Lanikai Beach, The best in the world (with Map & Photos)

Lanikai Beach is located on the southeast coast of Oahu and has been ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, along with neighboring Kailua Beach. Turquoise waters, soft white sands and gently swaying palm trees epitomize South Pacific paradise. There are even times when you can be alone. Of course, when the wind dies down, hordes of energetic windsurfers quickly dissolve any fantasy of being marooned on a tropical island.

Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach

As with all beaches in Hawaii, conditions are changeable. Check with lifeguards or locals before entering the water and always use caution.

Lanikai, which translates to “Heavenly Waters,” is a beachside community with exclusive Lanikai villas and condo rentals on a reef-protected turquoise blue bay. Right next to Kailua Town, the two communities together offer the best that Oahu has to offer, without the hassle of the crowds. You'll find a variety of activities in the area, including swimming, sunbathing on soft white sand beaches, snorkeling and scuba diving, sailing, hiking, and golfing. Kailua Beach is known as one of the best windsurfing beaches in the islands.

Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach

There is also a wide range of accommodation, unique dining experiences, boutique shopping and markets. All of this and you're just twenty minutes from the Honolulu airport and Waikiki beaches ! For the ultimate Hawaiian relaxation, Lanikai offers visitors a place where the past resides peacefully with the comforts of the present.

You may want to kayak to the Mokulua Islands, offshore. Lanikai Beach has the best view of these twin islands, recognized throughout the world. The Mokulua Islands are approximately half a mile off the coast of Lanikai. These islands are home to many birds such as the I`wa, as well as providing a destination for fun recreational activities such as surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and paddle boarding.

Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach

Only Moku Nui, seen on the left when facing them from Lanikai Beach, is open for landing. Visitors are restricted to the beach so as not to step on the many seabird nests. This beautiful island has a magnificent beach, an impressive double mountain and stunning views of the coastline. Its slightly smaller twin, Moku Iki, is almost its spitting image, but officially you're not allowed to land on it (bird sanctuary). You can rent a kayak from a rental “van” in front of the park. The water is clear so you can see the sand and coral below.

There are a couple of islands near Lanikai that you can kayak to.

Lanikai is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Without a doubt, the best on Oahu. The sand is soft and fine, the water is warm, calm and clear, it is a very quiet and secluded island.

Lanikai Beach Map