While we can definitely appreciate the sentiment that “any beach in Hawaii is a good one,” we asked our readers from around the world to break it down and choose their favorite beach (It’s a hard job but someone has to do it). Here’s what they said.
1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Touristy doesn’t have to be a bad word. For most visitors to our beautiful Islands, Waikiki is the gateway, their first gorgeous experience dipping their toes in the sand and frolicking in the warm, gentle, tropical waves. No wonder, then, this friendly beach was voted No. 1 by thousands of our readers.
2. Kaanapali Beach, Maui
West Maui’s signature beach, a spectacular 3-mile curve of perfect white sand and crystal-clear blue water fronting the Kaanapali resorts, was the former retreat of Maui’s royalty and is incredibly popular with visitors today.
3. Hapuna Beach, Hawaii Island
One of the largest white-sand beaches on Hawaii Island, Hapuna Beach is located in a state park and is known for its consistently good conditions for swimming, bodyboarding, sunbathing and snorkeling.
4. Lanikai Beach, Oahu
Consistently described as the most beautiful beach on Oahu, dreamy Lanikai is a destination beach just outside a residential district that offers a stretch of protected, tranquil, aqua-blue water and soft, powdery white sand. Easily identified by the two islands in the background called collectively as the Mokulua (“two islands”), Lanikai is also a great place to watch the moon rise, especially on a full moon.
5. Poipu Beach, Kauai
This alluring beach on Kauai’s south side is a series of beautiful golden-sand crescents with clear blue water great for snorkeling, swimming, boogie-boarding and surfing. The unusual reef formations just offshore ensure that the water is calm year-round, and a protected wading pool makes it especially popular for families with small children. The beach is also famous for its endangered Hawaiian monk seals that sometimes sunbathe on the shore.
For the entire list of winners in our March/April 2017 “2017 Readers’ Choice Awards,” purchase online or call circulation at 1-800-788-4230.