It’s no secret that Hawaii has the world’s most beautiful beaches. Every beach in Hawaii is different. Some beaches have gentle rolling waves that are easy to swim while others are best just to admire from a safe distance. In Hawaii we have a mantra about the beach, “if in doubt, don’t go out.” That means if you are not sure about the ocean conditions don’t get in the ocean. The best plan before going into the water is to check with the lifeguard about the day’s conditions.
Kaimana Beach Park
Along the Waikiki Trolley Green Line, right outside Waikiki, is Queen Kapiolani Park just oceanside of that is Kaimana Beach Park. It is nestled between the Waikiki Aquarium and New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. You can access it from the Waikiki Aquarium Stop. The beach is also known as Sans Souci which means without a care in French, when you get there you too will be without a care.
The beach has public bathrooms and a convenience store beside the hotel. There are Lifeguards at Kaimana Beach and before you swim check with them about ocean conditions, Kaimana Beach is known to have a strong current out by the reef. Kaimana Beach the perfect place to spend the warm Hawaiian summer swimming and snorkeling. The sunset from Kaimana is very beautiful, in the summer it sets over the mountains and in the winter it sets in the ocean.
The official name this beach is Halona Beach Cove but everyone knows it as Eternity Beach. Featured in popular movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and who can forget Academy Award winning movie From Here to Eternity. In the movie From Here to Eternity there is a famous shot of Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster rolling around in the sand that will forever be a piece of movie magic and will forever be the namesake of this beach.
Eternity Beach is without a doubt beautiful with crystal clear vibrant blue water. Very often times there are turtles frolicking in the waves. The beach is located on the South East Tip of Oahu along the Blue Line at the same stop as Halona Blowhole. On the left side is the blowhole and the right side is the beach. Waikiki Trolley suggests only viewing the beach from above due to the serious rip current in the water.
Diamond Head Surf Lookout
Feel life slow down as you enjoy the panoramic views at Diamond Head Surf Lookout. This location is more of a viewing beach and not a swimming beach unless you are a surfer that understand the water in that area. At this beautiful surf break here is no lifeguard station in the area and no bathrooms.
From May to September big summer swells come in and the lookout is a wonderful place to sit and watch the waves roll in. You can see surfers, kite surfers, stand up paddle boards and Hawaii’s new craze, hydrofoil surfing. During the winter months (December – April) you can see humpback whales. Diamond Head Surf Lookout is located along the Waikiki Trolley Green Line. The Green Line has 12 stops around the Diamond Head area and comes by every 35 minutes.
Let Waikiki Trolley know what your favorite beach is this summer. Are you more of a swimmer that loves Kaimana? Do you prefer envisioning you and your love at Eternity Beach? Do the steady waves at Diamond Head bring you peace and joy?