Beaches

Aerial view at Hapuna Beach in Hawaii Big Island
Aerial view at Hapuna Beach on Hawaii, the Big Island

Here’s our short list of popular beaches on the Big Island. Call us for more details and a complete list of options close to where you will stay.

Kahalu’u Beach Park – a speckled salt & pepper beach, as well as popular snorkeling spot in Kailua-Kona on Ali’i Drive. You can also find an easy long break here to learn how to surf.

Magic Sands Beach Park – a quaint little white sand beach in the heart of Kailua-Kona on Ali’i Drive. Famous for its changing topography as the sand disappears and reappears with the surf and seasons.

Kekahakai State Park – 10 miles North of Kona airport, turn off Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway between MM 90 & 91 onto a windy road ending at an exposed beach park with bbqs, pavillions, and parking. 3 beaches comprise this park stretching 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Mahai’ula Bay to Kua Bay park.

Mahaiula – The southernmost of 3 beaches making up Kekahakai State Park. A Beautiful, secluded white crescent sand beach, about a 10 minute walk from the main parking lot. Stunningly clear water and rarely crowded for a quiet and relaxed sunbathing experience.

Makalawena – Stunning white and soft sand beach. Limited access and no facilities. Centrally located in the park and a 20 minute walk north from Mahaiula.

Kua Bay / Manini’owali Beach – Small white sand beach with facilities. A separate designated entrance for this northernmost beach in the park offers easy and smooth, paved road access. For epic coastline views plan a side hike to the top of the 342-foot high Pu’u Ku’ili cinder cone.

Kiholo Bay – Located about 21 miles North of the Kona airport. Black pebble beach with shoreline trail. Make a reservation to camp overnight at one of its limited sites.

Anaeho’omalu or “A-Bay” – Access this sandy beach through Waikoloa Beach Resort. The south end has Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant and the north leads to a shady coastline trail along anchialine ponds.

Waialea Beach Park / Beach 69 – Located in between the Puako Beach community and Hapuna Beach. There’s ample parking at this keiki-friendly, shady beach lined by private residences. It’s set on a coral reef filled bay great for swimming, paddling, and snorkeling. *No fishing from the beach

Hapuna Beach State Park – Largest white sand beach on the Big Island. Excellent facilities, lifeguards, on site “snack shack” and rentals at Three Frogs Cafe, and lots of parking ($10/day non-residents). Natural shade is limited. In winter, it is famous for it’s large and short shore break. Popular spot for wading, body surfing, and boogie boarding. The Westin Hapuna sits on the north side of the beach with poolside bar.

Green Sand Beach – One of 3 green sand beaches in the world. Olivine, a volcanic glass, is more commonly recognized as the gem quality material peridot. It is created from the Island’s volcanic activity and finely deposited over time at this location. This is a hike to get to but well worth the experience. Located near South Point, the southern most point of the Island.

Punaluu Black Sand Beach – Located on the south end of the island this beach is famous for its black sand with lots of basking turtles or “honu”.

For information on Ocean Safety and beach details including surf forecast, weather, and facilities visit the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association’s Ocean Safety Website.