Most people think of Waikiki beach when they think of Hawaii. However, there are 112 miles of beautiful coastline on Oahu with some of the most pristine white sand beaches Hawaii has to offer. Oahu beaches rank at the top of the list of "best world beaches" year after year.
Kawela Beach is framed with coconut trees and one of the most secluded on all of Oahu. Kawela is located near the Turtle Bay Resort. Unlike other North Shore beaches, Kawela is protected by an offshore reef and it keeps the waters calm year round. If you're looking to work on your tan, this is a good beach. It's not so good for swimming or snorkeling as the water is not as clear as other places. Read Reviews
Mokule'ia Beach- a truly secluded beach on the North Shore. Not your typical hangout for tourists, and surf rats. The beach itself is thin and long and framed with pine trees and the Waianae mountain range. When the waves are up, it's good for boogie boarding, calmer waters make for great snorkeling. As with any place frequented by tourist, don't bring valuables and especially don't leave them in the car. They won't be there when you return. Read TripAdvisor Reviews
A surfer’s paradise during winter months. Sunset beach was host to Van’s Triple Crown surfing completion. You will find mostly pro suffers and locals at this beach. Parking can be an issue on days with high surf. Go here for the waves and sun as you won’t find much shade. This is a great beach for swimming during the summer months. Read TripAdvisor Reviews
Waimea Bay Beach
Home to the Quiksilver surf competition in Memory of Eddie Aikau, Waimea is popular in the summer for snorkelers and tourist; and notorious for legendary waves in the winter months. Big wave season is usually November through February. Many times during the winter, the beach will be blocked from entry unless you are an experienced surfer. Read TripAdvisor Reviews
Ehukai Beach-Banzai Pipeline
Monster waves are a surfers dream at Ehukai Beach during the winter months from November to February. Unless you are a surfing pro, I would strongly suggest you stay out of the water. It is one of the more dangerous surfing spots in the world. Take precautions. The water can rush up on to the beach unexpectedly and pull you out into the surf. Read TripAdvisor Reviews
WARNING: Please pay close attention and heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs when visiting the beaches. Not all beaches are good for everyone. Use caution when deciding which is right for you.