HANAUMA BAY IS #1

HANAUMA BAY IS #1

Hanauma Bay Beach Park is located on the eastern end of Oahu. There is limited parking so the best way is to reach this stunning white sand coral beach enclosed in a breached volcano is to take the Waikiki Beach Shuttle. The marine protected area, which has the best accessible snorkeling in Hawaii, is closed on Tuesdays to give the fish a chance to rest. In fact, this became the first no-smoking beach in Hawaii because of the necessity to protect the thousands of beautifully-colored tropical fish which span the rainbow. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities.

Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach")

For more than than 25 years, Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") has reviewed, evaluated and rated beaches and coastal areas throughout the world. In addition to his annual ranking of America's Best Beaches, he works tirelessly to increase awareness about the dangers of rip currents.
Dr. Stephen Leatherman
Dr. Stephen Leatherman
Dr. Beach

2016 TOP 10 BEACH LIST

WINNER: HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE, OAHU, HAWAII (CLICK ON IMAGES OF THE 'TOP 10' BELOW)

RIP CURRENTS are powerful currents of water moving away from the shore, capable of sweeping even the strongest swimmers out to sea and are often called "killer currents" for a good reason. Although estimates vary, rip currents are responsible for approximately 150 deaths every year in the US and likely thousands worldwide. Through raising awareness and increasing understanding, we seek to dramatically reduce the number of fatalities from this lurking danger. For more information about rip currents and beach safety, please visit www.ripcurrents.com

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