"Definitely not the North Shore" Lanikai by etfromnc

Lanikai Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 35 photos

On the east shore of Oahu, just south of the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, one can find almost the exact opposite sea conditions as those found on Oahu's North Shore. This beautiful half-mile long white sand crescent leads one into one of the safest, most family-friendly beaches in Hawaii. The sea is calmed by a coral reef just off shore which breaks down the waves but the water is not as shallow as it is in the lagoon at Poipu Beach on Kauai.
The only detraction from family-friendliness at Lanikai is that it is the swimsuit shoot site for the "Girls of the Hawaiian Islands" annual calendar.
There are a pair of islands off the shore of Lanikai, known as Na Mokulua in Hawaiian or the Twin Islands in English, which attract many kayakers. Should you want to join them, please remember that the east side of Oahu is the windward side so this trip may be more adventurous than you originally anticipate, but it is possible if you are in reasonably good condition and if you check the weather forecast before shoving away from shore. If you try it, I think that you will agree that the effort was worth the experience of being there.

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