The Most Breathtaking Beaches in Hawaii

Donkey Beach:

Despite its unappealing name, Donkey Beach is a beautiful spot that has gained popularity over the years. Named after the mules that once worked on the nearby plantation, it was once a secluded haven for sunbathers seeking a full-body tan but has since become more frequented by visitors.

Poipu Beach:

Located in a desert-like region of Kauai, Poipu Beach offers a unique ecosystem with cacti and dry landscapes. This beach is a striking contrast to the lush, tropical scenery typically associated with Hawaii.

Glass Beach:

Near Hanapepe, Glass Beach is an unusual but fascinating destination. Once a dumping ground for old cars and bottles, the ocean has transformed the discarded glass into smooth, colorful pebbles that now cover the beach.

Waikiki Beach:

One of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach on Oahu spans two miles of coastline. It was a favorite playground of Hawaiian royalty and remains a hotspot for surfers and paddleboarders, offering perfect conditions for these activities.

Hanauma Bay:

A nature preserve rather than a typical beach, Hanauma Bay is renowned for its snorkeling opportunities. Once overrun by tourists, it has been restored to a pristine state, offering a chance to see a variety of marine life, including the elusive moray eel.

Lanikai Beach:

Known for its calm waters and soft sand, Lanikai Beach lives up to its name, meaning "heavenly sea." It's an ideal spot for families with children, providing a safe environment for playing in the water.

Ka anapali Beach:

Once named America s Best Beach, Ka anapali Beach on Maui boasts a sandy bottom that extends far into the ocean, making it perfect for swimming. Its three miles of sand offer a pleasant experience free from sharp coral and shells.

Red Sand Beach:

Also known as Kaihalulu, Red Sand Beach is a secluded gem in the town of Hana. Its remote location keeps it lightly trafficked, making it a peaceful retreat. The unique red sand and occasional nudists add to its charm and allure.