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Destinations  •  October 06, 2022

Swimming, Snorkeling, & Sun Tanning: Top 5 Best Beaches in Oahu

Danielle Vito
Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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When it comes to beach getaways, there are few places more sought-after and picturesque than the beaches of the Hawaiian Islands. Imagine relaxing on soft white sand surrounded by lush vegetation as you sip a tropical drink and enjoy the ocean breeze. And with over 125 beaches on Oahu, there is a beach for every style, whether you are looking for the perfect sunbathing sand or the best swells for surfing. From relaxing at world-famous Waikiki Beach to snorkeling with tropical fish in Hanauma Bay, we are here to help you find the best beaches in Oahu. Plan your island getaway with AvantStay and find the vacation home of your dreams in Oahu, steps away from the beach.

1. Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches throughout the Hawaiian Islands, with its bright blue water and beautiful white sand. The beach is broken up into eight sections that all offer different experiences. This beach is also surrounded by luxury resorts where you can stop for lunch or explore the local shops nearby. Popular activities at Waikiki Beach include swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

2. Lanikai Beach

Lanikai means “heavenly ocean,” and we can’t think of a more apt name for this picturesque beach. This is one of the best beaches in Oahu, delivering that classic Hawaiian beach experience with warm, clear, gentle waters perfect for all ages. You can also visit the Mokulua Islands off the coast of Lanikai, which function as important seabird sanctuaries. The best way to access the islands is by kayak or paddle boat.

3. Sunset Beach

It should be no surprise that Sunset Beach offers some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island. This beach is a mecca for surfers during the winter months, but during the summer months, the conditions are calm enough for families with young kids to enjoy. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling before settling to watch a breathtaking sunset together.

4. Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay not only offers a wonderful beach, but it also boasts the best snorkeling on the island, with over 400 fish species inhabiting the bay. The bay is the result of a volcanic eruption created 30,000 years ago! You can rent your snorkeling equipment right from the beach to see the fish and green sea turtles that call the bay home.

5. Kailua Beach Park

This beach park is a great option for groups who want access to convenient amenities. Pack a lunch and utilize the picnic shelters, tables, and BBQ pits here. Then head out into the water for swimming, boogie boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, and kite surfing. And the best part: tours, lessons, and watercraft rentals are available right here at the beach!

Oahu Vacation Homes for Groups

At AvantStay, we represent properties in the Southeastern city of Kailua and Kapolei on the western side of Oahu. Our Kailua vacation homes, like Hale Oahu Villa and Hale Oahu Cottage, are steps away from Kailua Beach and a short distance from Lanikai Beach. And most of our properties in Kapolei are oceanfront with incredible views of the best beaches in Oahu. What are you waiting for? It’s time to escape to the tropical paradise of Oahu with AvantStay!

Danielle Vito
Danielle Vito

As Senior Social Media Manager, Danielle manages AvantStay's social media platforms and writes content for the Atlas blog. Previously, Danielle was the Social Media Producer at The Points Guy where she ran TPG's Instagram and wrote articles on the most social media-worthy destinations, and tips on hacking your travels by using credit cards.

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