8 Best Secret Beaches in Hawaii

There are many beautiful beaches in Hawaii, but to find a beach that brings you serenity and solitude, the famous beaches of Waikiki and Honolulu just do not cut it.

My three years living in Hawaii have offered me a chance to discover hidden beaches where other vacationers and honeymooners may not know of. Some require road trips, others a rugged adventure. If you plan a trip to Hawaii, I hope you can head over and enjoy the serenity and tranquility of these secret beaches.

Secret beach at Bellows Air Force Station, Oahu

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Secret beach at Bellows Air Force Station/Photo Credit: Julie Cao

The beach is only open to the public on weekends, as on the weekdays it is used for military training. The beach features lush mountains in the background; the turquoise waters and gentle waves are perfect for swimming.

Waimanalo Bay, Oahu

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Waimanalo Bay. Oahu/Photo credit: Naoko Kawachi via Flicker

Waimanalo Bay often gets missed if you do not know its existence, even if you have been in the area for hundreds of times. The beach features three miles of shoreline, turquoise waters and soft white sand, and the seascape is jaw dropping gorgeous on a sunny afternoon. Be sure to bring your boards to body surfing as the current is strong to swim.

Polihale Beach Park, Kauai

Polihale Beach, Kauai, Hawaii/Photo credit: Kevin Schraer via Flicker

Located on the northwestern end of Kauai, Polihale Park is a perfect spot for swimming and an afternoon stroll. The sunsets over the beach are second to none. The beach feels especially peaceful, as it is only accessible by four-wheel vehicles.

Papohaku Beach Park, Molokai

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Papohaku Beach. Molokai/Photo credit: Julie Cao

Popohaku Beach is the longest white-sand beach in Hawaii, with access to parking, restrooms, barbecues, and campsites. Popohaku Beach is one of the least visited beaches in Hawaii and you might even have the whole beach to yourself.

Kamehame Beach, Big Island

Kamehame Ridge, Hawaii/Photo Credit: Edmund Garman via Flicker

Kamehame Beach is located on the southeastern coast of Big Island and it is a breeding site for turtles. The only way to get access to the beach is to volunteer with a turtle-monitoring program.

Polihua Beach, Lanai

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Polihua Beach, Lanai/Photo Credit: Andrew Ghayes via Flicker

Sixty miles away from Lanai City, Polihua Beach has a two-mile stretch of shoreline and is frequented by green turtles. Humpback whales can also be spotted during the winter. This beach is secluded and picturesque, but the current is extremely strong; hence, it is not a good place for swimming.

Kalepolepo Beach, Maui

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Kalepolepo Beach Park, Maui/Photo Credit: katsuhiro7110 via Flicker

Situated between Menehune Shores and the Whale Education Center, Kalepolepo Beach used to be a native Hawaiian fish park, but now it is a gorgeous beach in Kihei free of crowds.  This beach offers the best sunsets on the island, and it is also a wonderful place for swimming and afternoon walking.

Nanina Beach, Niihau

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Nanina Beach, Niihau/Photo Credit: Bob Abraham via Getty Images

Niihau is a forbidden island and the beach on the island sees more marine creatures than human footprints. As a result of the restricted access to the island, Nanina beach feels especially tranquil and beautiful, as it has never been explored by tourists. The only way to get to this beach is to take a guided tour offered by the Robinsons (descendants of the island owner) for lunch and snorkeling.

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Julie Cao

Julie Cao is a travel blogger, travel writer, and global citizen currently living in Toronto Ontario.

10 thoughts on “8 Best Secret Beaches in Hawaii

  • January 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm
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    Wow, the beaches look amazing. I always wanted to go to Hawaii and now even more. Thanks for sharing!

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    • January 26, 2017 at 1:29 am
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      I always want to return there too! One day we will both be there!

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  • January 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm
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    I’m a real beach person, so this is definitely the perfect post for me! LOVE IT

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    • January 26, 2017 at 1:28 am
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      I am glad you enjoy it! Hawaii has many beautiful beaches and once you visit, you will love it!

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  • February 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    I absolutely love Hawaii. I have been to the big Island twice and had local friends drive me around to the different beaches, but I don’t think we went to any of the ones listed here. Can’t wait to go back and I will have to reference this when I do 🙂

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  • February 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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    Those beaches let me dream away and let me want to go to Hawaii as fast as possible! Especially with the cold weather here in the Netherlands. Lovely post, thank you for sharing! 🙂

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  • February 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm
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    Polihale and the last one look incredible. It looks like a truly stunning place to visit but is a hell of a long way for me to go!

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  • February 8, 2017 at 1:16 am
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    Uff I would love to go to Hawaii! I’m from England, so it always seems sooo far away, but definitely worth a trip! Some friends of mine used to live there too, I wish I had time to live in every place to find hidden gems like these beaches. I think Polihale is my favourite from these photos, but they all look gorgeous!

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  • February 8, 2017 at 7:06 am
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    Some great looking sandy beaches and blue water here for all. Being Australian i love a good beach and have many near by.

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