Two Hawaii beaches made it onto FlightNetwork’s list of the world’s best beaches for 2017.
Maui’s Honokalani Beach is No. 28 on the list, a small volcanic crescent within Waianapanapa State Park 3 miles north of secluded Hana, with a tropical oasis of rare jet black sand and turquoise water.
Beyond simply enjoying the beach, the park comprises 122 acres of lava tubes, sea caves and water-spouting blowholes.
A view of the Mokuluas from Lanikai Beach.
Coming in at No. 41 is Oahu’s Lanikai Beach, a name that means “heavenly sea.” Public access points in the residential neighborhood of Lanikai can be a sore point with home owners, during peak holiday seasons, when people flock to this beach, known for its view of the twin Mokulua islands.
The top 10 beaches are:
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
2. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
3. Anse Lazio, on the northwest coast of Praslin Island, Seychelles
4. Pink Sands Beach, on Harbour Island, Bahamas
5. Navagio Beach, on Zakynthos Island, Greece
6. Baia Dos Porcos, in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Brazil
7. Playa Paraiso, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico
8. Hyams Beach, along Jervis Bay, on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia
9. Hidden Beach, an hourlong boat ride from Puerto Vallarta on the Islas Marietas
10. Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
To come up with the list, FlightNetwork consulted more than 600 of world’s best travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies to gain insight from their opinions and expertise to help travelers chart their destinations.
The full list of beaches is here: flightnetwork.com
Honokalani Beach courtesy FlightNetwork
Lanikai Beach by Ted Coombs