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Lanikai Beach, Kailua

Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Lanikai Beach attracts photographers for the view over two islands called the na mokulua, or mokes. In fact, the coast is often populated with photographers and models working on photo shoots for magazines. The beach is accessible by public paths through a nearby residential neighborhood. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen; the beach has no facilities. Take a look at our Kailua trip itinerary site to schedule your visit to Lanikai Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Beach was beautiful and good for families, teal blue water and white sands. Cons - no designated parking (need to park on the street) No facilities - no bathrooms and no water Snorkeling - yes, but...  more »
  • Nice beach. Not sure I would say it's top 10 in the world as they claim. It's pretty crowded (on a weekday!), but snorkeling was good.  more »
  • Takes some neighborhood driving and a prayer for an open parking spot. But there are gorgeous paths to the beach between the houses. (Respect their area and be courteous on the walk ways) Come...  more »
  • I loved this beach so much because of the snorkeling. There is a lot of coral just off the beach teeming with life. The coral underwater canyons are prefect for exploring the tropical fish and sea life. The coral was much better shape than and more colorful than Hanauma Bay, but the depths were similar. Tropical fish, sea turtles and coral plus all the beautiful view of one of Oahu's most scenic beaches. Also there are a bunch of outrigger canoe groups who use this beach to launch their boats.
  • This is one of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen! It is extremely busy and parking might take a bit if you don't show up really early. We drove around a couple times before we found a spot, but luckily only had about a 5 minute walk. The beach itself was very full, but it didn't matter to us. Everyone seemed very friendly too! The sand is soft and so white. The water is a gorgeous blue! There are beautiful islands visible as well! We just chose a small spot, threw our stuff down and got in the water! The waves crash frequently and make it pretty fun. The sand under the water is full of very small broken shells and stones, but it isn't painful. We loved this beautiful beach and worked certainly return if we had time!
  • Beautiful beach with warm calm water. Great fun for our toddler. Lanikai tops the list of beaches to visit on Oahu. Parking is a bit difficult- please obey signs! There were a few baby Portuguese man o wars in the water, but we were vigilant and did not get stung.
  • The beach itself is fine, but don’t get misguided by the many photos that portrays it as an hidden paradise. In the weekend it’s often overcrowded, and it makes hard even to find a way out of the neighbourhood. Personally I’ve never been there during the week, but in my opinion Oahu has plenty of other options
  • Beautiful beach and honestly would give five stars except for the crowds and sunscreen haze in the water. It’s a great beach for families as it’s very gentle with the waves not crashing down like in the north shore. How can you go wrong in Hawaii?

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