La creme de la creme courtesy of your No Worries Hawaii guidebook authors.
Spend the day lolling, dipping, reading, splashing.
Larsens Beach A short hike down from pasturelands leads to more than a mile of wild beach. Monk seals and shorebirds like the rough lava-and-coral reef, and backshore flora.
Waiakalua Beach A hike-to-only special near Kilauea. The first beach is easy, and several other secluded beaches are reachable by rock-hopping the shore.
Moloa‘a Bay A few private homes, yes, but this lush stream valley and bay has a half-mile of curving sand and coral tidepools right for a swim.
Mahaulepu A few miles of bumpy road from the Grand Hyatt in Poipu leads to this beach. Great swimming. A coastal trail toward Hoary Head Ridge provides a getaway from this getaway.
Kepuhi Beach You can always find quietude, even when the crowds are pounding Tunnels and Ke‘e beaches, which are just down the road.
Waikoko Beach The north end of Hanalei Bay has some lonesome sand and great mountain views—especially if you take the surfer’s trail and not the roadside turnout.
Kawela Beach Until the nearby Turtle Bay Resort achieves its grandiose expansion plans, this North Shore cove remains a sublime spot for a beach day.
Ka‘alawai Beach Finding and parking near this beach near the Shangri La mansion at Black Point (below Diamond Head) isn’t that easy. That’s why it remains such a find.
Malaekahana State Recreation Area A huge, forest peninsula, rimmed by a sandy beach, points at Goat Island—which beckons adventure snorkelers.
Makaleha Beach Say hi to horses on a short walk though pastures to this beach that is one of the settings for Lost, the television program. Not far from Haleiwa on the Mokuleia Coast. Worth a Look: Eternity Beach (Halona Blow Hole), Laumilo access-Waimanalo Beach (Windward), Makalei Beach Park (near Kapiolani Park)
Po‘olenalena Beach New, big homes have risen in the backshore, but two little beaches near Wailea remain relatively serene—due to many other choices in the vicinity.
Spreckelsville Beach-Sugar Cove True, this run of fine sand is under the flight pattern for the airport. But that doesn’t really spoil getaway. Beach walks also in the offing.
Worth a Look: Maluaka Beach (Makena), Montana Beach (Paia), Oneloa Beach and Windmill Beach (Kapalua)
BIG ISLAND Makalawena Beach A horrendous road and a hot, 45-minute hike thin the visitors to this beautiful run of dunes and trees. One of several Kekaha Kai State Park beaches.
Honomalino Beach Take a 20-minute walk from the village of Miloli‘i, south of Kona, and you reach a crescent beach with palms.
Beach 69 (Waialea Bay) The word is out on this once secret beach next to Hapuna—the state has added a real parking lot, a few tables, and restrooms. But you can still find a private spot.
Kapalaoa Beach Head south on the sand from the popular beach park at Anaeho‘omalu Bay (near the Hilton) to find sand suitable for snorkelers, turtles, and the occasional kite-boarder.
Worth a Look: Kehena Black Sand (19-Mile) Beach (Puna), Alula Beach (Honokohau)
For even more categorized beaches consult your No Worries Hawaii guidebook a companion book to Diamond Valley Company’s Trailblazer Travel Books. These books include more than 1,000 recreational activities and attractions, with 36 maps, and some 900 photographs—much more than could be put into this planning guide. Each island guide gives directions, descriptions, and historical backgrounds for all the activities referenced in No Worries Hawaii—plus many more that didn’t make the cut.
You'll find complete driving directions to all of the above in your Trailblazer Travel Books: Maui Trailblazer, Kauai Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, Hawaii Big Island Trailblazer.