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Best Hawaii beaches to visit 2024

Simon Calder’s Travel

The tropical archipelago of Hawaii is famous for being a slice of paradise, with lush greenery, glass-clear waters and idyllic sandy bays. The US’s 50th state has eight main islands – as well as several smaller islets – and Hawaii Island itself is also known as the Big Island.

Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is built upon 15 volcanoes and six of those, including Mauna Loa and Kilauea, are currently active. While top sights to see for travellers include the Hawaii National Park, this destination’s beaches have a huge holiday pull when it comes to both relaxation and water sports. Whether you’re looking to spend time in one place or explore several islands, you can expect to see both black and white sands, sea turtles, mountainous landscapes, palm trees and much more.

From snorkelling spots rich with marine life to luxury resorts, from tidal pools to historical landmarks, keep reading for a list of the best beaches in Hawaii.

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Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui

This snorkelling spot has an abundance of marine life, including sea turtles
This snorkelling spot has an abundance of marine life, including sea turtles (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kapalua Bay Beach is located in the northwest of Maui Island and is famous for being a superb snorkelling and kayaking spot. The sandy beach is surrounded by palm trees and has clear turquoise waters for sunbathing, swimming and viewing its abundance of marine life, including sea turtles. To explore the wider area, follow the Kapalua Coastal Trail along to Fleming Beach, which is under two miles and will take you across lava rock and offer an idyllic view of the Pacific Ocean.

Where to stay

Situated only three miles from Kapalua-West Maui Airport, Hale Napili is an apartment building with beachfront views, barbecue facilities and a garden area.