All About Oahu’s Beautiful Beaches

Check out our list of Oahu beaches! Oahu is home to over 100 beaches, so even though I’m from Oahu, I know I haven’t visited all the beaches yet. I guess I’ll just have to keep *working* on it😉.

All the beaches on Oahu are public. In Hawaii, there is no such thing as a private beach, so even if a beach seems “blocked” by a residential neighborhood, they are required to have beach access open to the public and it is usually defined by a marked pathway in the area. Please look for the pathway and do not attempt to go through someone’s yard!

The only caveat is any area enclosed by military bases on Oahu. If the beaches are directly connected to the base or are in a military-controlled area, then your access to those places will be restricted.  Nevertheless, with so many beaches to choose from, I’m sure you’ll find a great one to scope out tide pools, catch a few waves, play with your kids, or snorkel to your heart’s content.

As always please be safe and respectful when visiting any beach. Please remember to use sunscreen and if you have any questions about current beach conditions, please check Hawaii Ocean Safety. Happy beach-going!


Oahu South Shore

Oahu Windward (East) Shore

  • Makapuʻu Beach
  • Rabbit Island
  • Waimanalo Beach
  • Waimanalo Bay
  • Bellows Field Beach
  • Mokulua Islands
  • Kailua Beach
  • Flat Island
  • Chinaman’s Hat
  • Kualoa Regional Park

Oahu North Shore

  • Turtle Bay
  • Velzyland Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Ehukai Beach
  • KeʻWaena Beach
  • Chun’s Reef
  • Waimea Bay
  • Laniakea Beach
  • Papailoa Beach
  • Kawailoa Beach
  • Haleʻiwa Beach
  • Aliʻi Beach Park
  • Aweoweo Beach

Oahu Waianae (West) Shore

  • Keawaʻula Beach
  • Makaha Beach
  • Pokai Beach
  • Maili Beach
  • Depot’s Beach
  • Nanakuli Beach