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.
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Lanikai Beach Weather Info
Current weather (Sun Feb 23rd 12:00)
26°C / 79°F
Week weather forecast
Sun 23rd26°C / 79°F
Mon 24th26°C / 79°F
Tue 25th25°C / 77°F
Wed 26th25°C / 77°F
Thu 27th24°C / 75°F
Fri 28th24°C / 75°F
5 Day Lanikai Beach UV Index
A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.
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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 light 06:33 Sunrise 06:55 Sunset 18:32 Dark 18:54
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 light 06:32 Sunrise 06:55 Sunset 18:32 Dark 18:55
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 light 06:32 Sunrise 06:54 Sunset 18:33 Dark 18:55
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 light 06:31 Sunrise 06:53 Sunset 18:33 Dark 18:56
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 light 06:30 Sunrise 06:52 Sunset 18:34 Dark 18:56
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 light 06:29 Sunrise 06:52 Sunset 18:34 Dark 18:56