Our List of the Top Beaches in Hawaii
Oahu’s north shore is home to several pristine beaches
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Where to go for your dose of sun, sea and sand
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For more Hawaii travel inspiration, check out the Oahu feature in the Summer 2021 issue of Club Traveler, where we spotlight two popular water activities — outrigger canoeing and snorkeling with turtles. Also, be sure to always exercise caution when engaging in water sports at all beaches, as there might not always be a lifeguard on duty.
Hawaii is renowned for its beautiful beaches, and it has the accolades to show for it. Recently, The Big Island’s Hapuna Beach — a state park with a long, unbroken coastline of honey-hued sands and crystal-clear waters — was rated the best beach in the United States by Dr. Beach. In sixth place was Duke Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu — well-loved by families with young kids, who appreciate its calm waters and picturesque views of Diamond Head in the distance.
Beyond these two award-winning beaches, here are five other top-rated stretches of sand to visit on your next trip to Hawaii with Hilton Grand Vacations.
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For surfing: ’Ehukai Beach, Oahu
With waves soaring over 30 feet during the winter months (November to February), it’s no wonder this beach frequently ranks among the best surfing spots in the world. Even if you’re not an avid surfer, there’s still plenty of fun to be had watching the pros showcase their skills on the water.
’Ehukai Beach on Oahu is a surfing hotspot
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If you’re traveling to Oahu, make your base at Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations, where the one-bedroom suites come with fully equipped kitchens and spacious bathrooms. What’s more, the resort’s rooftop plunge pool was recently named among the best in Hawaii.
Over on The Big Island, Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations offers easy access to the numerous dining, shopping and recreational options of nearby Hilton Waikoloa Village. It is also within easy reach of the 27-hole Waikoloa Beach and Kings’ Courses.
If you’re planning to stay on Maui instead, the highly anticipated Maui Bay Villas by Hilton Grand Vacations opens its doors in November 2021, making it our first resort on the Hawaiian island. Take a sneak peek at the property here.
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For snorkeling: Honolua Bay, Maui
Designated as a Marine Life Conservation District, Honolua Bay on the northwestern end of Maui is home to an incredible diversity of aquatic animals. Snorkelers will get the chance to swim alongside butterflyfish, parrot fish, turtles, eels, squirrel fish and more.
The clear waters of Honolua Bay on Maui make it perfect for snorkeling
For families: Old Kona Airport State Park, The Big Island
Originally built in the 1940s, this former airport has been converted into a beach and entertainment venue. Today, it’s a bustling spot popular with locals and tourists alike, with its expansive sands, fascinating lava tunnels and tidal pools ripe for exploration.
Old Kona Airport State Park on The Big Island is a peaceful beach that’s ideal for families
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For sunset views: Sunset Beach, Oahu
No prizes for guessing how this beach got its moniker. Situated on the north shore of Oahu, it is one of the best places in Hawaii to admire the sunset. Every evening, the sky is burnished with a palette of pinks, ochres and lavenders, making for truly postcard-perfect views.
Soak up the evening views at Sunset Beach on Oahu
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For peace and quiet: Makua Beach, Oahu
If you’re looking to avoid the tourist crowds, make your way up the leeward coast of Oahu toward Makua Beach. This remote stretch of sand is backed by the beautiful Waianae Mountain Range and Makua Valley, and offers a peaceful respite for stressed-out urbanites.
Avoid the crowds at tranquil Makua Beach on Oahu
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Where to Stay
Planning Tip: To avoid Hawaii’s mandatory, 10-day self-quarantine for visitors from outside the Aloha State, you’ll need to upload a valid, negative COVID-19 test from a trusted partner to the Safe Travels website before arrival. Travelers who have been vaccinated in the United States may travel to Hawaii without any pre-travel testing or quarantine requirements. Proof of vaccination must be uploaded to the Safe Travels website before arrival.