By Travel & Leisure
April 01, 2009

Big Island
Pololu Beach
This gorgeous strand on the rocky northern Kohala Coast may not be ideal for swimming or sunbathing, but it's the perfect setting for a romantic oceanfront picnic.

Polihale Beach
Fifteen miles of easy-to-reach pristine white sand on the Napali Coast, with big waves and hardly any people.

Polihua Beach
A beautiful stretch with a powerful current on the northwestern shore, ­surrounded by cliffs and accessible by four-wheel drive.

Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach
At the base of the King's Highway, in Hana, sea caves and lava tubes are ready to be explored.

Bellows Field Beach
A wide strip of the eastern shore that's sparsely populated (rare on Oahu), with shallow waters—great for swimmers.