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Choose the beach that’s right for you

With nearly five miles of sand there are lots of things to do at different beaches around Kailua Bay. See Kailua Beach Map below. Every mile or so, the complexion of the beach changes. At the north end of Kailua Bay you'll find Castles Beach, a little further south is Shore Break, then Kalama Beach Park, Kalapawai, Kawailoa, and Lanikai Boat Ramp. Along the way on your walk down the beach, you'll find a variety of surf and beach conditions that lend themselves to different beach activities.

Looking north at Castles Beach at Kailua, Hawaii.
The Kailua beach walk is four miles long and highly recommended for your sunrise circuit.

A word of caution: For the entire four miles of beach, there is one lifeguard stand only located in the center of Kailua Beach Park.

Surfing at Castles Beach
Afternoon shorebreak at Castles.

Swimmers are advised to proceed with caution at their own risk. Tide conditions may vary. Err on the side of caution and stay safe.

Castles Beach – Good surfing and bodysurfing. Street parking only. Enter from public right of way at 800 block of N. Kalaheo Ave. No lifeguard or facilities. Your four-mile walk north on Kailua beach ends when you reach a coral bluff outcropping. Touch the wall and return. You've walked Kailua beach.

Here's a map of the beaches along Kailua Bay:

Castles Beach




Kalama Beach Park


Kailua Beach at Kalapawai


Kailua Beach at Kawailoa


Flat Island


Lanikai Point


Lainkai Beach


Twin Islands


Bodysurfing at Shorebreak, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.
Bodysurfing at Shorebreak

Shorebreak – This is good surf for beginners. The surf is good for bodysurfing and rough water swimming. Street parking only. Enter from public right of way at 500 block of N. Kalaheo Ave. No. lifeguard or facilities.

Kalama Beach Park Public Facilities
Showers and restrooms at Kalama Beach Park

Kalama Beach Park – Bodysurfing, swimming; good beach for small groups. Entrance at 248 N. Kalaheo Ave. Limited free public parking in small lot and on side streets. Open daily 7am to 6pm. Large lawn, restrooms, showers and picnic areas.

Walking on Kailua Beach
Kalapawai is one of the most popular areas
for sunbathing, beachwalking and swimming.

Kailua Beach at Kalapawai – Launch area for windsurfing, kiteboarding and kayaking. Park entrance at the corner of Kalaheo Avenue and Kailua Road at Kalapaway Market. Free public parking. Open dawn to dusk. Lifeguard, restrooms, showers and picnic areas.


Kailua Beach at Kawailoa – Good swimming and snorkeling beach. Canal launch area for kayaks and outrigger canoes. Free public parking. Open dawn to dusk. Lifeguard, restrooms, showers and picnic areas.



Preparing to kiteboard at Kailua Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
The north corner near the beach park entrance is the designated prep and launch area for kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboatding.
Launching from Kawainui Canal at Kailua Beach, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
Between Kalapawai Beach and Kawailoa, the Kawainui Stream serves as a major launch area for kayaks and Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

Kailua Beach at Lanikai Point – Good swimming beach with lava rock tidal pools good for small children. Boat ramp launch area for canoes, sailboats and power craft. Free public parking. Open dawn to dusk. Restrooms, showers and picnic area.

The boat ramp below Lanikai Point, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.
The boat ramp below Lanikai Point is a busy area for sailboats, jet skis, canoes and powerboats.
Tidal pools below Lanikai Point, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii On the south side of Kailua beach, tidal pools under Lanikai Point are great for kids and shoreline eco-exploration.

Lanikai Beach – Good swimming, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing. Watch for sea turtles. Street parking only. Best beach access is via four public right-of-ways paths off Mokulua Dr. at Kaelepulu Dr., Mokumanu Dr., Kaiolena Dr., Haokea and Kuailima. No lifeguard or facilities.

In 1924 Lanikai was first developed as a community of second homes and vacation homes for Honolulu's wealthy. Named America's Best Beach in 1996, today Lanikai is loved by many and home to the rich and famous.    Top


Morning on Lanikai Beach
Morning at Lanikai Beach.
Panoramic view of the Mokulua Islands
Just a short walk down the beach is another great panorama shot.


Public right of way to Kailua Beach at Kai One.
Look for public right-of-way signs like this along Mokulua Drive in Lanikai and along Kalaheo Avenue in Kailua for access to Kailua and Lanikai beaches.
View from the beach on Moku Nui Island, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii.
Here's a Kailua beach you can't reach by car. Looking south to Moku Iki, this is the beach at Moku Nui the larger of the two twin islands. This is the slip of beach you see on the larger island on the left. It's accessible only by boat.
Obey postings and beach warnings. Watch for warning signs of rough waves or other unsafe conditions.

Beware of auto break-ins. Don’t leave valuables anywhere in your car, not even in your locked glove compartment or trunk.

Park legally & keep bikeways clear. Don't park in driveways, bus stops, on paved sidewalks, bikeways or areas marked "No Parking." Best beach parking is available Monday through Friday. Allow extra time for parking on weekends and holidays.

Be considerate and courteous. Lanikai and Kailua are residential neighborhoods. Please respect the quiet, privacy and property rights of the neighbors. Don‘t leave a mess for someone else to clean up.     Top


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