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Discover 5 Hidden Hawaiian Beach Treasures Away from the Crowds


O‘ahu has been a favored destination for globetrotters worldwide, offering a delightful experience for visitors. For a more serene beach outing, venture to the northeastern tip of the island, beyond Haleʻiwa and close to Kahuku, where Kawela Bay Beach Park awaits. This bay is shielded from large waves and surf, maintained by the Trust for Public Land, creating an ideal setting for snorkeling and leisurely days by the shore. Explore the vibrant marine life below the water’s surface, with the chance to encounter colorful fish and perhaps even a couple of fortunate sightings of green sea turtles.

Apart from underwater exploration and unwinding on the tranquil beachfront, take a leisurely stroll along the coast and meander onto the sandy hiking trails, keeping an eye out for the majestic banyan tree.

Stay: Consider lodging at Turtle Bay Resort, conveniently situated up the coast from Kawela Bay Beach Park.

Do: Transition from the beach scene to the cultural richness of Waimea Valley, a sacred historic site brimming with Hawaiian heritage; embark on a brief hike to marvel at Waimea Falls.

Windsurfing in Hanalei Bah, Hawaii


Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of Kauaʻi may ring a bell for its prominent role in _The Descendants_—a picturesque setting. This crescent-shaped beach extends for 2 miles, embracing Hanalei Bay with captivating vistas of Mount Makana, a site where the ancient tradition of fire-throwing once thrived. Despite ranking fourth on Tripadvisor’s 2023 list of top U.S. beaches, you are likely to discover a peaceful nook on the pristine white sands to unwind and savor the surroundings.

Water sports enthusiasts can relish swimming, bodyboarding, paddling, kayaking in the crystal-clear waters, and surfing during the winter season. Alternatively, take a leisurely walk along the shoreline and bask in the tranquility of this idyllic locale.

All Kauaʻi visitors are urged to play a vital role in preserving the island’s integrity throughout their stay. If you plan to explore Hanalei Bay and the broader north shore of Kauaʻi, remember that reservations are mandatory (accessible at for visiting the neighboring Hā’ena State Park.

Stay: Indulge in a lavish retreat at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay in Princeville, a charming town near Hanalei Beach.

Do: No trip to the “Garden Island” is complete without beholding the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon, situated on the island’s southwest side.