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Spotlight on Kailua – A Great Alternative to Waikiki

If you’re looking for an alternative to the hustle-and-bustle of Waikiki, then you should look into Oahu’s small town, Kailua.

Hawaii’s biggest city, Honolulu, has always been known worldwide for its hip, happening tourist scene…especially the beach-front neighborhood, Waikiki.

Waikiki has stunning beaches, large resorts, modern hotels, and unique Airbnb accommodation. So inevitably it has become of the most popular tourist neighborhoods in the city.

The smaller neighborhood of Kailua, on the other hand, has always been known for its stunning white sandy beaches and quaint local culture and appeal.

Right now there are very few hotels and resorts in Kailua to keep up with the demand. But this may be all about to change as more and more tourists take their vacation to Kailua.

Let’s take a look at what makes Kailua so special…and how it could become the next Waikiki:

Kailua Has Breathtaking Beaches

The beaches in Kailua are perfect, for a few reasons:

  • The white sandy beaches are so beautiful that they are frequently featured on the list of the top ten best beaches in the world.
  • The bays here are reef-protected so they have been well preserved and are great for snorkeling.
  • The beaches also get cooling trade winds, so they are ideal for spending the whole day relaxing and swimming.

Kailua Bay Has Great Ocean Activities

Kailua Bay is perfect for paddle boarding, kite surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. And it is possible to reach one the nearby islands, Moku Nui, Moku Iki (known as the Mokes), and Flat Island from Kailua’s beach.

These islands are perfect for explorers and those who crave a bit of adventure. They have beautiful little beaches of their own, as well as rock climbing activities.

It’s also possible to see some of Oahu’s sea life around these islands, including spinner dolphins and green sea turtles. And snorkelers will get the chance to spot underwater lava formations.

Be aware, however, that the current here can be dangerous. If you are an inexperienced kayaker or paddle boarder, make sure you make the crossing with an experienced guide.

Kailua Has a Small Town Vibe

Waikiki has been overtaken by larger resorts and hotels, as well as big shopping malls, causing some tourists to seek quieter destinations. Kailua, on the other hand, has remained a small town, offering an laidback island lifestyle that is so Hawaiian.

Many visitors to the town say you can really get an authentic Hawaiian experience here – it’s still quiet, it’s waiting to be discovered, and it’s unique.

Kailua Offers Some of Oahu’s Best Hikes

When we say hike, we really mean “pretty coastal walk.” Hardcore hikers should visit Hawaii Discount’s travel blog to check out some of Oahu’s more difficult treks.

If you want some gorgeous scenery and an easy hike, though, this is the place for you. Kailua has the Lanikai Pillbox hike, a famous non-strenuous walk that offers great views of windward Oahu and its beaches, including Kailua Bay.

There are some beautiful spots to sit and absorb the view, as well as make the most of some great photo opportunities.


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