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.

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.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Lanikai?

Whether you want a cozy escape for you and your boo or someplace roomy to fit all your friends, you'll find some top vacation rentals in and around Lanikai. Here are a couple to get you thinking:

  • "Sandy Beachfront /direct Oceanfront - Allowed One Rental Per 30 Day Period" is a guest favorite. Around 30 miles from Lanikai, it has 1 bedroom and lots of amenities to help you feel at home, including a meal delivery service and a sauna.
  • Another top choice is "Charming Ocean Front/ Beach Front", which is around 25 miles from Lanikai. Featuring 1 bedroom, nearby birdwatching activities and nearby whale-watching activities, it has everything you need to make your visit comfortable.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Lanikai vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in or near Lanikai?

For a unique kind of vacation experience, book a tiny house rental in Lanikai. A word of caution though — after you've experienced the tiny house lifestyle, the urge to move into one of these pocket-sized digs will be tough to resist!

  • Get set for a simpler way of life at "Tiny House Best Location In Kailua". Amenities at this gem in Honolulu County include a nearby beach, daily housekeeping services and more.
  • "New Tiny House Big Yard Fruit Trees Fire Pit Ocean Views Beach Gear" in Honolulu County is another highly rated option. Golf and internet services will make your time here more comfortable.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Lanikai?

Nothing beats a short escape to perk you up. Pack your carry-on bag and take a breather at one of these irresistible weekend getaways in and around Lanikai:

  • "Kailua Beachside - 5 - Bedroom" is an outstanding option around 1 mile northwest of central Lanikai. You'll never have to wander far to find something to keep you occupied around here. Get out and visit Diamond Head State Monument and Kalihi Ice Ponds. Activities like surfing and boogie boarding and basketball will add a nice finishing touch to your whirlwind break.
  • "Beautiful Oceanfront Home Pool" is another great setting for a fun few days away. Around 30 miles northwest of Lanikai, use it as a base to try some golf or snorkeling. One'ula Beach and Ko Olina Beach Park also have to be on your must-do list while you're here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Lanikai?

Studio apartments may be small in size, but they sure pack a punch when it comes to location and convenience. Spend your getaway at one of these popular studio apartments in or near Lanikai:

  • After an exciting day of urban exploration, come home to the comforts of "Sandy Beachfront /direct Oceanfront - Allowed One Rental Per 30 Day Period". Tennis and a smart TV are among the handy amenities you'll find here.
  • "Charming Ocean Front/ Beach Front" is another superb stay, offering all you could need for the ideal Lanikai getaway. Handy amenities here include water sports equipment and cable/satellite TV services.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Lanikai?

Whether you're seeking a studio apartment for two or a villa that'll fit the entire family, there's no shortage of short-term rentals in and around Lanikai. These retreats are an ideal base for a quick visit:

  • Within easy reach of central Lanikai, "Luxury Beachfront Ocean Villa 217 With Newest Interior Remodel Turtle Bay Resort" welcomes short-term guests. When you're not relaxing in your comfortable digs, get out and discover all the cool stuff around you.
  • "Large Corner Condo In Beach Tower Steps To Beach" is also ideally located. Bunk down here and discover why many guests rate this getaway highly.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Lanikai?

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a romantic weekend escape. If you want to spend a couple of relaxing evenings away with your beloved, we've got some romantic getaways in and around Lanikai that will sweep you off your feet:

  • Sneak off on Friday afternoon for a couple of passion-filled evenings at "Sandy Beachfront /direct Oceanfront - Allowed One Rental Per 30 Day Period". Roughly 30 miles from Lanikai, this property comes with plenty of nice touches, like massage services and a resort.
  • Another place where you can spend a few precious days together is "Charming Ocean Front/ Beach Front". Located 25 miles from Lanikai, beauty services and a restaurant dining guide add to the atmosphere here.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Lanikai?

Browse these large group vacation rentals in or near Lanikai where you won't have to leave anyone off your invite list:

  • There's loads of room to spread out at "Licensed Short Term Rental Beach Front". Around 2 miles northwest of Lanikai, this expansive retreat has 5 bedrooms accommodating up to 14 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including a beach view and a water view.
  • Nothing takes priority over being together with loved ones, and "Large Beachfront 5 Bedroom Home" is the perfect place to do that. Located around 25 miles to the northwest of Lanikai, as many as 20 people can stay in this vacation rental which has 5 bedrooms. A garden and a beach view are among the numerous amenities you'll have at hand.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Lanikai?

A pool is often a must-have feature of any good vacation. Enjoy hours of entertainment frolicking about or simply chilling out by the water at one of these refreshing getaways in or near Lanikai:

  • Make every day a pool day at "Waimea Point Oceanfront House - - With Air Conditioning". Coffee and tea making facilities and on-site watersports are a few of the other amenities that help make this place so appealing.
  • Alternatively, stay at "Beachfront Palaypa - Former Mission House" and spend your break poolside. A kitchen and a TV are other things your gang will like about this property.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Lanikai?

You love your family, but that doesn't mean you need to cram together like sardines on vacation. Take no chances and book a large family vacation rental in or around Lanikai where you can spread out and relax:

  • Located about 1 mile northwest of Lanikai, "Kailua Beachside - 5 - Bedroom" sleeps up to 10 guests over 5 bedrooms. As well as tons of space to sprawl out, amenities here include a separate dining area and a fridge.
  • Another fabulous option is "Beautiful Oceanfront Home Pool". It's about 30 miles northwest of Lanikai, has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Coffee and tea making facilities and a smart TV are just a few of the conveniences here.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in or near Lanikai?

Add an extra touch of grandeur to your getaway by booking someplace with a private indoor pool. These stunning large houses in or near Lanikai have a swimming space that's your very own, along with loads of room for whoever is lucky enough to be coming along:

  • Invite friends and family over for a refreshing swim at "Wifi, View Mountain, Fitness, Swimming Pool". This rental has space to spare, with 3 bedrooms comfortably sleeping up to 7 guests. A swimming pool and a sauna are other things to love about this place.
  • Alternatively, spend your break at "Beautiful Island Beach Home, Steps To Beach. Make Memories", which has 3 bedrooms and caters for up to 8 guests. Along with that swish pool tucked away inside, a kitchen and a swimming pool will help keep everyone happy and comfortable.

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