Bacchus customers enjoy the friendly service and frequently for suggestions on activities. Last week we suggested that you expand your horizons outside of Waikiki with ten hiking adventures that would take your breath away.
This week, we suggest 10 Oahu Beaches that are sure to please and make you love the island even more.
Please note that all beaches in Hawaii are public. Unlike other states, here nobody owns the shoreline or the water. Every beach has a public access path. If you do plan on visiting a beach, please be mindful of posted signs and surf advisories.
Queen’s Surf Beach
The guidebooks will say that this is the gay beach in Honolulu. It used to be, but the actual beach is gone. The adjacent lawn is great for a gathering, but for swimming and sun, try…
Walk a few minutes away from Queen’s Surf Beach toward Diamond Head, you arrive at soft sand, clear water and good times. A gentle shore break means easy in and out. Popular with locals and visitors in-the-know.
Hotel Beaches along Waikiki
Try the beach in front of the Moana Surfrider (where the catamarans are tied up). The sand is soft and the shoreline is without rocks. Likely to be crowded with sun worshipers, but adjacency to hotel bars means you can take a break for a cocktail (or use the facilities).
Fort DeRussy Beach (Winner of the Bacchus Facebook Survey for best Waikiki Gay Beach)
Trivia buffs should know that at the city end of Waikiki, before Hilton Hawaiian Village and their kiddie pool/lagoon is a stretch of beach where you’ll see military men playing beach volleyball. This lengthy stretch of beach gets more visually stimulating the closer you get to the military recreation hotel, the Hale Koa. Beach vendors offer chair and float rentals. Bacchus co-hosted a party at Fort DeRussy last Fourth of July.
Ala Moana Beach Park
A long stretch of beach just over the canal from Waikiki can be hit or miss when it comes to visual stimuli. For the recreation/relaxationi focused, however, there's lots to do here…swimming, paddling, picnics, surfing, jogging, etc. The free parking makes this spot one you have to check out.
OUTSIDE OF HONOLULU
Diamond Head Beach
This "beach" is somewhat secluded even though is is only a short hike from Waikiki. Gay men sometimes gather below the lighthouse then fool around behind the rocks (do so at your own risk). Bring sunscreen, fresh drinking water and snacks.
A 20 minute drive from Waikiki, this quiet beach with turquoise waters is so beautiful in the morning and midday. At times, you might feel that the beach is your very own. The setting is pure Hawaii with bright blue surf and nearby dark towering mountains. Find your own spot and settle in for a few hours. Then enjoy a plate lunch at Keneke's after.
A 10 minute drive north from Waimanalo, Lanikai Beach is beautiful and tranquil. The sand is super soft and the hippy-dippy vibe is very relaxed. One of the best places in Oahu to watch the sunrise. Parking is tricky and you can loop for hours trying to find a spot, but well worth the effort when you arrive and settle down for a while.
Kuilima Cove at Turtle Bay Resort
One of the lesser known beaches so there's plenty of room for your beach blanket. Definitely one of the best places for beginner snorkeling in the islands. It'll take over an hour to get there from Waikiki, so plan for a day trip. Afterward, enjoy a snack at a shrimp truck or stop for a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation on your way back.
Near the northwest tip of Oahu is the de facto nude beach on the island. Nudity is not legal, but the beach is not policed closely. The wooded area used to be a playpen for gay men. The waves are strong and heavy in the winter/spring months so swimming is not recommended. Going alone? Ask a new friend to help with your sunscreen application (lotion, of course).