Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Lanikai Beach attracts photographers for the view over two islands called the na mokulua, or mokes. In fact, the coast is often populated with photographers and models working on photo shoots for magazines. The beach is accessible by public paths through a nearby residential neighborhood. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen; the beach has no facilities. Take a look at our Kailua trip itinerary site to schedule your visit to Lanikai Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Lanikai Beach reviews
One of the best beaches in the East Coast and around the entire island of O'ahu. Closing my yes and imaging that I'm still there! more »
Parking is the main problem here. There is no easy way to get to the beach. You have to know where there is a gap between the residential houses. It's quite secluded, so the effort is worth it if..... more »
I loved this beach so much because of the snorkeling. There is a lot of coral just off the beach teeming with life. The coral underwater canyons are prefect for exploring the tropical fish and sea life. The coral was much better shape than and more colorful than Hanauma Bay, but the depths were similar. Tropical fish, sea turtles and coral plus all the beautiful view of one of Oahu's most scenic beaches. Also there are a bunch of outrigger canoe groups who use this beach to launch their boats.
This is one of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen! It is extremely busy and parking might take a bit if you don't show up really early. We drove around a couple times before we found a spot, but luckily only had about a 5 minute walk. The beach itself was very full, but it didn't matter to us. Everyone seemed very friendly too! The sand is soft and so white. The water is a gorgeous blue! There are beautiful islands visible as well! We just chose a small spot, threw our stuff down and got in the water! The waves crash frequently and make it pretty fun. The sand under the water is full of very small broken shells and stones, but it isn't painful. We loved this beautiful beach and worked certainly return if we had time!
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