Best Beaches Outside of Waikiki

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(Last Updated On: October 26, 2017)

When looking for top destinations for a tropical getaway or vacation, one of the places that come into mind is the US state of Hawaii. It’s famous all around the world for its clear blue waters, majestic cliffs, surfing, good food, and the multitude of activities packed in such a small archipelago. Of course, it can also bring a little bit of nostalgia for those who grew up with the popular Disney movie (and later series) Lilo and Stitch.

It’s easy to fall in love with Hawaii – whether you are looking for thrills and adventures, or are just looking for a relaxing time amidst the salty waters and sandy beaches. The archipelago has a lot to offer – from its variety of water activities, to hiking and land adventures, to even historical and cultural lessons from places such as the Pearl Harbor and the Cultural Center.

Hawaii remails to be the go-to place for its beaches, however, particularly because of the abundance of their white sandy shores, year-round summer which is a nice escape from all the autumnal leaves or wintry snows, and overall breathtaking views. Tourists are treated to a grand time of spending the day under the sun, with the sand between their toes, or wading in the pristine waters.

Waikiki Beach, the beachfront neighborhood of the capital Honolulu, is one of the most popular beach destinations in Hawaii, but it can be a little blasé for those who are looking for more go-to spots in the state outside of the neighborhood. After all, Waikiki Beach is not the only beach in the whole of Hawaii, and it can be a nice change of pace checking out the others and seeing what they can offer you and your family or friends.

Here are some of the most famous, must-visit beaches outside of Waikiki that you should definitely visit on your vacation:

1.Waimānalo Beach, located at about a 45-minute drive from Waikiki Beach, is famous for its long stretches of white sand, contrasting hundreds of towering ironwood trees, and clear, turquoise waters.

2. Waimea Bay, which is perfect for surfers and even thrill seekers who are not fond of surfing. You can jump off the large rock on the right, or go swim through the underwater tunnels of the rock, with fish, sea turtles, and other marine animals.

3. Lanikai Beach, which is world-renowned for its breathtaking view, crystal-clear waters, and powdery white sand. It is also one of the most popular spots in Hawaii for photo shoots for renowned models and photographers worldwide.

4. Sunset Beach, which, like Waimea Bay, is regarded as one of the surfing meccas in the Pacific. Big waves come during the winter, but during the summertime, guests and tourists enjoy swimming and snorkeling with a very mild swell.

5. Makaha Beach, which is regarded by the locals as one of the best spots to snorkel due to its wide array of underwater life. It’s a lot less touristy, and is much cheaper than Waikiki.

Check out the infographic by Go Hawaii Tours to learn more about these top destinations:

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