Hawaii · Travel

Hawaii (Day 5) – Waimanalo + Lanikai Beach


This was our one true beach day.  We had been wanting to give body boarding (boogie boarding?) a try, so we rented one from the resort for the day and off we go.

First up was the Waimanalo Beach, which is located on the windward side of Oahu off highway 72, and it took us a little under an hour to get there from Waikiki.  Waimanalo Beach is consisted of a 4-mile stretch of sand and is a great place to learn how to bodyboard or simply jumping the waves.

(Waimanalo Beach)

Our original plan was to hit Waimanalo in the morning, head to Kailua for lunch and then hop over to Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach in the afternoon.  But we had so much fun playing in the water at Waimanalo Beach that we ended up spending more time there than we intended to.  It was already past lunch time when we got done so we just quickly grabbed a bite from a nearby roadside ‘diner’ (not sure if it can even be called a diner but it was certainly not the most comfortable experience as there were flies all over the place in the eating area, yuck!).

We decided to skip Kailua Beach since it’s more crowded, but we did stop by to utilize its facilities before heading over to Lanikai Beach which is just around the corner (there are no facilities available at Lanikai Beach).

Lanikai Beach is famous for its calm water and beautiful white soft sand, and is rated one of the best beaches in Oahu.  It is kind of hidden in a quiet residential area in Kailua.  There is a beach access path at the intersection of Mokulua Drive and Kaiolena Drive, but you will need to find your own street parking.


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It is impossible to describe in words just how beautiful Lanikai Beach truly is.  Its prestine sand and calm surf creates a tranquil little piece of heaven.  We kept it very low key and just relaxed on the beach, while the kids played in the sand.  It’s as if the time just stood still for a while there for us, without any worries to weigh us down, only what’s right in front of us and feeling completely content.  If this is not paradise, I don’t know what is…


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