The Big Island is the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands. It takes time for beaches to develop so there are few of them here. Often the sand is more coarse than those on the islands to the north, making water shoes necessary.


Always watch for sneaker waves, especially if you have youngsters near the water.  These oversized and unexpected waves can mow down even larger folks.


For the best beach experience, we suggest heading out in the morning.  You have more opportunity to see sea life before the crowds arrive.  Finding parking for your rental Jeep is easier too.


Good beach etiquette includes no littering, keeping well away from all turtles, no feeding the fish and never walking on coral.

Below are 5 of our favorite beaches located fairly close to Kailua-Kona

Hapuna Beach State Park

This beautiful, white sand beach is on everyone’s Top Ten List. Located north of Kona on the south Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach is ideal for snorkeling, boarding, sunbathing and swimming.


Kahalu'u Beach Park

This is a great place to snorkel. Colorful fish are abundant and turtles are usually easy to spot. Be sure to float above, but don’t walk on, the fragile coral.


Punaluu Black Sand Beach

What a place to enjoy a picnic. You might be lucky enough to see sea turtles here. The beach is at the bottom of the island, between Volcanoes National Park and the town of Naalehu.


La'aloa Beach Park

Aka Magic Sands or White Sands beach. Just a short ride down Alii Drive from Kona, this beach is a great place to watch the waves break. You might see surfers and body boarders here too.


Anaeho'omalu Bay

Picture electric-blue water rolling over salt and pepper beach. Add turtles, sunsets and nearby petroglyphs and you have perfection. The bay is located north of Kona in the Kohala Resort Area.


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