Surf, Snorkel, and Sun On Oahu's Most Beautiful Beaches
With 225 miles of dramatic coastline in the Pacific Ocean, Oahu boasts the world's most beautiful beaches. With white sands and crystal-blue ocean waters, Oahu's beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, boating and chilling in the sun.
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort puts you on the shores of Waikiki Bay, steps of the South Shore's most pristine beach. Walk to the Fort DeRussy Beach Park. Surf the legendary waves of the North Shore or enjoy snorkeling on Hanauma Bay, just 30 minutes from Honolulu. On Oahu, beach life is the good life.
Spanning two miles along Pacific Ocean and the Oahu's south shore, world-famous Waikiki Beach is made up for of 8 sections of pristine beaches, perfect for swimming, sailing, surfing, kayaking, canoe paddling, snorkeling, boogie boarding, or catching a golden tan. Learn to surf, marvel at the beautiful Waikiki sunsets, and stroll along the Waikiki Beach Walk.
Fort DeRussy Beach Park
Spanning the upper Waikiki strip, Fort DeRussy Beach Park offers a large sandy beach and a grassy park setting with palm trees. Once a military base, the parks is a scenic spot for swimming, picnics, and sunbathing. Enjoy dips in the Pacific Ocean or play beach volleyball. The park also offers a free military museum, shady play areas, picnic tables, grills, tennis and volleyball courts, and a playground equipment for kids.
Royal Hawaiian Beach
Known as Waikiki Beach Center, on the other side of Gray's Beach, this is activity central. Royal Hawaiian Beach is a great spot to catch a catamaran ride, paddle out on a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, or surf Waikiki Beach waves. You will find a few surf shacks with surf lessons and board rentals.
This popular, narrow beach on the south shore of Waikiki offers excellent snorkeling and bodyboarding for families. Kids can swim freely in the calm ocean, which is protected from the waves by an offshore reef with two concrete walls that stretch 40 yards into the ocean.
Known as Kapiolani Park Beach, Queen's is located just after the Kuhio Ponds near the southeast end of Waikiki. Perfect for relaxing and sunbathing, this beautiful stretch of sand is also a great surfing spot. Go boogie boarding in the rolling waves along the Waikiki Wall, a walking pier with views of the Waikiki skyline. The beach is home to a large outdoor screen for movie nights called "Sunset on the Beach" with live music, food stalls, and entertainment.
San Souci Beach
This family friendly stretch of Waikiki Beach is a local's spot with a quiet park. San Souci Beach is one of the best spots on Oahu's south shore to snorkel with a reef 50 yards into the ocean teeming with marine life. San Souci Beach is also a haven for swimmers, kayakers and surfers who take advantage of a natural ocean channel.
Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Located at Waikiki's western top, near the Ala Moana channel and harbor, Duke Kahanamoku Beach is the widest beach in Waikiki, perfect for fun on the sand. Named after Hawaii's legendary surfer and Olympic swimming champion, Kahanamoku Beach is the perfect sandy stretch for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and of course, surfing!
Oahu and Waikiki offer endless miles of white sand and turquoise waters. Expect to find a nice selection of watersports, recreation, and beach activities at several beaches across the island. You can book standup paddleboard lessons, snorkeling excursions, learn to surf, or stroll some of the island's best boardwalks for island keepsakes.
Some of the best things to do and see in Honolulu include Waikiki Beach, with two miles of white sand and crystal-blue ocean and Waikiki Beach Walk. Discover famous Honolulu attractions such as Diamond Head National Monument, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu Zoo, Iolani Palace, Bishop Museum, and the famous Ala Moana Center.