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Beaches of Oahu

Oahu has a wide variety of beaches to choose from when deciding where to spend the day. There's secluded, famous, surfing, wildlife, and snorkeling beaches, just to name a few.
Oahu has a wide variety of beaches to choose from when deciding where to spend the day. There's secluded, famous, surfing, wildlife, and snorkeling beaches, just to name a few.
Leslee Haralson

If you love the beach, Oahu is your paradise. With countless beaches ranging from tiny and secluded to vast and wildly popular; from white powdery sand perfect for sun worshiping, to black lava rock where snorkeling is prime, the choices are nearly endless and the only problem may be deciding where to spend the day.

Want something secluded? You will likely be the only one in sight on this out of the way beach accessible only by walking or ATV. Hidden Beach is located on the way to Ka'ena Point and is ideal for a beach chair or towel and a book! People have been known to pitch theirs tents here and make a weekend of it.

It's hard to find a more picturesque beach than Waimea Bay. Located on the North Shore, Waimea is an excellent surfing beach in the winter, but an have dangerous riptides. In the summer the water is smooth as glass and magical for swimming and snorkeling.

Not to be overlooked is world famous Waikiki Beach with landmark Diamond Head in the background. People come from all over the world to spend a few days on this expensive strip of sand. Newlyweds still dressed in wedding garb come here in limousines to take pictures in the extraordinary setting. Every kind of beach activity is available from surfing and paddle boarding to wading and submarine rides.

Who doesn't want to see a sea turtle on a trip to Hawaii? Commonly known as Turtle Beach since it's a favorite haunt of the large reptiles, people can swim here or just watch the turtles. In the early morning hours it's not uncommon to find people metal detecting, hoping to find a treasure some unlucky tourist lost. There are usually a few turtles swimming next to shore or sunning themselves in the sand.

A bit north of Turtle Beach is Shark’s Cove, an ideal snorkeling location protected from the jostling surf by a ring of rocks. Many varieties of tropical fish find their way into the cove to the delight of snorkelers of all ages. TIP: Don’t pass up a stop at nearby Ted’s bakery where delicious homemade sweet treats are in high demand.

The majority of beaches in Hawaii have restroom and changing buildings and outdoor showers to wash off the sand and salt. Some beaches have parking lots, but it's not unusual to just pull off on the side of the road to park. TIP: Be sure to watch for no parking signs and be careful of traffic when crossing streets. Gorgeous beaches surround the island of Oahu. Since it may be hard to choose, you just might have to try them all.

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