Kailua Beach, on Oahu’s southeast coast in Kailua Town, is ranked one of the best beaches in the world, with its famous white sandy shores and azure blue waters. From the beach you can see in the distance, the twin Mokulua Islands, one of which is accessible by kayak. Plan some time to visit and explore laid-back Kailua Town and its unique boutiques and popular local dining spots.


  • Calm waters and ample coral reef are perfect for snorkeling.
  • Bring a kayak and paddle around the beach, or even go to Moku Nui or Moku Iki or “The Mokes”.
  • Stop over in Kailua Town, home to a number of local restaurants and businesses.
  • Great alternative to Lanikai Beach on busier weekends and holidays.


Named after the two ocean currents that make their way through its Bay, Kailua Town is a laid-back beach town that has become famous for its uncrowded beaches and unique small local businesses and is a favorite getaway spot for President Barack Obama and other Hollywood celebrities. Check-out the towns of Enchanted Lakes and Aikahi nearby.

Tips when Visiting Kailua Beach

  • Arrive early to secure a parking spot as parking is limited, especially on weekends and school holidays.
  • There are a number of picnic tables that are great for BBQs or to enjoy takeout meals.
  • While the water is normally very calm, be sure to observe any warning signs or speak with the lifeguard before entering the ocean.
  • There are public restrooms and showers available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Kailua is normally very calm with a light current that makes it a great beach for swimming.

While there are no vendors located at Kailua Beach, rentals are available nearby.

No. there are no restaurants or food vendors at Kailua Beach. There are many small local restaurants and takeout spots in Kailua Town. Be sure to bring some food, snacks, and drinks with you!

No, you cannot drink alcohol at any beach on Oahu.

How to Get to Kailua Beach

The easiest way to get to Kailua Beach is by car. Located just outside of Kailua Town, Kailua Beach Park is located approximately 45 minutes away from both Waikiki and Ko Olina.

You can also go to Kailua Beach on the Honolulu City Bus from Waikiki. The trip will require a bus transfer, and you should get a Holo Card before going on the bus. It will take approximately an hour and a half to get to Kailua by bus.