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Ohau best beaches and places - Hawaii vacationer's guide

Where to go on Oahu for a vacation? Which beach will be good for me? If you are asking such questions, then you do not know Oahu very well yet. In this case, you can be recommended to go to where most tourists rest. These are most likely the best places on the island. The main disadvantage is that there can be too many tourists at the peak of the tourist season. You will be able to choose a different location on your next vacation when you get to know Oahu better.

Most vacationers choose the south and southwest coast of Oahu, the city of Honolulu, the Waikiki region as their vacation destination in Hawaii. Honolulu's favorable tropical climate, rich nature and extensive beaches make it a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Another benefit of living in Honolulu is that you don't have to rent a car. Public transport and taxis may be enough for you. Honolulu International Airport is also nearby.

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Waikiki Beach | Ala Moana Beach Park | Ko Olina Resort | Lanikai Beach | Kailua Beach Park | Sunset Beach | Ehukai Beach Park

In reality, Oahu is not that big. You can visit different beaches and any part of the island while relaxing in any part of the island. Oʻahu is 44 miles long and 30 miles across. Along the coast, the length of the road routes: along the northeast coast - 44 miles, along the north coast - 24 miles (there is no good road in the western part), along the west coast - 22 miles (there is no road in the northern part), along the south coast of the island - 38 miles. You will not have too long trips.

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The weather, climate, nature of different parts of the island differ significantly, and depend on the direction of the winds. Northeast trade winds dominate most of the year in Hawaii and Oahu. The coast can be divided into windward and leeward parts.

In general, the northern and eastern sides of each Hawaiian Island tend to have a windward climate. This side of the island receives slightly more precipitation than other parts of Oahu. Professional surfers can find the beaches here with the best waves.

The southern and western sides of the islands are on the leeward side. The lee coast (south and west) has the best weather all year round, with much less rainfall and nearly constant sunshine.

Honolulu is the main tourist center of the island of Oahu.
The calmest water beaches on Oahu are in downtown Honolulu.

Waikiki Beach. Waikiki Beach, one of the beaches in the area, is the most famous (world famous) beach. If you are looking for a place for a beach holiday, then perhaps) this is what you are looking for. The beach stretches for 1.7 miles, from Hilton Hawaiian Village on the west side to Kapi'olani Park on the east. There are many hotels in close proximity to the beach. You can easily find the right place for you.
Activities: swimming, sunbathing, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, body boarding, shopping, restaurants, nightlife.

Ala Moana Beach Park. This is another great park in downtown Honolulu with free parking, a great beach, and a huge area.

Further west of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Airport, there are many beaches: Iroquois Lagoon Beach, Iroquois Point Beach, Ewa Beach, Oneʻula Beach Park, and several more remote and secluded beaches west of Honolulu. You are better off renting a car to visit these beaches.

Ko Olina Resort. Ko Olina Resort is a vacation and residential community in southwest Ohau (on the leeward coast), 17 miles west of Honolulu. Ko Olina has 2 miles of coastal frontage and includes three natural and four man-made lagoons with white-sand beaches. Great place for your Oahu vacation if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Waikiki! Suitable for families with children. Recommended for accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Oahu, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Beach Villas.

Lanikai Beach. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! It is a half-mile long beach covered with fine white sand.There is an offshore reef that protects the beach from the waves, which makes it a great place for safe swimming. Activities: swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, kayaking, wind surfing. It is suitable for children and families The Lanikai Beach is located on the east coast of Oahu (East Windward Oahu Region). Distance to the beach from the center of Honolulu is approximately 13 miles.

There are no large hotels near these beaches, but we hope that you can find a place to stay. But it's not hard to get from Honolulu either.

Kailua Beach Park. Kailua Beach Park is sometimes called the second most beautiful among all the beaches of Oahu, because Lanikai beach is put in the first place. But some call it the best on Oahu. In any case, these two beautiful beaches are very close and it will not be difficult for you to make your own opinion on the question: "which of these beaches is the best." Kailua Beach Park is located on the east coast of Oahu (East Windward Oahu Region),about 0.3 miles northwest of Lainaki Beach.
Activities: swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, wind surfing.

Kalama Beach is an extension of Kailua Beach, walking distance further northwest. It's a beautiful beach with soft, white sand and you won't find the same crowds as the nearby Kailua Beach. This is a great place for beginner surfers and bodyboarders. Kiteboarders will find good wind here.

Waimanalo Beach. With an overall length of nearly 5.5 miiles, it is the longest stretch of sandy shoreline on Oʻahu. Waimanalo Beach is located on the east windward coast of Oahu, 3 miles south of Lainakai Beach. Distance from downtown Honolulu is approximately 14 miles (by car).

There is Bellows Field Beach Park just north of Waimanalo Beach. You will find a beautiful beach, camping and beach houses there.

Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach Oahu is a landmark of the island of Oahu, a real Mecca for surfers. Sunset Beach provides some of the best waves in the world. If you are not a surfer yourself, come and watch the surfers on the big waves in the winter. In summer you can just sunbathe and swim.
The beach is located on the north coast of Oahu. The driving distance is 37 miles from downtown Honolulu.

Ehukai Beach Park. Ehukai beach is one of the world's most famous surf beaches in the world, sometimes, very beautiful; sometimes, very dangerous.. It is amazing to see some of the world's best surfers ride the waves. This site also holds some of the most popular surfing competitions. Here is, for example, the famous The Banzai Pipeline. Ehukai Beach Park is located just south of Sunset Beach Park on Highway 83.

Waimea Bay Beach Park. It шы probably one of the best beaches on Oahu, tucked away on the North Shore. Waimea Bay is located on north shore oahu region, 1.5 miles south of Ehukai Beach Park. The driving distance is 33 miles from downtown Honolulu. This beach is cnown as one of the world's most famous big-wave surf sites.

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