When travelers consider the endless list of possible vacation destinations, Hawaii will no doubt make their list of top choices. Last year alone, nearly 10 million tourists visited the Aloha State choosing Oahu as their top destination. Not only is Oahu the third largest Hawaiian island, but 75% of the state’s total population also lives here. It is located between the islands of Kauai and Maui, with pleasant year-round temperatures ranging between 72 and 81 degrees. Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu is located in the southern part of the island.


01Lanikai Beach

Tourists and locals alike describe Lanikai Beach as one of the most beautiful and picturesque locations in Oahu. It is located on the east side--also referred to as the windward side--of the island. Access can be a challenge because a residential district surrounds Lanikai. Visitors must enter the beach through public access points, found in beach alleyways located between the residential homes. Although there are no parking lots, no lifeguards, and no amenities, the peaceful surroundings, and calm waters are perfect for relaxing, swimming, and photographing. Early risers should consider the 20-minute trek to the top of Lanikai Pillbox to view the area’s phenomenal sunrise.

Outrigger Canoe on Lanikai Beach of Oahu Hawaii YinYang / Getty Images