Oahu's paradise in the east of the island
Turquoise waters and endless fine white sandy beach, which slopes gently into the sea. Oahu has many breathtaking beaches. The beach in Lanikai is without question one of the best among them and also one of the most beautiful in the world.
Lanikai means heavenly sea and the beach lives up to its name. Originally, the beach was much wider, but was significantly reduced by private houses and the construction of a wall, which stands directly on the beach. Exactly between these private houses is also the access to Lanikai Beach. If you don't know that the beach exists, you will quickly overlook the small alley that forms the entrance to the beach and the beauty will remain hidden. However, if you are looking for the beach intentionally, you will find the access. Lanikai Beach is one of the quiet beaches and there are no signs to guide the way. Once the entrance is spotted between residential buildings, only a few meters separate you from the shimmering sea. Turquoise, crystal clear water washes in gentle waves onto the fine sandy beach. It is hard not to drop everything to jump into the cool water.
Some might have the idea to bring snorkelling equipment, but Lanikai is not suitable for this at all. There is no offshore reef and which is why only a few fish swim close to the beach. If you are looking for a change of pace and can't stand lying lazy in the sun all day, you have another option. Many visitors at Lanikai Beach rent canoes from the neighbouring beach park to paddle to one of the two offshore islands. It is fascinating seeing the beach from a different perspective. Together with the backdrop of the Koolau Mountains in the background, it makes for a unique and beautiful picture.
If you are looking for spectacular sunrises, this is the place to be. The sun appears on the horizon in breathtaking hues, rising up the sky as a ball of fire colouring the sea and sand in orange colours. Note: Before deciding to get up very early for the sunrise, check the weather for the next day. On cloudy days, it is not worth setting an alarm clock.
Mokulua Islands (The Twin Islands)
From Lanikai Beach, you can see the Mokulua Islands (Nā Mokulua), which are well known for Oahu. The two offshore islands of Moku Nui and Moku Iki are also called
The Twin Islands Moku Nui is about 70 meters high and 300 x 250 meters in size. Moku Iki, on the other hand, is only about 45 meters high and measures about 265 x 215 meters.
Good to know
Lanikai Beach is one of the beaches that have retained their naturalness. This is why little to no facilities are offered to visitors. The beach itself offers no possibility to buy food. If you want to spread out a picnic on the beach, it is best to bring a cooler with enough snacks.
There is no supervision or lifeguards here. The waves at Lanikai Beach are gentle and calm but those who want to swim in the sea should do so with a healthy dose of caution. Also, there are neither washrooms nor toilets. Those who do not want to miss a shower after bathing in crystal clear water can stop at Kailua Beach Park. All facilities are available there.
Directions and parking:
The best option is to arrive with your car or a rental car. Alternatively, the beach is also accessible by bus. However, this is associated with some effort and from Waikiki, you have to change buses two or three times. Those who drive to the beach with their car should pay attention to where the car is parked. Parking lots are not available here and many visitors choose the roadside in front of the beach because parking on the street between the residential buildings is prohibited and strictly monitored by officials.