Hawaii’s golden shores are one of its biggest attractions, but with so many different beaches to choose from, deciding which to visit can often be overwhelming. OROGOLD reviews the most breathtaking beaches of Hawaii, ones that you should definitely make a point of visiting the next time you find yourself in the Aloha state.
Polihua Beach, Lanai
The island of Lanai is often overlooked by tourists in favor of the other, resort-studded, islands, which has allowed it to retain its undeveloped beaches, making a visit to Lanai feel as though you are entering a secret island paradise. Polihua Beach, located on the wild northwestern coast of Lanai, is the longest beach on the island, as well as one of the most remote, and can only be accessed by four-wheel drive. Rather than being a beach with many attractions, it is more of a scenic beach, where you can enjoy being the only person around. Since the water is exposed to the open ocean, without any form of protection, the surf is unpredictable and the currents strong, so OROGOLD would suggest visiting another beach if you want to swim.
Hapuna Beach, Big Island
The largest of Hawaii’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach has frequently found itself on many Top Beaches lists, and it is not at all hard to see why. In addition to being incredibly beautiful, Hapuna Beach offers plenty of opportunities for sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming and bodyboarding, as well as a great variety of food vendors, making it extremely easy to spend the whole day there. If you are not a state resident, you need to pay $5 to access the beach, but OROGOLD would definitely say that it is a worthwhile spend.
Pauoa Beach, Big Island
Located on Big Island, Pauoa Beach has a rare natural feature – beneath the warm blue waters lie natural freshwater springs, which bubble up beneath swimmers, shooting up jets of icy cold water. This, alongside its gorgeous coral reefs, wide stretches of white sand, and a native green sea turtle colony, all make it worth the visit.
Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai
On the northern shores of Kauai lies Hanalei Beach, with possibly one of the most gorgeous beach settings in the state. The perfect semi-circle of powdery white sand has a backdrop of mountain peaks wrapped in wisps of cloud, dotted with beautiful waterfalls. The 2 mile long beach offers every kind of beach and ocean activity you could imagine, from fishing to boating to kayaking, and the waters are also extremely popular with surfers. This is also one of the most family-friendly beaches in Kauai, with plenty of lifeguards stationed around to warn you if conditions begin to get rough, so if you have young children, this is the beach that OROGOLD would recommend.
With over 350 different beaches, each and every one open to the public, it wouldn’t be possible to explore them all in a single visit. From the beach with the underwater natural jets to the most family friendly beach, these breathtaking beaches are ones that you definitely shouldn’t miss.