Hawaii has many different beaches throughout the island. Some of them are crowded and some of them are laid back. Some are filled with sunbathers and children and some of them are filled with surfers. Each beach is has it’s’ own unique flair.
Waikiki Beach is Hawaiian for Sprouting Water. This is one of the most famous beaches in the world. It has a 2 mile stretch of white sand. Behind the beaches you can see numerous hotels and other tourist facilities. Waikiki beach is used for everything like swimming, boogie boarding, catamaran, snorkeling, sunbathing, and all sorts of water sports. As you walk along the beach area you can rent a variety of different items to use in the water.
Ehukai Beach is Hawaiian for Reddish Tingled Water. This beach is the home to the Bonzai Pipeline. The waves here are very steep and powerful. This is one of the most dangerous areas in the world when the waves are at their highest level.
In spring and summer the waves are calmer. It is a little safer to swim in the water at these times. But during the winter months the waves can reach as high as 25 feet or more. So the only people that can be seen in the water at this time are the professional surfers catching the massive waves. It is an awesome sight to see a surfer going through the pipeline in the waves.
Mokule’ia Beach Park is located on the North Shore. It is a long stretch of white sandy beach. This beach is a hangout place for the locals. It is a great area for fishing and windsurfing. During the winter months though, it is empty because of the dangerous rip currents.
Sharks Cove is a beautiful reef that is located on the North Shore. It is also a gorgeous spot to watch sunrises and sunsets. You can even just stand on the reef here and see so many different kinds of marine life. Giant turtles and fish and even white tipped reef sharks hence the name of the beach.
You are allowed to swim and scuba dive here. It is a beautiful view as you scuba dive. Be careful with all the marine life though especially the sharks. At the end of the reef the water gets to 25 feet deep. Winter is a bad time to go here because of the high waves so nothing can be seen. The waves can reach an amazing 40-50 feet high on the North Shore.
Ka’ena Point State Park is a huge area that takes up 853 acres of land. There are a lot of seabirds and rare native plants that make their home here. There is also a great hiking trail where you can see some beautiful Oahu views. This is an area that always has high waves and dangerous rip currents so be cautious while you are in this area.
Another great beach to watch the sunsets at is Kawela Beach on the North Shore. This is a great spot to snorkel and scuba dive also. Giant sea turtles love to hang out in this area and you can wade in the water next to them. Just don’t touch or bother them. Winter again is a bad time to hang out here because of the high North Shore waves.
Lani’s Beach on the North Shore is another popular spot for experienced surfers. It is not a good place for swimming though. There are also a lot of the sea turtles in this area that hang out. The waves here are dangerous and should be left for the professional surfers only.
Sunset Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful sand beaches in Oahu measuring at 2 miles in length and about 200-300 feet wide. This is my favorite beach on Oahu. The water is clear as clear can be. This is an excellent area for snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving. Also just like the name says it is a beautiful beach to watch the sunset! In winter this beach becomes one of the best surfing spots on Oahu.
These are just a few of the beaches on Oahu. They are all gorgeous in their own way. The North Shore is mainly for professional surfers and exploring marine life close to the shore. And also the North Shore is dangereous basically everywhere during the winter months because of the high tides. The south side of the island is great for swimming and water sports for all the tourists. No matter what you prefer they all have amazing views and clear water.