December 5, 2017

Lanikai Beach + Things to do near Lanikai Beach :: oahu hawaii. oahu beaches.

Lanikai Beach, Oahu beaches, Hawaii

Best beach in the world

Lanikai Beach has made lists for being among the best beaches in the world and the best beaches in the United States. See here and here for those designations. That should be a good enough reason to head to Lanikai Beach as a top beach destination! You’ve made it all the way to Hawaii, and you’re so close in proximity to one of the best beaches in the world, how can you not visit, right? 😉

It’s at Lanikai Beach and around Lanikai that you can see those picture perfect Mokulua islands too! And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can kayak to the islands from Kailua.

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Lanikai Beach pictures

Path to Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach: Path near parking

Mokulua Islands as seen from Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii: View of Mokulua islands aka the Mokes, Oahu beaches

End of Lanikai Beach looking towards Kailua Bay

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii: View towards Kailua Bay from Lanikai Beach, Oahu beaches

Things to know about Lanikai Beach

Parking isn’t always the easiest around the beach.

Another thing is that this beach doesn’t have facilities. So there are no bathrooms or showers. After your visit to Lanikai Beach, take a short drive over to Kailua Beach Park which does have beach facilities. Kailua Beach Park is also walkable from Lanikai Beach. It would be about a 20-30 minute walk.

How to get to Lanikai Beach

The best way to get to Lanikai Beach is by car. If you’re not already renting a car, consider renting a car for the day. It will typically take around 45 minutes to reach Lanikai from Waikiki. You may also encounter traffic that may add to the time. When in the vicinity of Lanikai Beach, be aware of any “no parking” signs, and don’t park there!

If you are committed to the bus, you can reach Lanikai Beach by bus too. From Waikiki, you can expect it to take around 1.5 hours by bus which will likely include 1-2 transfers and waiting time. You also want to keep in mind that the bus is less frequent around Lanikai and Kailua compared to Waikiki, so you’ll want to time the bus well when departing Lanikai.

Be sure to have a look at how to get to Lanikai Beach by bus for more tips and things to know!

Things to do near Lanikai Beach

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Relaxing or swimming at Lanikai Beach would make a perfect follow-up to the Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

The pillbox hike can be a short hike to get up to the ridge of the mountain range, or you can make it into a longer hike by hiking the full Kaiwa Ridge Trail. See more info about the Lanikai Pillbox Hike!

Here’s a pocket guide to the best short hikes on Oahu.

Lanikai Beach, Hawaii: Lanikai Pillbox Hike near Lanikai Beach, Oahu

Kayak to the Mokulua islands from Kailua Beach

If those islands seem extra inviting to you, you can see them up close and personal! Have a look at look at how to kayak to the Mokulua islands from Kailua Beach!

Interactive map around Lanikai

Plan your trip to Lanikai Beach using the Lanikai map below!

Lanikai map with Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Things to maybe pack for your trip to Hawaii!

Now, here are some things that you just may want to add to your Hawaii packing list for Lanikai Beach and more!

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Lanikai Beach is in East Oahu!

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