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Lanikai Beach, Kailua

(4.6/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Using our world travel planner, Kailua attractions like Lanikai Beach can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We did the kayak activity that went to this beach. We swam with a turtle. Beach and water is breathtaking!  more »
  • When I googled "best beach in the world" while living in Thailand, Lanikai Beach popped up and I said that's it, I'm going to live there. So I bought a one-way ticket from Bangkok and moved there with...  more »
  • Not overly busy, great views, and good snorkeling. Not sure about public restrooms. We didn't see any but they may have been further up the beach.  more »
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  • From the corner of my eye I catch a glimpse of teal blue crystals blushing softly. I turn to fully be encapsulated. Complete awe! What fascination to stop and emerge myself in liquid peace. I'm humbled, grateful, and blessed to have been able to gaze upon such majesty. It was like experiencing what I imagined being in heaven would be like physically. The water warm, crisp, soothing. The sand was like having powder under my feet. The view mesmerizing. A total must see!!
  • This is an absolutely beautiful beach. A true Oahu treasure. It has become a little bit overrun by tourism in the past few years but it still has its amazing beauty especially in the morning for sunrise. The sand here is amazing pure white sand.
  • Beautiful soft white sand beach with calm turquoise water. Very picturesque area, you'll often see wedding pictures being taken here. There are multiple public access areas between homes, just be courteous as to where you park. No amenities here but there are public beaches just down the road with bathrooms and outdoor showers.
  • Beautiful beach, real local vibes compared to Waikiki but it is getting pretty touristy. Awesome spot for a morning swim or paddle board or to kayak put to the mokoluas.
  • This is one of those special places that make Oahu such a beautiful island. Fine golden sand, calm blue ocean and a wonderful view. The beach is calm and rarely gets choppy like it can at neighbouring Kailua. Though it's not a very big beach, it is still spacious and doesn't seem to get as packed as Kailua. There are no toilets here and parking can be difficult but its worth the walk if you find yourself having to park somewhere far In order to be obey the very strict parking regulations.