Beaches / Coastlines, Oahu
Fondest memory: There is nothing better in my opinion than having a beachfront room with a balcony. First off, the views are spectacular; there is no compare. Second, and my favorite is going to sleep with the balcony doors open with the sounds of the waves hitting the sand. It is truly one of my favorite things being lulled to sleep by the sound of the water. After such blissful sleep it's hard to go home and sleep without the ocean beneath our window.
Fondest memory: There is nothing more spectacular than a Rainbow in the sky. They always amaze me.... During our last visit to Hawaii we had several rainbows appear in the sky. One morning we had a double rainbow over the water as we sat on the veranda to eat breakfast; it made for a beautiful setting.
Since the state law prohibits private beaches, the whole island is yours to enjoy, just choose your piece of sandy shoreline and enjoy the sun. There are many types of activities in the water so some beaches are suitable for surfing, some for snorkeling or diving, some for kite surfing, and some are for spoiled people like Nathalie_B who doesn’t like to step on stones when in the water and looks for silky-sandy bottom.
And, of course, beaches are the best place for sunset or sunrise watching depends on what side of the island you are. In other words…. Paradise!
If you are planning to explore the island and visit beachs other than Waikiki, I would highly recommend "Beaches of Oahu" by John R. K. Clark. The author has been involved in ocean resuce for many years and also has a degree in Hawaiian Studies so the book provides very practical information regarding the beaches themselves (facilities, swimming conditions, water safety, etc.) as well as historical and cultural information which that an interesting context for visiting the beaches. I couldn't find it on Amazon but it can be ordered through the University of Hawaii press.
From the University of Hawai'i Press Website (http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu):
Beaches of Oahu, rev. ed.
by John R. K. Clark
"A valuable read for every resident who loves going to the beach." --Free Surf Magazine, February 2005
"A must for Hawaii fans" --Chicago Tribune, 13 February 2005
Now completely revised and updated, this edition of Beaches of O`ahu offers sixty new color photos of the island's spectacular beaches and coastline by photographer Mike Waggoner, a water safety section, and 22 newly drawn maps locating more than 130 beaches and shoreline parks. The beach descriptions and maps include many of the island's popular surfing sites. All beaches, known and relatively unknown, are listed with their physical characteristics, recreational uses, historic and cultural significance, and any dangers that beach-goers may encounter. Each beach is identified by its official and unofficial, or popular, name (if any) used by residents. When available, the author has added brief histories of beaches as handed down through the native Hawaiian oral tradition and related Hawaiian chants and verses.
John R. K. Clark is deputy fire chief for the City and County of Honolulu. He is the author of The Beaches of Maui County, Beaches of the Big Island, Beaches of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau, Hawai`i's Best Beaches, and Hawai`i Place Names: Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites (all available from UH Press).
Fondest memory: There are at least 50 beach parks on the island of O'ahu...so take the time to visit as many of them as possible. From the least crowded beaches on the North shore to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki Beach.
Fondest memory: I was last here in 1988 with my mom and brother. We had a great time and toured the island from the start to the end of our vacation. One of the places where we stopped was Waiahole Beach Park. Located across the water from the beach is Mokolii Island (also known as Chinaman's Hat). Great photo-op and of course my mom loved to pose...lol...she has passed away now, but just going back to that location brought back many great memories.
The beaches, and look out points along Hawaii Kai are great for whale watching, and other wild life spottings. Here's a picture of a Hawaiian Monk Seal at Sandy beach, that decided to come up on shore and chill out in the sun for a while.
Hawaiian Monk Seals are a protected and endangered species in Hawaii. It is common though to see Monk Seals hangin out on sandy beach.
You never know what you might see...
It is also very common to see Humpback whales swiming offshore during the fall and winter month for they mate in the area.
Favorite thing: This is a guardshack at the North Shore of Oahu. On this day the beach was closed due to high surf but these guards must be incredibly strong and skilled to work the pounding surf of the North Shore of Hawaii.
This Blow hole is a favorite diving and snorkeling site, but also the most dangerous
onthe Island of Oahu.
There is a strong Current here and slippery
Rocks , there are no life guards here , so it can be dangerous.
The nearest facilities to the Blow Hole is Sandy beach a little North of Blow Hole.
Fondest memory: To get to the Blow Hole on the South East Shore you pass Hanauma Bay and there will be a Tourist Turnout at the road.
Obviously, Hawaii is known for it's beautiful beaches! Please be sure to visit several of our beaches ... Drive around the island and you are bound to see several that are very inviting! Some secluded, some very populated, some for snorkeling some for watching surfers ... pick your mood.
Fondest memory: Hawaii's beaches are truly beautiful. I would miss them all! I love being on the Northshore side of the island where the population is mainly locals and the waves are high. I love scouring the beach in the morning for seashells.
You must experience an Hawaiian sunset. This won't be hard as they are not exactly rare. Sit in the early evening, picnic on the beach or at a beachside bar and watch the transformation of the glorious azure skies as they fade and the golden then rich orange/red shades take over. Just spectacular.
After three years in Hawaii you'd think I would be sick of it, but no way.
The day before I left I was at Waikiki enjoying a beautiful evening. we always had great weather in Hawaii, and as I was floating out in the water I looked around and just tried to soak in everything.
Here are a few memories
The smell of tropical flowers in Honolulu Airport stays emblazened on my mind.
The lei stand outside the airport.
Big Kahuna's Pizza
Running the Honolulu marathon
The perimeter road race
Running at Kapiolani park and around diamond head
my first triathlon
Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona
Bodyboarding at north shore and being pummeled by waves.
cycling all over
driving to the north shore up kam hwy and catching the view as i crest the hill that gives the vista of it all.
golfing after work
too many to list 'em all, but that's a few
Fondest memory: You might, for example, get away from it all and still have access to everything by booking a stay on the island's north shore. Numerous vacation rentals and bed and breakfast spots are available there. Home to some of the best surfing beaches in the world, the north shore's laid-back lifestyle also makes it a popular destination for Honolulu residents who want to kick back without traveling far from home.
Fondest memory: If it's bright lights, nightlife and beaches you're after, Waikiki is probably where you'll wind up. Come to think of it, that's probably where you'll end up like it or not. The overwhelming majority of Oahu's hotels are strung out like pearls along Waikiki Beach. In recent years, however, Waikiki has become quite congested. So if the point of your visit is to experience an idyllic island lifestyle, it might be smart to head elsewhere.
Favorite thing: South-East shore is not sandy but only rocks, rocks and rocks. Gorgeous view, but also fearful, because only a thought to be crashed on those rocks made my skins covered with goose bumps. Brrrr…