Lanikai Beach, These underwater gardens are popular among snorkelers and divers. Kayaking is also a popular watersport here. Some people kayak all the way out to the two Mokulua Islands (Moku Nui and Moku Iki). This can be quite challenging, especially if you’ve never done ocean kayaking before. The waves may look small and calm from shore, but by the time you’re half way there they turn out to be much larger.
This place is one of Hawaii’s best spots for swimming. The beach is stunningly beautiful and is perfect for photo shooting. This gold-sand beach is one mile long. No facilities are provided. Swimming is good year-round. Other popular activities on Lanikai include kayaking, outrigger canoeing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing.
Lanikai Beach, meaning heavenly sea, is a hidden paradise among Hawaiian Beaches, noted for the softest white sand and aqua blue sea. The water is calm year round and is one of the few beaches on Oahu with no shore break waves. Snorkeling is popular among the coral heads located in the shallow water just off the beach. Please remember that regardless of their appearance, coral heads are living organisms and they should never be touched. The signature view of the Mokulua Islands is breathtaking and even views of Molokai can be seen on clear days, to the South East.
Located on the windward coast, with in Kailua Bay, it can be a little bit of a trick to find Lanikai Beach by bus or with a car. The access and parking is limited by residential properties and care should be given to respect local residents. Our recommendation to see this out of the way beach is by kayaking or stand up paddling there from Kailua Bay. This trip takes 30 to 45 minutes and is usually quicker on the return due to the tail wind, pushing you back. There are no restrooms, lifeguards or facilities in Lanikai.
Like many of the windward beaches, Lanikai Beach has no showers, freshwater, or other facilities. Plan your trip ahead of time so you can stock up on food and supplies. Also, to find a parking spot can be challenging on weekends and holidays. There is no parking lot that’s designated for the beach. Parking is only possible on the side of the street.
Between 9-12 days after a full moon (but on other days as well), jellyfish often times get washed ashore. Get out of the water as soon as you spot these blue swimmers, as their sting can leave you off the beach for a good part of the day. Also watch out for the limu or stinging seaweed, which can appear after a storm
With a name meaning “heavenly sea,” Lanikai Beach has gained international fame as America’s number one beach for several years running. The dreamlike shores of Lanikai have been immortalized on many pictures, postcards, wall calendars and travel guides.