1090 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
A favorite among locals for decades, Lanikai Beach’s soft, powdery white sand and mild, turquoise waters are perfect for a lazy day hangout. Kaiula Bay protects the shore, making for gentle waves conducive to swimming and snorkeling around the coral reef areas. The beach’s popularity has increased in recent years, so it’s best to come during the weekdays, as the weekends can bring large crowds of tourists. Things to bear in mind before visiting: there is no lot, so you’ll have to park in residential areas. Also, no restroom/shower facilities are provided, nor are there lifeguards on duty so exercise caution in the water.