The Beach Guide

Lanikai Beach

Situated on the windward coast of Oahu in Hawaii is Lanikai beach, which translates as “heavenly sea”. With its fine white sand and brilliant aqua blue water this name seems quite fitting. Lanikai is fringed with palm trees and with water temperatures rarely dipping below 75° F (24° C) there is no mistaking you are in the tropics. Unlike many of Oahu’s other great beaches, Lanikai is not designated a beach park. This means it is short on facilities such as showers and parking, however, this hasn’t stopped it being one of the most popular beaches on the island.

What makes Lanikai beach instantly recognizable are the N? Mokulua or “the Mokes” - these are the twin islands which sit less than a mile offshore. Both islands are nature reserves and part of the Hawaii State Seabird Sanctuary which means the smaller of the islands is completely out of bounds. You can swim or kayak out to the larger of the two islands but the seas can be dangerous and tiger sharks are known to frequent the ocean side of the islands!

If (unlike me) you are an early riser then Lanikai is a great spot to take in a sunrise. On the right day the sun even obligingly pops up right between the Mokes. Fortunately, for the rest of us Lanikai beach is also a great place to see the moon rising.

Nearest city

Kailua

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Lanikai Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Sun Feb 23rd 12:00)

Rain showers

(Rain showers)
26°C / 79°F

Sea temperature
24.2°C
75.5°F
Wind NW
Rain 0.5mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Sun 23rd
Rain showers 26°C / 79°F NW

2 mph
3 km/h

Mon 24th
Light rain showers 26°C / 79°F NE

6 mph
10 km/h

Tue 25th
Fair 25°C / 77°F ENE

16 mph
26 km/h

Wed 26th
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F ENE

19 mph
30 km/h

Thu 27th
Rain showers 24°C / 75°F NE

17 mph
28 km/h

Fri 28th
Rain showers 24°C / 75°F ENE

20 mph
32 km/h

5 Day Lanikai Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Lanikai Beach tide times & sea state

  • Sun 23/02 »
    Surf report for Sun 23/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
    11:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
    17:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 7mph
    Tide times
    High 3:20am (2.04m)
    Low 9:37am (0.46m)
    High 2:37pm (1.23m)
    Low 8:39pm (-0.07m)
    Daylight
    First light06:33
    Sunrise06:55
    Sunset18:32
    Dark18:54
  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 8mph
    11:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
    17:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
    Tide times
    High 3:41am (1.97m)
    Low 9:55am (0.40m)
    High 3:13pm (1.29m)
    Low 9:09pm (0.02m)
    Daylight
    First light06:32
    Sunrise06:55
    Sunset18:32
    Dark18:55
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
    11:00 7ft 19s  °  ° 22mph
    17:00 8ft 17s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    High 4:01am (1.88m)
    Low 10:16am (0.35m)
    High 3:49pm (1.32m)
    Low 9:40pm (0.16m)
    Daylight
    First light06:32
    Sunrise06:54
    Sunset18:33
    Dark18:55
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 24mph
    11:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 24mph
    17:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    High 4:20am (1.75m)
    Low 10:37am (0.30m)
    High 4:29pm (1.33m)
    Low 10:10pm (0.33m)
    Daylight
    First light06:31
    Sunrise06:53
    Sunset18:33
    Dark18:56
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 22mph
    11:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 23mph
    17:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 23mph
    Tide times
    High 4:35am (1.62m)
    Low 11:00am (0.25m)
    High 5:15pm (1.31m)
    Low 10:41pm (0.52m)
    Daylight
    First light06:30
    Sunrise06:52
    Sunset18:34
    Dark18:56
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 25mph
    14:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 26mph
    20:00 9ft 16s  °  ° 27mph
    Tide times
    High 4:47am (1.48m)
    Low 11:25am (0.22m)
    High 6:10pm (1.29m)
    Low 11:16pm (0.72m)
    Daylight
    First light06:29
    Sunrise06:52
    Sunset18:34
    Dark18:56

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