Lanikai Beach

Soft sand, gentle waves and swaying palm fronds make Lanikai Beach a popular destination among visitors and locals alike. ©Cristo Vlahos

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai’s turquoise waters, powdered-sugar sands and swaying palms rank this Windward beach among some of the best in the world.  Sheltered by a wide, protective offshore reef, this half-mile strand of beach provides ideal swimming conditions, as well as kayaking, outrigger canoeing, sailing, surfing and windsurfing. During the weekdays, the beach is relatively calm, but on weekends during peak tourist season it can become extremely crowded. With the twin Mokulua Islands in the distance (both are seabird sanctuaries), Lanikai Beach truly lives up to its translated name of “heavenly sea.”