Oahu’s Best Beaches- Part 2 (South + West Shores)

Hello and welcome back to the blog! The island of Oahu, Hawaii has so many amazing beaches! Part of the fun of exploring Oahu is discovering your favourite beach. Why not check out as many as you can? In today’s post, I’ve put together a list of Oahu’s best beaches including the ones that are more off the beaten path, as well as some of the more touristy beaches. If you haven’t already read Part 1 on Oahu’s Best Beaches on the North and East coasts, you can check it out here.  Without further ado, here are my absolute favourite Oahu beaches on the South and West coasts of the island:

South Shore of Oahu:

Hanauma Bay

It’s busy and touristy but it’s popular for a reason – you’ll find amazing snorkeling here. There’s a $7.50 entrance fee however if you arrive right around opening (6am) it’s free. I know that sounds early but the parking lot fills up around 7am. Note: Hanuama Bay is closed on Tuesdays.


Waikiki Beach

This Oahu beach is the most popular by far in Honolulu. It’s very busy but extremely convenient if you’re staying in Waikiki. I love this beach despite how busy it is and I’ve seen the most spectacular sunsets here. Bonus, there’s a good chance you’ll see some turtles swimming in the water! You’ll find multiple beach entrance points along Kalakaua Ave, my favourite is right around Duke’s restaurant, which is a great spot for lunch in Waikiki. (Sad note, they stopped serving the lattice fries!!).



West Shore/Leeward Coast:

Ko’Olina Resort

This is my second favourite beach in all of Oahu. Here you’ll find several lagoon style beaches located on the resort property with a walking path connecting them all. The beaches are accessible to the public and there’s parking available; we parked beside the marina.  For those who want to escape the crowdedness of Waikiki and enjoy a quiet beach with more of a resort feel, Ko’Olina is the spot for you. Note: The west or leeward part of the island gets the most sun, so if you wake up in Waikiki and the weather is overcast or raining, drive out to Ko’Olina and chances are it will be sunny there.


Thank you for reading and I hope you found this helpful! Which Oahu beach is your favourite? I’ve also added a Pinterest friendly image below so feel free to pin away! For more travel pictures and tips, follow my adventures on Instagram

xo, Candice


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