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Oahu’s Best Kept Secret Beaches

By on August 11, 2016

Oahu is an island in Hawaii and it has lots of beaches for tourists and locals to enjoy. Surprisingly, a few of these beaches aren’t as famous as they ought to be. That’s not exactly a bad thing. The locals aren’t talking about these Oahu secret beaches, probably so they can keep it for themselves alone. But since you’re reading this article, we will let you in on some of the best Hawaii secret beaches that only insiders know about.

How To Get To Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach

The name means “heavenly ocean”, which is just perfect for a beach of such beauty. Beach bums will tell you it’s widely considered as the best beach in all of Oahu. It’s also often mentioned by experts in lists of the best beaches in the world. The moment you walk down the public beach access alleyway, you’ll be amazed by the panoramic miles of blue serenity.

It’s still remains a secret, however because the local government isn’t going out of its way to show you how to get there. You won’t find any posted beach signs and going by bus is a nightmare, since it’ll take you 1.5 hours and 3 bus transfers from Waikiki.

If you’re coming from Waikiki, you have to bring a map and get onto the H-1 Freeway headed west on your car. Take the Pali Hwy (Hwy 61) over to Kailua and then Turn right on Kailua St. Stay on this street as you merge left towards the ocean. Turn right onto Kawailoa St. and follow until it turns into Aalapapa, which loops around and turns into Mokumanu on the Oceanside.

From Mokumanu, turn left down Kaiolena Dr. to get to the main beach area. Turn left down Kuailima Dr if you want more privacy. Either way, you won’t be sorry! 

How To Get To Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach

This is another secret beach on the west shore of Oahu, and it’s not one of the most popular even with its beautiful blue water and virtually white sand. You will see turtles feeding on reef seaweed in the early morning. Part of the problem is that there’s also another Turtle Beach in the North shore. But that one’s Hawaiian name is Laniakea Beach, and the one we’re referring to is Papaoneone Beach.

Just drive along the west shore, until you get to the small dirt parking area along the road. There are 3 narrow public access walkways you can take to get to the beach.

How To Get To Kawela Bay

Kawela Bay

This is one of the most secluded beaches on the island, which is partly why it’s not so well-known. A resort was once planned here, so the former residents were evicted. But the resort didn’t happen, so now it remains undeveloped. It’s heavily protected because of the reef, and the waters are calm all year round.

You can find Kawela Bay easily enough in the North Shore, near the Turtle Bay Resort. Just walk along the shore from the resort for about 30 minutes and you’ll get there. Or you can park along Kamehameha Highway near the Haleiwa Farmer’s Market and hike to the beach.

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