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Oahu Hawaii Beaches:
Extensive Listing of Oahu's Beautiful Beaches

by Region, including beach descriptions and facilities

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With 112 miles of sandy shoreline, an average year round water temperature of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, a plethera of activities, Waikiki (the most famous strip of beach in the U.S.), and over 130 beaches of varying types, Oahu offers a beach for everyone's style.

Some of Oahu's most beautiful beaches are uncrowded due to tourists and residents alike visiting the most popular beaches. The Windward (East) side of the island has many untouched beaches but there's a reason they call it Windward! On a windy day, you may get sandblasted, on a calmer day you may be just perfect! North Shore beaches can be calm and lovely for swimming in summer months, but turn treacherous, potentially deadly in the winter, with surf reaching up to 50 feet! The beaches on the Leeward (West) side of Oahu tend to have calmer surf but are more crowded.

Beach Activities on Oahu are almost endless! Body surfing, windsurfing, surfing, longboarding, surf lessons, watching professional surfers... Are you noticing a theme here? Boogie boarding, snorkeling, diving, beachcombing, tidepooling, picnicking, volleyball, kayaking, hiking, people watching, sunbathing, jet skiing, waterbiking, canoeing, catamaran rides ... Need we go on?

Now that we've mentioned the fun, there are a few hazards to be aware of while visiting Oahu's fantastic beaches; Surf, limu (stinging seaweed), portuguese man of war, box jellyfish and theft. (Click on the links to learn more.) However, don't let any of these prevent you from enjoying the ocean while on the island! Just use common sense, obey posted warnings, and talk to the lifeguards if you have any questions!


Select a region below for a complete list of Oahu Beaches or
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Honolulu Beaches


Leeward (West) Beaches

North Shore Beaches

Southeast Beaches

Southwest Beaches

Windward (East) Beaches






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TheBus is a great way to get to Oahu's beaches.
Call 808-848-5555, 808-852-6080 (TTY), or visit their website for schedules and information.

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Ocean Safety

When visiting the beach, please follow these Basic Ocean Safety Tips provided by lifeguards:
Swim in Lifeguarded Areas
Ask a Lifeguard About Beach and Surf Conditions Before Swimming
Never Swim Alone & Always Watch Your Children
Don't Dive Into Unknown Water or Into Shallow Breaking Waves
If You Are Unable to Swim Out of a Strong Current, Signal for Help
Rely on Your Swimming Ability Rather Than a Flotation Device
Look For, Read and Obey All Beach Safety Signs and Symbols

In addition, take the advice of old Hawaiians:
Don’t turn your back to the ocean!



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