The Best Swimming in Hawaii

Looking for the best swimming in Hawaii? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Hawaii. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top swimming spots in and near Hawaii

  • Maui County, Hawaii

    Hike & Swim Twin Falls, Maui

    3.5
    1 mi
    The parking area for the trail is right off of Hana Hwy. The lot may be packed which isn't surprising as a lot of people visit, but there aren't as many people once you start exploring the falls. From the lot, you will see a food stand beside the start of the trail which a great place to get some...
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  • Hāna, Hawaii

    Hike to the Seven Sacred Pools

    3.7
    0.6 mi / 100 ft gain
    This hike departs from the Kpahulu Visitor Center and heads out along the Kuloa Trail. The trail will take you through a bamboo forest and past several pools and falls. Be sure to get there early as the later it gets in the day, the more crowded the pools get. Hike the route counter-clockwise and...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Explore Waipi'o Valley

    5.0
    3 mi
    From the parking area, walk down the narrow, crazy steep four-wheel drive road for 0.75 mile until the road levels. A few 4WD vehicles, either foolhardy (tourist) or knowledgable (local) may be inching up and down. Head to the right toward the beach for 0.45 mile and arrive on the black sand beac...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Hike to Lulumahu Falls

    4.4
    2.3 mi / 900 ft gain
    Park off the Old Pali Highway before the lookout in the dirt parking lot. There is an entry along the fence that will go through. The first part of the hike takes you through a bamboo forest. Most of the time it will be muddy, so be prepared to get dirty. This will lead you to an open grassy val...
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  • Kula, Hawaii

    Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku

    4.9
    4 mi
    Located in Haleakala National Park on Maui's southeastern coast, this trail is well maintained by the National Park Service and is quite popular with visitors. Like most popular hikes, it is advised you get there early and try to go on a weekday and in the offseason if possible. Entrance to the p...
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  • Hanalei, Hawaii

    Relax at Tunnels Beach, Kauai

    4.9
    Makua, aka Tunnels, is known for its incredible mountain scenery. This beach also offers great snorkeling, where people will usually see turtles. Public parking, bathrooms and showers are available at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels. Be sure to head to the beach early, parking on the tow...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Hike to Hanakāpī‘ai Falls

    5.0
    8 mi / 500 ft gain
    This hike is on the beginning section of the Kalalau trail, at Ke'e Beach. Your trip begins with a winding 2 mile trail to Hanakapi`ai Beach. The beach is a beautiful place to hang out and relax, there's a stream where you can take a dip, and bathrooms if you need to stop. Unfortunately, there's ...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Cliff Jump at China Walls

    5.0
    I was told about this spot by a friend who lived there for a little, and it turned out to be amazing. The waves break and crash right against the wall where you can catch a wave or just jump right in. No long beach to walk on, few people, and amazing blue water.Head towards Koko Kai Mini Beach Pa...
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  • Paia, Hawaii

    Exploring the Road to Hana

    4.3
    Start near Paia on Highway 36 and head east. The road is famous for its many twists and turns, so consider taking lots of breaks to get some fresh air and avoid getting car sick. There are many stops along the way, from ice cream to medium length hikes. Some of the Best Stops: Coconut Glen's: t...
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  • Honolulu, Hawaii

    Cliff Jumping at Alan Davis

    4.5
    Alan Davis is what the locals call it, but the official name is the “Ka’Iwi Scenic Shoreline” and it's known to be a good place to do some cliff jumping because of the easy access, clear water, and poles that are already positioned for jumpers in the rocky shoreline.Park in the same lot that take...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Soaking in Queen's Bath

    4.7
    Between the frequent rains and the often overcast forecast, Kauai is not always the typical Hawaiian tropical getaway people dream of. But there are few islands that offer the same majestic waterfalls, luscious valleys, world renowned breaks, and more. Like a handful of the island's other gems, Q...
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  • Lahaina, Hawaii

    Beach Day at Kaanapali Beach

    4.5
    Kaanapali Beach is about a 45-minute drive from Kahului Airport, and only two miles from Lahaina.  Nearly all of the seaside resorts here back right up to the beach, making it an ideal place to stay if beach time is your top priority.  If you are not staying on Kannapali, there are several pay-to...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Relax at Kauai's Secret Beach

    4.8
    Is a so-called ‘secret beach’ that sits on Secret Beach Road considered secret anymore? Perhaps not, but don’t let that deter you from exploring the depths of Kauai’s renown Kauapea Beach, more widely known as Secret Beach.The 3,000-foot long north shore beach is known for it’s size, privacy, and...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Kayak the Wailua and Hike to Secret (Uluwehi) Falls

    5.0
    1.5 mi
    First, you need kayaks to get on the river. I bring my Oru Kayak with me everywhere, but we did have to rent one additional, and there are rentals everywhere - a quick Google search will get you tons of options. You can launch your boat from directly across the Wailua River Marina where you see t...
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  • Mountain View, Hawaii

    Hike to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

    4.9
    Papakolea Beach aka Green Sand Beach is situated in a bay cut into a side of a cinder cone that erupted thousands of years ago. The green sand is created by a silicate deposit (mineral deposit) of lava called, which stays on this beach because it is heavier than the other, lighter components of t...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Hike to Turtle Cave

    3.8
    0.75 mi / 62 ft gain
    Turtle Cave is located within a small bay on the Princeville side of Kauai. This hike requires swimming, repelling down a steep cliff and potentially high tides.  This particular access point is located on private property, so you should be staying in one of the rentals or traveling with a guest....
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