Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

Located: On the eastern shore of the island of Oahu, approximately 30 minutes northeast of Honolulu

With pristine crystal waters and soft golden sand, many Oahu residents consider Lanikai to be the best swimming beach in the state - and one of the most beautiful. The water is fairly calm at Lanikai, so don't plan on surfing here. Instead, park yourself in the silky sand and enjoy one of the most breathtaking beaches you'll ever set foot on.

Fit Factor: Lanikai's calm waters are ideal for snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing. We recommend paddling out to the two tiny offshore Mokulua islands to check out the seabird sanctuaries.