Choose an Aloha Life Cocktail and We’ll Tell You Where to Spend Your Next Beach Day
Mix up your beach day routine in the mixologist-tested, cocktail-lover approved way! They say you can tell a lot about someone by their choice of drink – um, definitely! Chances are, we can totally tell whether you’re easy-breezy or boldly adventurous. And since we’re firm believers in finding the perfect splash for every sip this summer, we’ve paired your favorite Aloha Life cocktail with the beach guaranteed to be your perfect pick-me-up. So choose your fav drink and we’ll tell you where to spend your next beach day!
Choose an Aloha Life Cocktail
Heads up: we looove our honu. They are an important cultural symbol of Hawaii. Please be mindful of disturbing them. Onsite volunteers help make it a great experience for everyone – turtles included! So, let us pop open the prosecco while you relax on the beach with your new besties!
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Your next beach destination is actually two bays flanking famous Turtle Bay Resort. To the left, Turtle Bay’s break hosts smooth north swells: perfect for longboard surfing. To the right sits the calm Kuilima Cove: so maika’i (good) for snorkeling! Let your spirit live at both bays.
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Splash away your inhibitions by jumping off the giant rock formation to the left of the bay. Dive through the underwater cave and play in the shorebreak. Seriously, the water in the summer is like the holy grail of Hawaii. You just gotta be there!
But beware! The winter swell brews up unbelievably huge waves…that can break OVER the jumping rock. Which makes the bay ideal for the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave International Surf Contest. So be the first to test the waters (well, after asking the lifeguard!) at this iconic beach.
Tangent: Waimea Bay is seemingly bottomless – another thing you love (if only all drinks came that way…)! Speaking of drinks, the dark pink shades of our Endless Summer complement the dark turquoise of the bay. Talk about meant to be!
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Live your best life and snorkel with your royal subjects (over 300 Hawaiian fish species!). But more importantly, it’s, like, super majestic: this nature preserve is cradled in the mystique of a volcanic crater and was once the sacred fishing ground to ancient Hawaiian ali’i (chiefs), AKA the VIPs in ancient Hawaii. Yeah – we thought you’d like that part! Even more importantly, there’s a shuttle that takes you DIRECTLY to the beach! Oh. My. God. Yes.
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Known worldwide as Banzai Pipeline, this iconic beach is where barreling legendary waves became *a thing* During monstrous winter swells, the beach hosts competitions like the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the Billabong Pipe Masters. It’s like having front-row seats to the best surf contest ever.
But don’t worry (although you’re not!) about the swells… summertime brings flat waves and lots of chances to snorkel. Otherwise, we both know relaxing on the sand is just as perfect.
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Random trivia 1: Sans Souci means “without a care” in French.
Random trivia 2: it’s the namesake of Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer palace, which was supposed to be Berlin’s Versailles. Like, right??
Random trivia 3: the first telegraphic link between Hawaii and the mainland was connected off Kaimana Beach’s shore in 1902!
Phew, so much history in one place, it makes us want another Kula Shaker. And now if anyone asks, you’ll blow them away…per usual!
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It’s almost as if golden hour amplifies your superpower (which we’re pretty sure is straight up just being amazing). Seriously, is the sun setting just for you?? Since you’ll likely find nirvana on this North Shore coastline, make sure to bring along good vibes and your best buds for Sunset’s golden sunset. Get ready to shout “WEEERRRK” as a fire sky flitters into shades of pink, blue, and purple. Yaas, sun, YAAAS.
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Anyway, the bay is nestled between the majestic Makapu’u cliffs and the tip of Wailea Point: perfect for taking in the beauty the windward side. Get lost in the forest of towering Ironwood trees or wander along the bay’s 3-mile long coast. Tread above turquoise waves or sink to the sandy seafloor. Either way, you’re sure to find happiness in the bay!
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(Usually) shark-free, locals will totally tell you that these tidepools are the best snorkeling spot on the North Shore. Imagine swimming along, singing la-di-da, then WOW, turtle. OMG, manta ray. OH HI, tons of fish, like, seriously, fish everywhere. Don’t blink! And shake (not stir) your way over to get your fill of the extraordinary.
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Separated only by a breakwater, these two leeegendary Waikiki surf breaks sing praise to surf legend Duke Kahanamoku (yeah, that’s his statue!). Follow the Duke to Canoes and ride the best surf break on the South Shore. Or go to the Duke’s right and relax in Queens’ mellow waves. Or go on a tour. Take a surf lesson. Ride a canoe for the heck of it! Since our mocktail won’t slow you down, the adventure is yours to decide.
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Literally “Heaven Ocean” in Hawaiian, Lanikai is proof there’s no better way to start your day than rising with the sun on its shores. Dance – or kayak! – as the sky bursts with purple, pink, and orange over an ocean of glistening aquamarine and turquoise. It’s so revitalizing, we swear to Goddess we were reborn, like, happier. Keep your spirit bright all day (smart choice with this yummy mocktail), because Lanikai is just as gorgeous in the moonlight!
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Get your sweat on at any of the exercise spaces available in the park’s 100 acres of lush green space. Jog the paved paths and take in all the hard work put into the park’s aesthetics. You can even swoon at sunset over the lagoon to satisfy the romantic in you. You’ll pucker up (not just because of our deliciously sour mocktail!) with excitement at this beautiful getaway in the heart of Honolulu.
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