Stunning Beaches

Kee Beach
Kee Beach
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Hawaii has an unparalleled variety of beautiful beaches that vary in shape, size, wave action and sand color. They can be found on almost every point on the compass, on any given island and at any time of the year. Hawaii's beaches offer visitors and locals alike nearly every water activity under the sun, from canoeing, kayaking, scuba, Snuba and snorkeling to surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing, water skiing and more! The less energetic amongst you, however, may prefer to just kick back and soak up the sun.

Waimea Bay
Waimea Bay
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Visit Waikiki Beach, the world’s most famous shoreline, with its newly renovated promenade, timeless vistas and gentle surf. Waikiki's two-mile stretch of sand is home to a plethora of ocean activities. But many sun worshippers opt to simply stretch out and relax. Another option is to escape to Kauai's secluded Lumahai Beach, which twists around a rocky cliff for added privacy. It was here that the classic musical South Pacific was filmed in 1958 and little has changed since 1958. Then again, little has probably changed since 1858.

Waikiki Beach Oahu
Waikiki Beach Oahu
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Want to watch the wind? Then journey to Maui's Hookipa Beach, just outside of Paia and the airport. With a steady, strong breeze and good-sized waves, daring windsurfers perform graceful acrobatics on their ocean stage. Another option is to share the reef with a World War II Liberty ship run aground at Lanai's appropriately named Shipwreck Beach. Wreckage has never been so peaceful.

Polihale Beach Kauai
Polihale Beach Kauai
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Lose yourself in the solitude of Molokai's Halawa Bay - protected from the raging surf, far far away - where you can snorkel, fish and swim. How about visiting the Big Island's Kaunaoa Beach, also known as Mauna Kea Beach? This crescent of sand lies at the foot of a steep lava cove while the beach itself is long, wide and excellent for swimming. You can feel free to explore any sandy area that catches your eye, no matter how big or small — just make sure you use a designated public beach access, then relax and enjoy...