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All About Lanikai
The eastern windward shores of Oahu are home to some of the most stunning white-sand beaches and clear tropical waters on the Hawaiian Islands. Among these, Lanikai Beach is a secluded stretch of beach adorned with shady palms and aquamarine waters that provide a picturesque backdrop to the swimmers, kayakers, and kite surfers that dot the landscape.
Facing the sea, you will be greeted with an expansive vista, with the Mokulua Islands springing up from the waters. Turning inland, the towering Ko’olau Range dominates the scenery with its jagged peaks and dense tropical vegetation. The metropolitan area of Honolulu, with all of its big-city cultural offerings, lies about 30 minutes away.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lanikai?
The Hawaiian Islands’ tropical climate maintains pristine weather conditions for most of the year, so there’s no bad time to stay in a Lanikai vacation rental. Brilliant sunny days, deep blue skies, and trade wind breezes drifting through palm canopies characterize the average weather of Oahu. Minor seasonal variations do exist between the summer and winter months, however. The winters, for example, tend to bring heavier rains and slightly cooler temperatures, while the summers are the hottest and driest times of the year.
The Hawaiian islands’ unique ecologies feature a surprising array of microclimates and locality-based variations in weather. Some regions will experience regular heavy rainfall, while a community just a few miles away could be experiencing dryness.
What are the top things to do in Lanikai?
Lying just about a mile offshore of Lanikai Beach, the Mokulua Islands are a protected seabird sanctuary. Kayaking and paddleboarding are the most common ways to reach the pair of islands, and on calm days the trip is relatively quick and easy. Sea turtles and crabs frequent the surrounding waters, along with migratory birds and whales in the winter. Once you’ve arrived, you can hike the islands or find a secluded beach for swimming and lounging.
This moderate two-mile out-and-back hiking trail begins just up the road from the Lanikai Beach parking area and traces the Kaiwa Ridgeline. The path culminates at a lookout over the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, with the two Mokulua Islands in the foreground. Sitting atop the hill’s apex is a World War II-era pillbox overlooking the tropical landscape below. If you’re an early riser, this is an especially great hike to do at sunrise.
Kailua is a seaside town on Kailua Bay, a short five-minute drive from Lanikai Beach. It has a vibrant downtown area running along the coast, with trendy cafes, creative eateries, and cozy bookstores, making this small town a wonderful spot for afternoon explorations before dipping in the ocean.