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Lanikai Beach, Kailua

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Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world, Lanikai Beach attracts photographers for the view over two islands called the na mokulua, or mokes. In fact, the coast is often populated with photographers and models working on photo shoots for magazines. The beach is accessible by public paths through a nearby residential neighborhood. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen; the beach has no facilities. Take a look at our Kailua trip itinerary site to schedule your visit to Lanikai Beach and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Fantastic beach and paradise, even having been on 4 July, the beach wasn't all that crowded. The only flaw of a great beach is the lack of parking.
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  • Lanikai beach is hands down one of the best beaches on Oahu. It is fairly away from all the tourists at Waikiki Beach so you will be free to relax and have a great deal of space in. If you want to get...  more »
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  • Less crowded than other beaches in Oahu, really good to have more space on the beach. Water was warm and calm, and the sand is very fine. Parking is a little tricky, we parked on Mokulua Dr, and keep in mind nearby streets are one-way. Just a short walk to the beach from there. No restrooms.
  • This beach is less crowded than others due to its distance from decent parking. However, once you get there it is a pleasant location with great snorkeling. The water is a bit cloudy, but the quantity and variety of marine life was impressive.
  • Really good place for families as the water is calm and there is plenty of coral to do snorkeling around. Also there is a canoe hire which means you can go over to one of the remote islands across the water. Good romantic activity for couples.
  • Gorgeous place to relax with with friends and talk and have fun! Lots of swimmers sunbathers and kayaking going on. Windsurfing and snorkeling too. And if you're feeling adventurous walk up the mountain and take in that view! Great view!!!! Omg and a good workout. Parking at the beach can be annoying but its rarely impossible to find a spot. I mean... if u can't find parking easily then just don't go cuz its gonna be crowded. But yeah super nice and relatively clean!
  • Lanikai Beach is truly one of the most beautiful beaches I've visited. The coconut palm trees grow close to the surf, providing restful shade if desired. Prevailing winds along with crustal blue and turquoise water offer a completely delightful Hawaiian beach experience.

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