Lanikai Beach, tucked just behind beautiful Kailua Beach, has been duly rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Views from its white sandy shores look out upon bright blue waters and the twin Mokulua islands. Lanikai Beach has become more popular for watching the moon rise at night, especially when the moon is at full brightness.


Lanikai Beach Access
  • Soak up the sun on the soft powdery white sand at Lanikai Beach.
  • 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”.
  • Take lots of photos at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.


The panoramic vantage from the mountain tops overlooking Lanikai Beach was once used by ancient Hawaiians to scan for ocean fish and their shrines to the fishing gods still remain. Historic sites also include a stone marker that was built in 1924 when Lanikai subdivision was created and abandoned concrete dugout guard posts along the Lanikai Pillbox hiking trail.

Tips when Visiting Lanikai Beach

  • Parking is extremely limited, and located within a residential neighborhood. Be aware of where you are parking so you don’t get towed or ticketed.
  • Due to crowds, it is best to go to Lanikai before 8:00AM, and avoid going on weekends and school holidays.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty, and no public restrooms or showers available.
  • Kailua Beach and Waimanalo Beach are both great alternatives if Lanikai is too busy.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

No. there are no restaurants or food vendors at Lanikai. 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 Lanikai Beach

While the easiest way to get to Lanikai Beach is by car, parking can be problematic depending on when you arrive. Consider utilizing a rideshare or taxi service to avoid any parking issues.

Lanikai is located approximately 45 minutes away from both Waikiki and Ko Olina.

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