Lanikai, meaning “heavenly sea,” is aptly named as its crystal waters seem to sparkle with the luster of millions of diamonds. This mesmerizing shore offers calm waters, ideal for watersports like kayaking and paddle boarding, and more peaceful endeavors like a long nap on a floatie. The vibrant tapestry of colors surrounding this beach makes it a beacon of creativity for photographers and artists looking for breathtaking inspiration. So, if you come to this beloved oasis, be prepared to stay awhile, as the thought of leaving might feel unbearable.
Lanikai is located on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii, within the community of Lanikai. It can be accessed by rental car or public transit. If you drive yourself, park along Mokulua Drive. To get to Oahu, you’ll need to fly into Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. To fly from North America, catch a nonstop in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and Vancouver. From Canada, fly direct from Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Winnipeg. Travelers from Europe can get a one-stop flight from London, Paris, and Zurich.