Don’t miss out on the most beautiful beach in Hawaii. Escape to Lanikai, which means “heavenly ocean,” where your worries wash away as the waves crash onto the shoreline. Many continue to rank Lanikai as among the best beaches in the world. The island is known for the spectacular views and breathtaking scenery like:
The sunrise and moonrise, seen from this beach, make it a popular spot for viewing.
From this vantage point, we can see the stunning offshore islands known locally as “the Mokes.”
Spectacular panoramic views from the Lanikai Pillbox.
Regardless of the beauty, the development of seawalls has caused erosion to the white-sandy beach, decreasing the beach to half-mile long. Despite the small size, so many revere this beach’s beauty.
The Mokulua Islands are an incredible tropical paradise just off the coast of Lanikai Beach. They have white sand and azure blue waters that make you feel like you’re on a postcard! Both islands are protected sea bird sanctuaries and are only accessible via the Northern Moke beach. Most visitors reach the islands by kayak. You can either bring your kayak or rent one from Kailua Beach.
As a popular spot for locals and a family-friendly destination, this beach provides calm waters that improve the whole experience. Enjoy activities from kayaking to other paddle sports to snorkeling at bay with the coral.
Getting There- Lanikai Beach
From Waikiki, head west on the H1.
Take the Pali Highway (61) until you reach Kailua.
Continue on Kailua Blvd., merge left onto Kuhio Ave.
Turn right onto Lihiwai Rd. and follow it until it turns into Kawaiola Rd.
Turn right into Alala Rd., which will turn into Mokulua Drive.
Follow Mokumanu Drive as it loops around to the ocean side of Aalapapa Dr. That’s where you’ll find all of the beach access points, plus parking lots too.
Start to look for parking once you locate Kawailoa Rd. You can find a more secluded beach at the Kuailima Dr. access point (as it’s further down Aalapapa Dr.).
Essential Tips for a Great Visit to Lanikai Beach
Here are some tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable!
Public access: One can only access the beach by the public access walkways. The walkways to the Lanikai Beach begin in between the residential homes. Please proceed on the walkway concerning the private properties. Look for the pillar with the sign “Lanikai,” which stands near the beach’s entrance.
Parking: Many people struggle to find parking during the weekend or vacation season but avoid parking illegally as fines are excessive.
Best days to visit: The best time to visit Lanikai Beach on Oahu is during the week when it tends to be quieter and less crowded.
Stinging creatures: Watch out for the Portuguese Man-of-War (jellyfish) and stinging limu (seaweed), especially from June through September. Wearing swimming shoes or fins may help.
No lifeguards: Keep an eye on your kids and yourself at Lanikai Beach – there’s no lifeguard on duty.
Lanikai Beach Amenities
Lanikai Beach lacks most amenities, including on-duty lifeguards and a public parking lot. Fortunately, Kailua Beach Park has restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor shower facilities.