Hawaii Island Beaches

The "Big Island" of Hawaii


Beaches of "The Big Island" of Hawaii

Beaches of Hawaii island are often found on the list of "Best World Beaches". The island is home to a variety of beaches including white sand beaches, black sand and green sand beaches, and perfect snorkeling beaches. If you like adventure, take a road trip and discover some of Hawaii Island's rugged, off-the-beaten-path beaches that are wild, remote and undiscovered by the typical throng of bus riding tourist.


Kohala Coast

The Kohala Coast was formed by eruptions from Hualalai and is a contrast from black lava rock fields to white sand beaches. Just a short 20 minute drive north from Kona International Airport, you'll find a green oases of some of Hawaii’s best golf courses, world-class accommodations and fine dining. South Kohala region receives less than nine inches of rainfall annually with average temperatures ranging from 80-95 degrees year-round.


Hapuna Beach

Consistently ranked a "top ten beach," Hapuna Beach is located just north of Kona on a long stretch of beautiful white sand in this tropical island paradise. Hapuna is popular with locals as well as tourist. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, boogie boarding and camping in the state park. Learn more...


Mauna Kea Beach

One of Hawai'i Island's most pristine beaches. Shallow beach that's great for swimming and snorkeling since the waves are mellow. Located on the Kohala Coast just over 30 miles north of Kailua-Kona. -Learn more...


Waialea Beach (Beach 69) 

Another beautiful white sand beach in Hawaii.

This beach is popular with tourists as well as locals because of the good snorkeling and shade from the surrounding trees. Less crowded than neighboring Hapuna. Learn more...

Kona Coast


Manini'owali Beach

(Kua Bay)

Manini’owali Beach, better known as Kua Bay Beach on the north end the Kekaha Kai State Park area. This is not a good snorkeling beach but great for swimming and body boarding. Learn more...


Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

Makalawena is what you dream of when you envision Hawaiian beaches. Makalawna is not easy to reach. Unless you have a jeep, you will need to park on the shoulder of the highway and walk about 20-25 minutes over rough lava as the trail descends to the beach. Take Route 19 from Kailua-Kona north to the Kona Coast State Park. The trail head is not marked but is between mile markers 89 and 90. The waves here are okay for boogie boarding but not for surfing. The snorkeling is also very good as you will see a large variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. There are no services on the beach.-Read reviews...


Kahaluu Beach


Kahaluu Beach Park (pronounced: Kah-hah-loo) is a great spot if you’re just learning to snorkel or first time visitors to the island. It has easy access and is right in Kailua-Kona. Kahaluu. It’s not the typical postcard white sand beach, but it has many benefits to offer. Spend the day here snorkeling and sunbathing and then watch the sun drift behind the horizon as you witness a tropical Hawaiian sunset. There are restrooms and showers for your convenience.-Read reviews...


Honaunau Bay

Some of the best snorkeling you will find on the island can be found here. It’s a great place for the kids. Be sure to bring a vest or boogie board as you may want to swim out to deeper water. The visibility is great. You also might get lucky enough to play with the dolphins as they are known to frequent here. There are no vendors or public services. -Read reviews...


Mahana Beach

Green Sand Beach

One of four green sand beaches in the world, Papakolea is located in the Ka'u district on the south tip of the island. Most rental car companies will not permit you to drive their cars down the access road to this beach. If you do make the trip, you should plan to stay the whole day. From where you park, it is a three mile walk down to the beach. Bring lots of water! The ocean conditions here can change in a very few minutes and can be unpredictable. Be very careful and if you have any doubt at all, stay out of the water. Read more...


Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Coconut palm trees line the edge of the beautiful black sand beach. A great beach for taking pictures and experience the black sand. It is unsafe for swimming and snorkeling. Punaluu is only a mile off the highway and easily accessible by car. A word of caution for you. Do not under any circumstances touch the turtles. There is a $5000+ fine for doing so. The beach is located between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Naalehu. There are public restrooms as well as picnic tables for your convenience.-Read reviews...

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