Best Waikiki Beaches for Swimming, Relaxing, and Floating

by Amy Anne

1. Ala Moana Beach

The Ala Moana Beach Park is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. The 100 acre beach park is home to a half-mile long golden sand beach. The entire beach is guarded by a large coral reef, reducing nearly all waves down to ankle high height.

2. Kuhio Beach Park

Kuhio Beach is within walking distance of Waikiki and arguably has the calmest water in the area. This is due to the man-made sea wall that breaks all incoming surf. You can think of this beach as a giant salt water swimming pool!

3. Waikiki Beach

This may be the most popular beach in all of Oahu. Waikiki Beach is right in the center of the hotel zone and one of the main destinations of all visitors. This beach can have some fair sized waves at the shoreline, but once you get past the break, there is some 200 yards of calm water.

4. Kaimana Beach

Kaimana Beach Park is at the far eastern end of the Waikiki strip, near Kapiolani Park. Outside of it’s calm waters, this small beach is popular because of the grass area near the beach that allows for BBQs, luaus, and other group events.

5. Fort DeRyussy Beach

Unless you’re staying at one of the large beachfront hotels nearby, you may never know that the Fort DeRyussy Beach exists. While it feels like it is exclusive to Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hale Koa Hotel, and a couple other hotel guests, it is a public beach on the western side of the Waikiki strip, with long stretches of sand and soothing waves.

6. Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

This small, but sparkling salt water lagoon is right next to Fort DeRyussy Beach and is a great destination if you are looking for shallow water with absolutely no waves. The lagoon is filtered through a waterfall in the center island!

7. Queen's Beach

Waikiki - Queen's Beach

Located between the Kuhio Beach Park and The Waikiki aquarium, Queens Beach offers another great location for swimming in the warm calm Oahu waters!

If you want the relaxing feeling of floating in the pool, but the open space of the ocean, the the Waikiki beaches above won’t disappoint. 

Before you head out, be sure to purchase your Beach Bundle loaded with inflatables and beach accessories for a fun and memorable Hawaiian vacation!

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