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5 Beaches to Visit on Oahu

As you prepare for your trip to Oahu, you’ve likely been staring at pictures of the pristine beaches that are found online. The white sand and stunning blue ocean coming together to form the perfect combination of colors, while the bright sun casts light on the setting. There really is nothing that can compare to the beauty of the beach and we are lucky enough to find these beaches all over the Hawaiian Islands. So which beaches are you excited to visit on Oahu?

There are plenty to visit, and though all of the island’s beaches are made up of the same water and similar sand, they are quite different from one another, and discovering as many as you can should be a big part of your trip.

Here are 5 beaches to visit on Oahu, our favorites that provide the perfect setting for a day of fun and play.

Waimanalo Beach
Not far from Waikiki Beach, Waimanalo Beach is well-known with locals, and the few visitors who know of it. This beach defines beauty, with white sand and the bluest ocean you can imagine, backed by Ironwood Trees that hide the beach. Though the winds can pick up quickly, sitting in the shade beneath the trees and taking in the sites is a peaceful way to spend a few hours.

Waimea Bay
While driving along the North Shore, there are great beaches lining the coast, and just a short distance from the road. Locals love these beaches and spend hours surfing and relaxing on the famous stretch of island. Waimea Bay is probably the most famous, and as you come around the bend on Kamehameha Highway, you’ll know why. In the winter, the surf is crazy, and in the summer, this is the best place to sit on the beach and relax. Circle Island Tours make a stop at Waimea, and if the surf is up, you’re in for a real treat.

Ala Moana Beach
Just outside of Waikiki, right along Ala Moana Blvd. is one of the most popular places on the island. The park is huge, and there is always a birthday party or gathering of some sort going on. Ala Moana Beach is a protected cove, making swimming and stand-up paddle popular, and a great place for kids. On Magic Island, a manmade lagoon offers the best place for kids to play.

Sandy Beach
On the island’s South Shore, where the rocky coastline takes a break is Sandy Beach. This beach is a favorite amongst locals for its boogie boarding and body surfing. The shore break can be quite dangerous, so if you’re visiting, please exercise caution. Sandy’s is seen on Circle Island Tours, and you can catch a great view from the Halona Blowhole Lookout.

Sunset Beach
What is a list of beaches without Sunset Beach? There is no better place to catch a sunset, making the name highly appropriate. The summertime brings big waves, but the rest of the year is perfect for lounging and swimming. Spend an afternoon at Sunset, grab some Poke and Kona Longboards from the grocery store, and watch an incredible sun set.r

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