Does Hawaii have the best beaches in the world?

Maui – Luca Oliveri

Thinking of Hawaii, each of us imagines breathtaking beaches and crystal clear sea. Although Hawaii is much more than beaches and beautiful sea, here is my list of the 4 most special and magical beaches that we can discover on a trip around Hawaiian islands.

Does Hawaii have the best beaches in the world?


Red secred beach – Maui – Luca Oliveri

Aloha mother Maui!

The little cove inside a cinder cone of the “secret red beach” is great for swimming and cliff-jumping but has no official trail to reach it. Reaching the steep, slippery slope to the beach requires wandering through a field at the end of a road before finding a homemade sign pointing the way.

We arrived at sunset and the show of mother Nature was undescribable, pink and red colors everywhere and the crispy water on my feet.


Here it happened! It wasn’t supposed to spend the night at this beach but the beach captured us. Sleeping under the stars again, after the previous night under the Haleakala sky, and waking up and share the breakfast is one of the most inspiring life experiences, in the same world full of colors and emotions of the previous evening.

You will feel the energetic footprint of the Earth.


Black Sand Beach – Luca Oliveri – Big Island

The beach is split in two by the river coming out of the Waipio Valley, and depending on the amount of water it can be difficult to cross. It’s a dangerous place to go swimming especially during the winter months. I suggest you to spend lots of time here, this is an energetic beach.

It’s located at the end of the Waipio Valley. It is of awe-inspiring beauty, mostly wilderness interspersed with taro fields (Taro is a traditional Hawaiian staple food) and a couple of dozens of inhabitants. It was home to old Hawaiian kings. Waipio Valley is named after the river that runs through the valley (wai-piʻo means curved water in the Hawaiian language). The valley meets the ocean towards the north with a beautiful black sand beach that is cut in two by the river.


Kalalau Beach – Luca Oliveri – Kauai

Oi kau ka lau, E hana I ola Honua” Live your life while the sun is still shining: the wind behind, the ocean beyond, sometimes the rainbows above and mountains and cliffs and Nature next to you. Thank you for making me feel tiny, humble and inspired all at once.

When you “dive” into the Kalalau Beach, you find a surreal world. Many travelers believe that a place can leave an everlasting mark on your heart and soul. Like this beach does! Here is where the spectrum of emotions you’ll go through, when experiencing one more amazing sunset, makes you understand that once you’ve had it, you’ll always want it. Wait for it! You will discover, I hope, the most beautiful thing that my eyes have ever seen on Earth. The most peaceful, energetic, exciting place.

You can reach this beach only after a long multi-day trail, the “Kalalau Trail”.

Overwhelmed by the perfection of this beach, embedded in an ancient casket, bordered by sacred peaks. The glow of the sun’s rays, shortly after dawn, gradually affects the color on the sharpest ridges, setting them on fire with green, brown, orange, yellow and perfumes that, like gold, inebriate the senses. And the chirping of birds everywhere. And the ocean waves at least three meters high. The waterfall, the palm trees, the campfire. The human smile of unknown friends.

And then just the chills down my spine for something I can’t forget.


Makua Beach is one of the most secluded and far away beaches in Oahu. The word “Makua” translates from the Hawaiian language to “parent”. Legend says that Makua Valley was the place where man was first created.

The beach is very wide and is not very popular with tourists. Pay attention to the seabed which does not slope gently but gets deep quite quickly.

Did you know that this beach is named “Pray 4 Sex”?
As you walk from the parking lot to the beach you’ll see some decades-old graffiti on a rock that reads “pray 4 sex”. Why? The surfers would head out from this beach and pray for waves, or “pray for sets” of good waves. So the “pray for sets” beach got turned into “pray for sex” over the years, then somebody painted that on a rock and a legend was born. Funny, isn’t it?

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