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Quiet Beaches to Visit on Your Next Oahu Vacation



Looking for some quiet beaches to visit on your next Oahu vacation?

Oahu beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world, but they’re also some of the busiest.

Hawaii receives millions of tourists every year, and Waikiki, as Oahu’s most-visited beach, carries a third of those visitors. On such a busy set of islands, it can be pretty hard to find a quiet spot to relax.

But there are quiet beaches on Oahu, if you know where to look.

Here are some of the island’s quieter beaches to explore on your next Oahu vacation:

Waimanalo Beach Park

The small town of Waimanalo is located on the eastern shore of Oahu. Compared to Honolulu’s Waikiki beach, Waimanalo Beach Park is much more laid back.

Though this small beach has received more attention recently, it’s still a much calmer beach than many of the island’s other top spots.

Voted as America’s Number 1 beach in the nation by Dr. Beach, this scenic coastline is ideal for vacationers who want to enjoy water sports such as kite boarding, swimming, and snorkeling.

Halona Beach Cove

Halona Beach Cove, also called Halona Cove, was made famous during the production of From Here to Eternity, one of the world’s most famous movies. Despite its popularity, this small cove is still relatively quiet, because not everyone wants to take the hike down to the shore.

From time to time, it will get crowded, but that’s not an everyday occurrence.

For the most part, visitors to this beach will enjoy beautiful scenery, amazing ocean life, and an escape from the hustle and bustle of tourists.

Yokohama Bay / Keawaula Beach

This white-sanded beach is another great spot that offers great surfing during the winter.

And during the summer months the calm waves mean smaller crowds, so it’s a good spot to simply relax, enjoy the weather, and go snorkeling.

When the surf is up, the waves can get quite large, so novices are advised to wait until the swell has died down.

Diamond Head and Ala Moana

Some people have less time on their hands and can’t trek out to the “far reaches” of the Oahu coast. If you decide you want to stick close to Waikiki, then Diamond Head’s beaches, such as Kuhio Beach and Queen Surf Beach, may be a good choice.

Ala Moana, just to the west of Waikiki, has far fewer tourists than some of Oahu’s more crowded beaches.

Not only do these beaches attract fewer visitors, the waves are also smaller. These calmer waters make Waikiki’s two neighboring beaches a good choice for those with children.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai is located in Kailua and can be one of the most secluded beaches on the island.

On occasion this beach will fill up with crowds, but if you go during the week, you should have plenty of space to claim as your own. The surf here isn’t ideal, which makes it great for other water sports such as windsurfing, canoeing, sea kayaking, swimming, and sailing.

Bring everything you need with you, since this beach doesn’t have any facilities.


Even though Oahu has very busy beaches, it also has plenty to offer the tourist who wants a little seclusion.

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