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On this trip to Hawaii, I was determined to find the most beautiful beaches in Oahu. I spent quite a bit of time in Waikiki which was great for a while, but after a few days in the hub-hub of shopping and dodging tour groups, I was ready for a getaway in search of some space and relaxation.
I had heard about Lanikai Beach, but didn’t have the chance to visit it on our last trip, so this time around, I made the point to visit this gem.
Lanikai did not disappoint, it was beautiful, nestled in an affluent residential area with clear, calm water that was perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling or just bumming around. In addition, Lanikai Beach had the softest sand. So soft that I wanted to roll in it like a furry blanket.
Parking is a little tricky in Lanikai and it can get a little crowded during the weekends and holidays, but it’s still worth the trip. Nearby Kailua beach is also popular, with more available parking and perfect for Kite surfing.
In terms of vibe, this beach is popular with expats and folks who rent or own a second home in Lanikai. The crowd is a mix of fit, tanned hotties and families with young children. It’s a great place to people watch.
Due to the narrow streets in Lanikai, tour buses carrying the 100 people that swarm the other beaches every 20 mins, tend not to be seen here, which is a great bonus.
Arrive early, spend the day, have lunch at Buzz’s and watch the sunset at the canal next to the restaurant. It will most likely provide you great shots of the sun setting behind the mountains.
Ps: If you want to have dinner at Buzz’s, bring a change of clothes. They have a dress code policy after 4:30pm.
If you have a chance to visit Oahu, don’t miss out and visit Lanikai Beach.