Lanikai Beach Oahu is consistently rated one of the most beautiful beaches on Oahu and in the world. Its shallow waters, pristine white sand, and turquoise waters bring the beautiful picture of an advertisement to life. Lanikai is everything you dreamed a Hawaiian beach would be.
The Hawaiian word Lanikai means heavenly sea, and it’s easy to see why this beach is so aptly named. The half-mile stretch of sand looks out over crystal clear waters toward two small offshore islands dotting the horizon. Lanikai’s gentle waves make it ideal for swimming and the consistent tropical breeze allows for relaxing beach lounging. Bring along your snorkeling gear to explore these shallow waters. Arrive early to watch the sun rise above the horizon of this east coast beach, slowly turning the sky to unforgettable shades of gold, pink, purple, and blue.
Planning Your Excursion to Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach is accessed via public walkways between residential homes in Oahu’s east coast town of Kailua on Mokulua Drive, located 14 miles from Honolulu. Be sure to heed no parking signs along this road to respect local residents and avoid ticketing. Head to nearby Kailua Beach Park for restrooms and facilities, as there are none at Lanikai Beach Oahu.
Around the Area
The Mokulua Islands, visible from Lanikai Beach, are popular kayaking destinations. Both islands are seabird sanctuaries, and the island on the left, Mokulua Nui, is open to the public. Rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards near Kailua Beach Park for a day of exploring on the water. Lanikai Beach is also located in close proximity to the popular Lanikai Pillbox Hike, which leads hikers up a steep climb to former military pillbox bunkers and provides sweeping coastal views.
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