Destination guide

Welcome to the "Heavenly Sea"

Fringed by white sand and swaying palms, Lanikai is an exclusive enclave on the windward coast of Oahu. In Hawaiian the name translates to "Heavenly Sea", a nod to its jewel-colored water. While it spans just half a mile, the pristine stretch of sand is consistently ranked among the best on the planet. Scores of privately owned mansions line the beach, with emerald-green lawns that stretch right down to the sand. Lanikai vacation rentals unlock access to a handful of these coveted properties, complete with million-dollar views.

Things to do

Beach hopping on Oahu

Kailua Beach Park is a 5-minute drive up the coast, and is known for its dramatic volcanic headlandsÊand turquoise water. The long sandy beach is ideal for swimming, beachcombing or enjoying a fiery sunset. For a glimpse at Oahu's rich local ecosystem, don't miss a day trip to Kawai Nui Marsh. It's an important habitat for endangered water birds, including Hawaiian stilt, coots,ÊgallinulesÊandÊducks. Meanwhile, perched at the top of Kaiwa Ridge are a pair of World War 2 military bunkers _ a fascinating find for history buffs. If you feel like stretching your legs, the epic Pillbox Trail rewards hikers with panoramic views over Lanikai Beach.


A Pacific paradise

A pair of postcard-perfect islands sit just offshore, known locally as the Mokes. With powdery sand and lush coconut palms, they're the definition of paradise. On calm days, kayakingÊand SUPing are fantastic ways to explore the islands. If you're lucky, you could spot whales or dolphins frolicking in the bay. Lanikai is also close to a few patches of coral reef that are ideal for snorkeling. For a lively street scene head to Kailua, where you'll find laid-back poke bars, organic juice cafes and breezy microbreweries. On Sundays the Kailua Town Farmers' Market is a great place to stock up on local island produce.


Surf's up in Lanikai

Winter is high season in Oahu, when legions of sunseekers descend on the island. Lanikai vacation rentals make the most of the weather, with sun-drenched terraces, sparkling swimming pools and direct access to the beach. Winter brings big swells to the Oahu coast which makes it a great time to check out Hawaii's legendary surf scene. For Lanikai locals, September to November is a sweet spot. There's plenty of sunshine, the beach is wonderfully uncrowded and temperatures hover around the mid 70s.

Natural features

Discover Hawaii's most beautiful beach

It may be small, but Lanikai has a big reputation. It's celebrated as one of Hawaii's most beautiful beaches and with its gleaming white sand, swaying palms and dreamy offshore islands it's easy to see why. Access is via a series of public beach paths that lead from the main road down to the sand. Of course, if you've secured a Lanikai vacation rentals property you'll be just steps from the beach. Thanks to its position on the island, Lanikai is a fantastic place to watch the moon rise over the glassy Pacific Ocean.

Where to stay around Lanikai?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 130 vacation rentals near Lanikai. From 83 Houses to 16 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lanikai for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Lanikai?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lanikai:

  • Waikiki: 2,540 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 233 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 3,314 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 1,890 vacation rentals
  • Ewa: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lanikai?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lanikai. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lanikai Pillboxes Trailhead: 3,456 vacation rentals
  • Kailua Beach: 3,473 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head State Monument: 2,814 vacation rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 744 vacation rentals
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa: 3,447 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lanikai listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lanikai?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 83 Houses in Lanikai. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lanikai include:

  • Cottages: 16 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 16 rentals available
  • Villas: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lanikai?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 37 vacation rentals with pool available in Lanikai. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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