Located in the small town of Kailua on the windward coast of Hawaii, the Lanikai Beach offers a mix of the calm turquoise water and fine white sand.
The views are incredible, renowned as a wonderful place to observe fantastic sunrises or catch the full moon rising. The tranquil ocean makes it an ideal place for small children to splash in the shallow waters.
Getting there and getting around
It’s a 30-40 min drive from Waikiki. Head west along the H-1 freeway, then take the Pali Highway (Hwy61) to Kailua. Parking is restricted to the street and access to the beach is on foot. Unfortunately, this is not well suited for wheelchairs.
One can also get there by bus. This entails taking a bus trip with one transfer and a shuttle service from downtown Kailua to Lanikai beach.
Cycling is popular around the town.
The most popular way of getting up and down the coast is by kayak, which is available for hire.
On the beach
The ocean off Lanikai has been described as a big swimming pool, because of the calm waters. It’s great for swimming.
However, the beach has basically no facilities. There are no lifeguards, restrooms or showers. As there are no vendors, visitors should take their own refreshments and bring umbrellas, beach chairs.
Some homeowners have provided hosepipes on the walkways, so people can rinse off on their way back from the beach.
Attractions near the beach
A little way from the shore is coral outcrops which make for good snorkeling and diving. One can swim among the tropical fish, and Green Sea Turtles are seasonal visitors.
The Kailua Beach Park is close by and offers a host of facilities and activities. These include picnic tables and barbecue pits, beach volleyball, restrooms, and showers.
Stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, and kayaking are very popular water sports along Lanikai Beach.
The area offers some great eco-tourism, with awesome walking and cycling trails around Kailua.
Shopping & dining
The town offers a nice selection of restaurants, catering for all tastes. There are some great places to try local cooking and a variety of restaurants serving international cuisine.
There are some interesting shops and boutiques in Kailua. It’s a great place to browse through local crafts and fashion. There is also a good number of shops that sell beach apparel and accessories.
Lanikai Beach makes a perfect destination for people who want get away from their everyday hustle and bustle.
Hotels near the beach
There are no hotels or resorts in the town. However, there’s a good selection of B&Bs and rental properties available. There are a variety of options ranging from affordable single and family accommodation to luxury rentals and B&Bs.
Some hotels that are located close to Lanikai Beach are:
Paradise Bay Resort Hawaii
47-039 Lihikai Dr, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
450 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
445 Seaside Ave, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Vive Hotel Waikiki
2426 Kuhio Avenue, Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI