With eight main islands and a host of smaller ones, it goes without saying that Hawaii has plenty of beaches. And what glorious beaches they are! Whether you like your sand white, black or green (because why not?), you’ll find it in the Aloha State. You can also choose from bustling tourist hotspots or hidden coves. These are Hawaii’s best beaches.
1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu
2. Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i
3. Kauna’oa (Mauna Kea) Beach, Hawai’i
4. Halona Cove, Oahu
5. Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Lanikai is a popular spot for photo shoots too, if you want to admire beautiful people in swimsuits.
6. Kailua Beach, Oahu
Like neighbouring Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach is in an upscale residential area and the lack of hotels keeps the crowds away.
7. Waimanalo Beach, Oahu
8. Punalu’u Beach, Hawai’i
9. Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, Maui
10. Ka’anapali Beach, Maui
11. Tunnels Beach, Kauai
12. Haunama Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu
13. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui
14. Hulopo’e Beach, Lanai
15. Honaunau Beach, Hawai’i
You might see the odd green turtle here and in the deeper waters you may also spot dolphins.
16. Makena Cove, Kauai
17. Kikaua Beach, Hawai’i
18. Papakolea Beach, Hawai’i
So what's the attraction? It could be that you won’t have to compete with thousands of other tourists to find a space to place your beach towel but the real reason to come to Papakolea Beach is that it’s one of only four beaches in the world to feature green sand.
19. Poipu Beach, Kauai
The two sections are separated by a sandbar where you might spot a napping monk seal.
20. Polihale Beach, Kauai
It’s accessible only by what HawaiiGaga calls a 'confoundingly terrible dirt road' but the difficulty of getting here keeps the crowds away.