Oahu Hotel Beaches: Duh, they’re more crowded than you think

by admin on September 29, 2009

Here’s a special surprise for everyone: beaches in Hawaii are crowded. Just like Vegas pools.

Listen, all we’re saying is that you shouldn’t expect the beach behind your Hawaiian hotel to look much like the beach that particular hotel has pictured on its website. The real thing may be a different beach altogether, a big patch of sand densely populated with children and their inflatable beachgoing companions, or, you know, up against a mammoth construction site.

These wouldn’t necessarily qualify as photo “fakeouts,” per se — more like “somewhat misleading inclusion of photos of deserted beaches in photo galleries on hotel websites.”

Observe:

In Hyatt Regency Waikiki's photo gallery

In Hyatt Regency Waikiki's photo gallery

Our Hyatt Regency Waikiki beach experience

Our Hyatt Regency Waikiki beach experience

Hilton Hawaiian Village shows no people in the water

Hilton Hawaiian Village shows no people in the water

Oh look! People in the water. And a parking lot!

Oh look! People in the water. And a parking lot!

 

In conclusion: you won’t have the beach to yourself. You know, in case you were confused.  

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous October 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

While generally I would agree your argument. The hotel’s photo is titled “Rejuvenate at beautiful Lanikai Beach”. Your picture is of Waikiki beach, not Lanikai Beach. They are on opposite sides of the island.

Nanita October 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

Anybody who goes to Waikiki expecting an uncrowded beach is fooling themselves mightily. Just drive 1/2 hour to the windward side to enjoy Kailua beach (3 miles long) and Lanikai beach (the one in the top left picture) and they do look a lot like this. Sure, there will be some other people, but they will be far enough away to avoid forced sunscreen snorting (of the other guy’s sunscreen) and wall-to-wall beach towels. A rule of thumb for Hawaii beaches: if you have to make a little more effort to get there, it will be a better beach. For those unwilling to make much effort, Queen’s Surf, at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, is generally less crowded than the part in front of the hotels. And that’s just a 10-minute walk even a tourist could stand.

Cimorene October 25, 2009 at 8:25 pm

As an Oahu native, I agree that the first picture is of Lanikai and not Waikiki like the Oyster picture, but Lanikai beach is also popular and usually decently crowded.

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