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Which are the most scenic beaches/volcanoes in Hawaii?

Old Jun 21, 17, 8:52 pm
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Which are the most scenic beaches/volcanoes in Hawaii?

Looking to know which island is best to go for the picture perfect coastline. I'd like to know where to go for the most unique looking natural wonders.

Thanks for any comparing/contrasting in a breakdown of the scenery on the Hawaiian islands.
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Old Jun 21, 17, 11:59 pm
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Wow, this is a loaded question.

You can find the most amazing coastlines on all the islands, and without some luck of specialized knowledge, you might just drive by one without even knowing what lies below.

I don't have the time to write an epic post, but since most tourists come to Oahu first, let me just mention some wonderful coastlines on that island:

Kaena Point (for safety's sake, approach from the North Shore)

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/nars/oahu/kaena/

https://www.hawaiilife.com/blog/hike...oss-sanctuary/

East Oahu

For example:

https://www.hawaii.com/oahu/attracti...le-beach-cove/

All along the Eastern coast, there are a number of equally-or-more stunning areas.

Now for Volcanoes:

While my personal favorite is Loihi, most people find it too difficult to view:

https://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/HCV/loihi.html

However, the HVNP is a snap: https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

Enjoy!
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Old Jun 22, 17, 4:01 am
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I'd suggest starting here for an overview of the major islands: https://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/choose-an-island/

Here's a recap of the beaches: https://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/g...awaii-beaches/

Here's a recap of the volcanoes: https://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/d...oes-of-hawaii/

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Old Jun 22, 17, 3:34 pm
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There are a thousand great beaches in Hawaii, but my two favorite gentle surf beaches are Po'ipu Beach on Kauai and Makena Beach (both Big Beach and Little Beach) on Maui. Both are incredibly beautiful and tranquil, but don't leave anything of value in your car at Makena. Makena seems like one beach, but there's a secluded second beach Little Beach) over the rocks and it's much more free spirited.

On Oahu, beaches on the north shore (Bonzai Pipeline) have huge waves in the winter and after Pacific storms. And on Maui, Baldwin Park Beach (at Paia) is a favorite of windsurfers.

I'd take a bad beach in Hawaii over a beach just about anywhere else, I guess. But I'm not sure, because I've never found a bad beach there.
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Old Jun 22, 17, 4:24 pm
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Kauai hands down

If you want uncrowded or perfect beach escapes, Kauai has no rival. Some are not very swimming friendly, but they are diverse and just beautiful. I've had many of these to myself, and a few monk seals! This list isn't even close to complete.

perfect list
Ke'e
Tunnels
Hideaways
Anini
Salt Pond
Poipu
Kiahuna
Shipwrecks

no crowds list
Sealodge
Ha'ena
Larsens
Papa'a
Donkey
Kekaha
Lydgate
Kalapaki
Secret Beach
Anahola
Moloa'a
Polihale State Park
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Old Jun 22, 17, 6:35 pm
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I just got back from Big Island for 8 days. If you want to see an active volcano go there, but actual white sand beaches are limited so pick where you stay carefully (Marriott has an autograph collection hotel with a really nice beach that is pretty private due to limited public spaces being offered). Perhaps if your staying for a week or more your best option may be splitting time on two islands. There is a lot to do and good variety on Big Island but you will drive a lot.

Next trip i plan to do will be 8 days split between Kauai and Maui.
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Old Jun 22, 17, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by whitie8lax View Post
I just got back from Big Island for 8 days. If you want to see an active volcano go there, but actual white sand beaches are limited so pick where you stay carefully (Marriott has an autograph collection hotel with a really nice beach that is pretty private due to limited public spaces being offered). Perhaps if your staying for a week or more your best option may be splitting time on two islands. There is a lot to do and good variety on Big Island but you will drive a lot.

Next trip i plan to do will be 8 days split between Kauai and Maui.
where is the Marriott autograph collection on the Big Island? Are you talking about the Mauna Kea?
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Old Jun 23, 17, 12:44 am
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If you are on Oahu, just drive up the West Coast (Farrington Highway) until you reach the end of the road. It's a nice day trip from HNL.

The beaches along the Highway are amazing, sometimes you are completely alone on them, especially the further you drive away from HNL.

And because it is the West Coast, you can take great sunset photos, too. Or just stay in the Pacific Ocean until the sun drops down behind the horizon...

https://www.google.de/maps/@21.43193...2083152,11.89z


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Old Jun 23, 17, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by HomerJay View Post
There are a thousand great beaches in Hawaii...
The simplest answer.

If you want amenities, a, b, c beaches are the best.
If you want isolation, d, e, f beaches are the best.
If you want a calm beach, g, h, i beaches are the best.
If you want waves, j, k, l beaches are the best.

And all of this is subject to personal opinion/preferences. Point is...

Originally Posted by HomerJay View Post
There are a thousand great beaches in Hawaii...
Hard to find a bad beach in Hawaii.
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Old Jun 24, 17, 12:31 pm
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Although each island is beautiful, I believe the best scenery is on Kauai. Also, a great tour for you and your camera: http://www.hawaiianphotos.net/Kauaitours.htm
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Old Jul 8, 17, 9:15 pm
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Kauai "most scenic" beaches in my opinion:
Poipu Beach at sunset
Lumahai Beach
Kahili (Rock Quarry) Beach
Barking Sands

Hard to find a bad one
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Old Jul 12, 17, 4:14 am
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In addition to the beaches mentioned above, if going to Kauai, do not miss the Kalalau Point. The view (when it's not cloudy) is breathtaking.
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