Top Oahu Beaches: From Waikiki to Waimea Bay

Bring your bikini or your board shorts, because from powdery shores and dramatic coastlines to shimmering hues of deep turquoise and picturesque waves, Oahu is home to more than 130 beaches.

Once frequented by Hawaiian royalty for its calming waters and sexy sunsets of deep orange hues, Waikīkī is ideal for sun-bathing, people watching, and beginners’ surfing and paddling. If you have the chance, venture beyond the city as many other sandy shores beckon. To the east, the Ka Iwi Coastline features spectacular views and dangerous shore breaks at Sandy and Makapu‘u beaches. In between, Halona Beach Cove is better known as Eternity Beach because of its role in the classic “From Here to Eternity.” Windward Oahu’s Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach Park are great for families and all-day-long barbecues.

On the west side, Ko ‘Olina Resort’s tranquil lagoons are ideal for small children. Wave enthusiasts and surfers need to head out to the North Shore as it boasts some of the best (but dangerous) breaks in the world. From windward or leeward, this is an island of exceptional beauty and miles of enticing shorelin