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Lanikai Beach

Listed under Beaches in Honolulu, United States.

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We've all seen commercials for tropical beach resorts that show off crystal blue/turquoise water that leaps majestically with joy as good-looking people kick their feet with delight. Most of us have also been disappointed to find that these beaches never live up to their hype and certainly not our expectations. Lanikai Beach in O'ahu, Hawaii may just prove to be an exception. Lanikai is a favorite of both locals and tourists for swimming and kayaking. The beach's scenic beauty also makes it a favorite spot for photographers. The beach is relatively small at only a half mile, but you will most likely be too distracted by its beauty to care.

Being ranked as one of the best beaches in the world has its advantages and disadvantages. In the tourist season, don't expect to find this scenic spot empty - you'll be toe to toe with tourists like you. However, with some proper planning, this paradise can become a more private affair as it tends to die down in the off season, especially on weekdays. That way, your view of the twin islands of Na Mokulua won't be obstructed by the inevitable fat man with his sagging red speedo.

Written by  Ryan Judge.

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Heavenly Sea

'Heavenly sea' thought by locals to be best place to swim due to its protective reef creating a turquoise lagoon.

Lanikai Beach

This particular beach is well known for some of it's better Kayak fishing. Many species are available and attainable in the shallow depths.

The spear angler can also benefit from the outstanding view of the underwater flora and fauna.

Lanikai Beach

Often voted the best beach in Hawaii, Oahu's wide Lanikai

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