Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach
4.5
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Also known as Kaʻōhao Beach, Lanikai Beach is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the world, and is famous for its stunning views of the Mokulua Islands. Book a kayak tour for a chance to see the green sea turtles that inhabit the 'The Mokes'. The beach is also a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to consistent and steady winds. Enjoy the beautiful colors of the sky as the sun rises and sets over the Pacific Ocean and admire the beautiful houses and gardens of the surrounding residential area of Kailu. Come prepared as there are no amenities at this beach. – Tripadvisor
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  • Vcals
    Holbrook, New York756 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    Want to get away from the overcrowded Waikiki beaches?! Come no further than here. Be sure to arrive early to find a parking space. Bring all beach equipment with you. Make sure you wear beach attire and do your business prior to arriving since there are no restrooms or changing stations at the beach. But it’s all well worth it at this crystal clear blue water.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Ajay H
    New York City, New York9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    Lanikai Beach is one of Hawaii’s best. This stunning beach boasts clear, blue waters, pristine, white sand, and beautiful views. Best of all, the beach isn’t very crowded. It also has a calm tide. The only challenge is finding a spot to park. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our time here.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Yeraldin S
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, calm, but no shore for the littles and no bathrooms
    Beautiful beach to go. Clear water, barely any waves, and calm waters. It’s definitely a very pretty beach to go to but there no bathroom to go to, stores and restaurants are far, it’s a neighborhood beach so you have to find parking in the streets, and although the water is ver calm with barely any waves, it rapidly become steep. There’s very little shore for the little ones to play in because it’s about 5 feet max before there’s a step from calf height, to knee and then chest very rapidly. Beautiful but I’m sure there’s plenty others a little more kid friendly because my oldest is 5
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 November 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,570 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views at this Popular Beach in a Residential Neighborhood
    Beautiful spot for sunrise. There was about 20 others there experiencing the scene. Came back another day in the afternoon to spend more time on the beach. Fine golden sand, blue ocean and beautiful views looking at the Mokulua Islands. There is a reef just offshore and the snorkeling was above average to good. However, I wasn't impressed by the location of the beach as it is surrounded by a residential neighborhood that backs up right onto the beach taking away some of the tropical feel. The beach access is a path between 2 houses. While nothing like Waikiki, it is still a very popular beach on the island. No facilities or services on the beach. Parking in the neighborhood can be challenging but after a couple laps, we found a spot a few blocks from the path for beach access in the mid afternoon when the earlier beach crowd was starting to leave. With that said, still a terrific beach to visit and would be absolutely wonderful if you lived or are staying in the neighborhood but it needs to be in a more remote and less developed area to go down in my book as one of the "best beaches in the world".
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
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explorer
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fully satisfied. __________
Guest relation war very good
Amazing experience _____
Will recomed to our friends and family
Written 18 March 2024
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Cynthia A
Los Angeles, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful water. Kid friendly. Water felt soft and not bad for young kids. Bring water and snacks. Didn’t see vendors. It’s worth visiting at least once!!
Written 14 February 2024
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1000 Islands Bed And Breakfast
Gananoque, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
World class beach quiet safe great for swimming paddle boarding beautiful sand and views. Dog friendly and just one of the best beaches in the world
Written 1 February 2024
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BlueBayKayakAdventures
Oahu, HI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Perfect experience! Water was like glass and equipment was exactly what we needed! We paddled out the two islands that some people refer to as “The Mokes”!
Written 19 January 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,570 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Beautiful spot for sunrise. There was about 20 others there experiencing the scene. Came back another day in the afternoon to spend more time on the beach. Fine golden sand, blue ocean and beautiful views looking at the Mokulua Islands. There is a reef just offshore and the snorkeling was above average to good. However, I wasn't impressed by the location of the beach as it is surrounded by a residential neighborhood that backs up right onto the beach taking away some of the tropical feel. The beach access is a path between 2 houses. While nothing like Waikiki, it is still a very popular beach on the island. No facilities or services on the beach. Parking in the neighborhood can be challenging but after a couple laps, we found a spot a few blocks from the path for beach access in the mid afternoon when the earlier beach crowd was starting to leave. With that said, still a terrific beach to visit and would be absolutely wonderful if you lived or are staying in the neighborhood but it needs to be in a more remote and less developed area to go down in my book as one of the "best beaches in the world".
Written 18 December 2023
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Yeraldin S
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful beach to go. Clear water, barely any waves, and calm waters. It’s definitely a very pretty beach to go to but there no bathroom to go to, stores and restaurants are far, it’s a neighborhood beach so you have to find parking in the streets, and although the water is ver calm with barely any waves, it rapidly become steep. There’s very little shore for the little ones to play in because it’s about 5 feet max before there’s a step from calf height, to knee and then chest very rapidly. Beautiful but I’m sure there’s plenty others a little more kid friendly because my oldest is 5
Written 24 November 2023
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Ca K
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazing views, no rocks just pure soft sand and clear water. Great for families. Also, turtles swim by near the shore.
Written 15 November 2023
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Ajay H
New York City, NY9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Lanikai Beach is one of Hawaii’s best. This stunning beach boasts clear, blue waters, pristine, white sand, and beautiful views. Best of all, the beach isn’t very crowded. It also has a calm tide. The only challenge is finding a spot to park. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our time here.
Written 4 November 2023
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islandlovingtwosome
Lake Forest, CA88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
There must be something wrong with me. I simply was not blown away by this beach like I thought I would be after reading all the hype online and in books. First of all...I must be color blind...the sand didn't look white to me. I've been to many white sand beaches in the Caribbean and South Pacific, and this sand was not white. It was golden, but it was very soft and fine. The water too was pretty but not the clearest or bluest I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong...it's a very nice beach, just not worthy of all the accolades it's been given.
We did not snorkel cuz it became very overcast so we decided to skip it. The worst part was that a local family of 10-12 people plopped themselves along with all their tents, chairs and all their other gear right in front of us...so rude. We made sure not to do that to anyone else and it seemed like everyone was aware that you do not cut off the view from others.
It's a nice beach, just not deserving of the high praise bestowed upon it.
Written 7 October 2023
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CourtneyGabriel
Snohomish, WA47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
After so many reviews, I had to check it out.
Pluses:
Calm waters
Clear water
Beautiful
Snorkeling

Cons:
Crowded
Street parking you have to fight for
Sand is grainier than I expected

Kailua beach is a mile down the road and better…but no snorkeling and not as calm
Written 18 September 2023
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