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A Day At The Beach On Oahu: A Guide To Making The Most Of Your Visit


If you’re looking for a beautiful and relaxing beach to spend a day at, look no further than Oahu. With its gentle waves and soft sand, Oahu is the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun. In this blog post, we will provide you with a guide to making the most of your visit to Oahu’s beaches!

Planning an Oahu Beach Day

Even though a day at the beach is a relaxing activity that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan. Especially if you’re visiting Oahu for the first time, it’s important to know what to expect and how to make the most of your experience.

If you are visiting Hawaii your time is limited and by planning your beach day to perfection, you can make the most of it!

Here are a few things to consider when planning your beach day:

Beach Day Activities

Sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and more. There is no shortage of things to do when spending a day at the beach in Oahu.

When deciding what activities you want to do, it’s important to consider the following:

The level of physical activity required – If your hoping for a nice lazy day in the sun you might not want to spend all day in the water snorkeling. However, if you prefer to explore and get some exercise with the benefit of Hawaiian scenery you may want to kayak along the coastline for the day.

Your Skill Level – Don’t shy away from trying new things. After all, that’s part of the fun! But, if you’re not confident in your ability it may be best to stick with activities you know you’ll enjoy and feel comfortable doing, or maybe pick up some kayaking or paddleboarding lessons to learn a new skill.

Equipment Availability – Some activities, like snorkeling and kayaking, require equipment that you may not have. Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to rent or purchase the equipment you need, but that is also why we are planning for your Oahu beach day!

Once you’ve considered all of these factors, you can start to narrow down which activities you want to do. Once you have a list of activities, it’s time to start planning the logistics!

Beach Day Gear

Now that you have an idea of what you want to do on your beach day it’s time to get the gear together.

Beach Day Essentials

  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towel
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Beach Bag
  • Snacks/Lunch
  • Beach Chair

Activity Specific Gear

Snorkel Gear – If you’re planning on snorkeling you’ll need a mask, fins, and snorkel. You can purchase a set of gear or rent it from a local shop.

Kayak – Kayaks will help you cover more ground and visit beaches all over the coastline as you enjoy the ocean waters of Oahu. You can rent kayaks from shops like us and can even enjoy clear kayaks for a view of the marine life below.

Paddle Board – Picking up a paddleboard rental will let you enjoy the best of both worlds, being in the water and having a great view of all around you. Paddleboarding is a great workout and an amazing experience.

Surf Board – For those of you looking to catch some waves, you’ll need a surfboard! You can find surfboards for rent to get out on the water quickly.

Choosing Your Beach: The Best Beaches of Oahu

Now it comes down to the beaches. Choosing a beach carefully can make your entire Oahu experience. While Oahu has over 120 beaches to choose from, not all of them are entirely equal. We have compiled a list of what we believe to be the best beaches for different types of activities.

Here are some of the best beaches Oahu has to offer:

Kailua Beach Park – Best for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, and picnicking

Lanikai Beach – Best for swimming, kayaking, and picnicking

Waimanalo Beach – Best for swimming, bodyboarding, and picnicking

Waikiki Beach – Best for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing

Now that you have a plan it’s time to get out there and enjoy your perfect beach day in Oahu! Remember to take plenty of sunscreens, water, and snacks so you can fully enjoy yourself.

Why Just One Beach?

If you are in the Kailua Beach Park Area, Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, and Waimanalo Beach are all fairly close together and easy to visit with a Kayak ride along the coast. Time is limited, so the more you can see and experience during your visit the better!

Happy Beach Day!

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