Kailua Beach on Oahu, Hawaii © Hawaii Tourism Authority/Tor Johnson

The wow factor: A half-mile stretch of soft, white sand lapped by turquoise water and fanned by gentle breezes, Kailua Beach forms the focal point of a park and lies 30 minutes from Honolulu on Oahu’s Windward Coast. It is a previous winner of the prestigious America’s Best Beach title by Dr Beach, aka Dr Stephen Leatherman, the country’s leading authority on beach quality. Kailua is a water sports hub and you can rent kayaks, windsurfers and body boards. Kailua Town has a laid-back feel with lots of restaurants and shops, while Kalua Beach Park has picnic benches and large, grassy areas which are perfect for an al fresco lunch by the ocean.

Did you know? Dr Beach has named 12 Hawaii beaches as America’s Best since he began picking his annual award winners in 1991 – twice as many as the next highest-ranked state, Florida.

Stay: Funway Holidays offers five nights staying at the Ohana East on Oahu and five nights at the Aston Islander on the Beach, on Kauai, from £2,999. The price includes return international flights, inter-island flights and is on a room-only basis. www.funwayholidays.co.uk

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