Waikiki Beach


Hawaii’s Island of Oahu is blessed with countless beaches, bays and coves, with clear blue water glittering in the sun, and swaying palm trees lining its shoreline.

Deciding which beach to visit however can be tricky when you’ve got a busy schedule, especially if you’re traveling for business with limited time for relaxation, or you’re visiting as a family and have children in tow.

You’ll be delighted to discover a fantastic collection of beaches within walking distance of Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra, ideal for stretching out on a beach towel and soaking in some rays, or taking a much-needed refreshing dip in the ocean. There are also numerous beaches to explore along the Oahu coastline. With so many to mention, here are a few of our top picks for you to consider when staying at our Honolulu hotel.

One of the closest beaches to your accommodation, Ala Moana Beach Park can be reached by foot in just 10 minutes. It’s a popular spot with locals due to it being much less crowded than Waikiki Beach. Whether you’re wanting to swim, stand-up-paddle-board, or simply take an evening stroll where you can watch the sunset or dip your toes in the water, this is the perfect place to do so.

Magic Island Beach

From Ala Moana Beach Park you’re a 5 minute walk from Magic Island Beach, or a total of 15 minutes' from your Honolulu hotel. Rated one of the best local beaches in Oahu, Magic Island offers all of the benefits that the more popular beaches provide without the crowds. It's possible to enjoy a little more freedom along with picnic facilities and spacious grass areas. Throw down a picnic rug, kick a ball, play frisbee, have a swim, or simply take it all in and make the most of the picturesque views Magic Island Beach offers.
It’s impossible to visit Honolulu without gracing the shores of Waikiki Beach, ideally located within close proximity of Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra. World renowned, Waikiki Beach is said to have made Hawaii famous. Tranquil waters lapping against golden shores with Diamond Head as its backdrop, Waikiki Beach is as iconic as it gets and just a short walk from your Honolulu accommodation. While it can get a little overcrowded with tourists, don’t let that retract from you making the most that it has to offer and be sure to get those important photo opportunities.

Laniakea Beach

Feeling adventurous and wanting to venture out a little further? Laniakea Beach is a worthwhile 50 minute drive from your hotel in Honolulu, offering a spectacular experience. Often referred to as Turtle Beach, people visit annually to witness the Hawaiian Sea Turtle population migrate to its protected waters. An opportunity of a lifetime, you can even enter the water and swim with the sea turtles in their natural environment. If you’re heading to Laniakea or Turtle Beach, be sure to bring along your swimmers and snorkel gear. Just be sure to stay at least two meters away from the turtles when you’re swimming with them.

Pupukea Beach

If you’re looking for places to snorkel in Oahu or already visiting Laniakea Beach, Pupukea Beach is only 10 minutes away, making it little over an hours’ drive in total from Honolulu. Offering a safe lagoon with crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling, you’ll immediately fall in love with the underwater world. Snorkel around rocks within this sheltered area and discover the countless fish and coral that live in the water below. If you’re traveling with kids, the tide pools offer the perfect place to swim without the concern of strong currents or large waves. It’s also close to Pipeline Beach if you’re planning to make a day of it.

Pipeline Beach

You know you’re in Oahu when you get to Pipeline Beach. One of Hawaii’s most iconic and world-renowned beaches of all time, whether you’re an avid surfer, like following the sport, or are in the area visiting nearby beaches, Pipeline is an absolute must-see on your agenda. Host to the Billabong Pipe Masters, it brings together the best surfers from across the globe with its gnarly barrels. What's more, it’s the last event in the competition’s line-up and can often determine the champion of this elite contest!