Also many get confused to where the shallow snorkeling area is, its to the left of the bathrooms where the sandy beach is.

Waimanalo Beach

My Notes:  This is a nice long beach, with plenty of room to play.  I pasted by it for many years and never knew it was there.  Must stop by Keneke’s for some awesome shaved ice while out that way.

Sunset Beach

My Notes:  Nice, quite beach plenty of room.  Not that popular if your looking to ditch the crowds, and want a nice clean beach this is the one for you

Kaneohe Bay Sandbar

My Notes:  This is a popular sand bar close to waikiki.  You will need to take a boat or kayak to get to the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar and wade through water to embark. Wear beach shoes, sandals or flip flops.  Here is more information on how to book and tide times to plan the trip out…  Kama’aina Kayak and Snorkel Eco-Ventures  Tide times Captain Bobs