In the town of Kailua near the southern most point of Kailua Bay is Lanikai Beach the best beach on Oahu and may say the best beach in the world. This beach is nestled in a residential area of the island of Oahu and is known for calmer waters allowing swimmers and beginning snorkelers to enjoy the waters of paradise.
During the winter months on a weekend you will find this beach to be one of Oahu’s hotspots. This beach is what you picture in your mind when you think of Hawaii. This has got to be the beach that they use for all those cliché screensavers from the nineties. Stepping onto this beach makes one feel they have been transplanted into a beach movie.
The best time to enjoy this beach is on a weekday when it is serene and quiet. This half mile long stretch of beach on the eastern shore of Oahu is perfect for relaxing. You can access the beach through many public points along Mokulua Drive.
There are so many reasons that attribute to why this beach is the best in the world and voted so year after year. There is an offshore reef that provides protection for the waters near the beach’s shore. This is the best beach on Oahu for families especially those with small children because of the calm waters making for perfect swim and snorkel conditions. There are two off shore bird sanctuaries at this beach known as Mokuluas. This is a fantastic spot for enthusiastic swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy a variety of the island’s vast and beautiful wildlife. You can rent a kayak from a nearby place and take a ride out to the sanctuaries. To get a better view you can take the steep trek up the Lanikai pillbox Trail past the old World War II bunkers known as pillboxes hence the name and look down on all the beauty that is Lanikai. This beach is rustic and charming there are no restaurants, hotels, souvenir stands, or even lifeguard hear just raw natural beauty.