The 8 Most Breathtaking Beaches in Hawaii

Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui

Northwest Maui's Kapalua Bay Beach is famed for snorkeling and kayaking in palm trees and azure waters. There are many aquatic species, including sea turtles.

Lanikai Beach, Oahu

Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Oahu, has calm waters for swimming and kayaking to Mokulu Islands. From an exposed mountain ridge, the Lanikai Pillbox Hike offers panoramic vistas.

Mauna Kea Beach, Hawaii Island

Mauna Kea Beach on Hawaii's Big Island, also known as Kaunaoa, has a quarter-mile of white sand and calm waves. Nearby resorts rent equipment for water sports and snorkeling.

Hanalei Beach, Kauai

Amidst mountains and palm trees, Hanalei Beach has clear blue waves perfect for surfing. Visit Hanalei Pier and Black Pot Beach Park for more amenities and Hanalei River views.

Hulopoe Bay, Lanai

An unspoiled snorkeling and surfing spot, Hulopoe Bay on Lanai Island's south side contains volcanic rock tidal pools and scenic paths to Puupehe rock formation.

Punaluu Beach, Hawaii Island

Punaluu Beach on Hawaii Island's southeast coast is known for its lava-formed black sand. Specialized glamping is available near the endangered sea turtle nesting location.

Halawa Beach Park, Molokai

Halawa Beach Park on Molokai's east coast has golden sands and two bathing bays below the Halawa Valley. Hotel Molokai offers mountain vistas and historical ruins.

Wailea Beach, Maui

Wailea Beach, on Maui's southwest coast, has luxury resorts, snorkeling, and Molokini Crater views. Golf courses and guided boat cruises from Maalaea Harbour make it ideal.

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