Lanikai Beach in Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world. The calm, clear aqua water and soft sand with a front row view of the iconic Mokulua islands makes this beach a favorite among local residents and island visitors. Because of the year round good weather and gorgeous conditions this beach is perfect for families, children, swimmers, and water enthusiasts to kayak or standup paddle board.
The only con that stops visitors from frequenting is it can be logistically challenging to get to. If it’s your first trip to Lanikai beach here are a few things you may want to consider.
There are no formal parking lots for Lanikai beach. You can only park on the left side of Mokulua Drive or any of the side streets in front of the neighborhood homes. Holiday weekends don’t allow any visitor parking in Lanikai, so walking, biking, or taking the bus in is the only way to go.
There are no formal restrooms anywhere in Lanikai for the public. The nearest restroom is at Kailua Beach Park by the Boat Ramp, so plan accordingly.
Most weekends after 10 am Lanikai beach can be very crowded. Parking can be really hard to find, and it is usually impossible to get an area of sand to yourself. If you don’t mind a “beach party” then don’t fret. If you like privacy and quiet go early before the crowds. Sunrise at Lanikai beach is magical.
Respect the Neighbors
You may be here visiting or on vacation, but don’t forget there are people who call Lanikai home. They do not appreciate loud noises at odd hours, parking in their driveways, trash in their neighborhoods, and holiday traffic. Please practice good manners and respect the neighbors. Be diligent about where you are parking, make sure you pack your trash out with you, and always practice aloha, smiling and being appreciative goes a long way.