Posts Tagged ‘Hawaii’


Sayonara snow, Aloha sun


Tired of shovelling the white stuff? Over skating your way to the car? Don’t want to look the Michelin man every time you go to the shops? You need a little winter sun; a little warmth in your bones and a whole lot of cocktails.
Welcome to Hawaii. Right now it’s the wet season but the temps are still a balmy 80F (28C) and you don’t have to wear every permutation of woollen-wear you own to fetch the paper – bonus!
British explorer James Cook was the first European discoverer of the place he called the Sandwich Islands, noting in his reports the native name of Owyhee.
But with myriad resort and hotel choices; where should you stay on your winter escape? Here are five of the best beaches, IOHO; select your fave and then check out the nearest hotel/resort to it and voila! Decision made.
Lanikai. Considered by many locals to be the best swimming beach in Hawaii, Lanikai is on Oahu. clear waters, clean, wide beach, and swaying coconut palms make it the archetypal south seas paradise. A mile-long stretch of powdered-sugar sand is perfect for sunbathing. Sparkling turquoise waters sheltered by a wide, protective offshore reef provide ideal swimming conditions. There are plenty of sporty activities like kayaking, outrigger canoeing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing.
Hanalei Bay, Kauai. Picture-perfect Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s North Shore may be the most beautiful beach setting in all of Hawaii. Hanalei is the largest bay on the island of Kauai and a glorious semi-circle of white sand.
Kaanapali Beach, West Maui. Are you the action type? This beautiful place is a watersport lover’s paradise. Virtually every type of over-water and underwater sport is available. Snorkeling and scuba diving are outstanding. The Black Rock is a large lava rock that divides the beach.
Hanauma Bay, Oahu. this nearly circular bay is home to an amazingly diverse and abundant population of fish life. Hanauma Bay is one of the best and most popular snorkeling and swimming areas in the world. It’s very popular though so authorities have set a limit on visitors – you’ll need to arrive early if you want to enjoy it properly.
Ke’e Beach Park, Kauai. Do you want postcxard-perfect sunset shots? Lots of turquoise water and warm, clean sand? The water is clear and there are tons of colorful reef fish and turtles. Ke’e Beach is at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore between the Na Pali Coast and Limahuli Stream.