Oahu Beaches: Laid back on Lanikai

If toasting flesh is on your mind, head for Lanikai Beach on Oahu‘s windward coast. Adjacent to Kailua Beach Park, this tony beach enclave attracts beachgoers with its powdery sands and dreamy aquamarine water. Near-shore snorkelings is superb. Don’t be surprised to see pro photographers shooting models along the shore.

Adding to the glamor of Lanikai are seabird islands, including these two, Moku Nui (left) and Moku Iki. Not pictured offshore the beach park is Flat Island, a destination for kayakers and adventure snorkelers. Directions to the best accesses are in the new Oahu Trailblazer guidebook, available on Amazon.