Lanikai means “heavenly sea” in the Hawaiian language, and I think we can all agree it’s an appropriate name. Waikiki, which of course is much better known and more popular, is only 25 minutes away. But I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would choose it over Lanikai.
Well, there is one reason I suppose, and that’s services. Lanikai has no huge hotels, no crowds, and none of the services provided for them. No lifeguards, no beach bars, not even waves. So what’s the big deal?
The incredible turquoise colors of the water. A calm sea bordered by a wide strip of powder-soft, pure-white sand. The two scenic islands (Mokuluas) just offshore. And wonderful snorkeling, kayaking, and windsurfing.
Lanikai is universally considered one of the finest beaches in all of Hawaii. Which, ipso facto, means it’s one of the finest in the world. It’s probably a good thing I included this on my list in the summer. You’d have really hated me if I’d included it in February.