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Big Island, Hawaii   Anaeho'omalu Beach
Take Highway 19 north from Kona toward the Kohala Resort Area. Turn left at Mile Marker #76. Turn left at the road across from Kings' Shops. Parking for the beach is at the end of this road.
Salt and pepper sand beach, perfect for swimming, diving and snorkeling and is fairly well protected from strong surf due to the offshore reef. Great place for take sunset photos. Resort facilities, shopping center, restaurants nearby. Picnic areas. No lifeguards on duty.
Big Island, Hawaii   Hilo Bay Beachfront Park
Location at Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo.
Black sand beach, water is murky and swimming conditions are poor. Hammerhead sharks are common in the bay. A nice place for a picnic and a popular surfing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and canoeing beach. Nice place for watch sunset. Parking, picnic tables, showers, restrooms on the shore. No lifeguard.
Big Island, Hawaii   Honokohau Beach
Take Highway 19 north from Kona. Turn left between Mile Markers #97 and 98. Park in the north lot of Honokohau Harbor and take the trail to this beach, past Ai'opio Beach.
This sandy beach is located further north of Ai'opio Beach off the trail to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Swimming is fair but snorkeling is good along the reef. Great views of the west coast. No lifeguards. Restroom off the trail.
Big Island, Hawaii   Honoli'i Beach Park
From Hilo, take Hwy 19 north; after the 4-mile marker, turn right onto Nahala St, then left onto Kahoa St. People park on the roadside and walk down to the park.
North of downtown Hilo, the protected cove at Honoli'i Beach Park has Hilo's best bodyboarding and surfing, particularly for beginners. It isn't the best for swimming, as the adjacent river often muddies the waters. Fantastic views of Hilo, lovely grassy picnic area, rest rooms, outdoor showers and a lifeguard.
Big Island, Hawaii   Isaac Hale Beach Park
Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. This Park is on the left, near Mile Marker #11.
Isaac Hale Beach Park, also known as Pohoiki is an oceanfront park, boat launch and surf location along Pohoiki Bay in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii.Pohoiki Bay is known for its strong currents and although the park is known for good snorkeling, conditions are usually not ideal. Grass and shadey areas, picnic tables, picnic pavillion, restrooms.
Big Island, Hawaii   James Kealoha Beach Park
From downtown Hilo, drive south on Kalanianaole Ave. After four miles, the beach park will be on your left.
James Kealoha Beach Park offers the whole package: nice views, watersports, sunbathing and even a few good fishing spots. Popular water activities include swimming, snorkeling, surfing, pole fishing and spearfishing. Good spot for picnicking with plenty of shade.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kahalu'u Beach Park
Take Ali'i Drive south from Kailua-Kona. This beach is located at Mile Marker #5, south of St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Kahalu'u Beach Park is dark-grey sand beach, next to St. Peter's Catholic Church and Ku'emanu Heiau. Great snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding place. A reef lies just offshore, good swimming inside the reef. Outside this area tuna, marlin, and dolphin can often be seen jumping. Facilities: Picnic tables. Rental concession. Lifeguards. Restrooms. Showers.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kahuwai Bay


Take Highway 19 north from Kona. Turn left just past Mile Marker #87. At the Four Seasons Resort guard house ask for a "public access pass" to the beach. Turn right at the intersection and follow the road to the parking area and Public Access trails to the beach.
Kahuwai Bay the best beach area is located in front of the Kona Village Resort. There's some green sea turtles on shore. Well-guarded secret of the Big Island diving community. But poor swimming conditions due to rough waters and difficult ocean access due to a slippery lava shelf, also no lifeguards. Beach offers nice sunset views and plenty of shade, ideal for picnics and relaxation.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kamakahonu Beach
Located in Kailua-Kona where Palani Road turns into Ali'i Drive.
Kamakahonu Beach is small sandy beach overlooks the 'Ahu'ena Heiau in Kailua Bay. Shallow water and usually calm ocean. Canoe, paddle boat and snorkel gear rentals. Great views of coast and sunset.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kapa'a Beach Park
Take Highway 270 north from Kawaihae. Turn left at the road just past Mile Marker #16 to the beach parking area.
Kapa'a Beach Park is a rocky beach is good for snorkeling and scuba diving. The water is clear and usually calm. Offshore there are good views of the neighboring island of Maui. Sunsets are great. Facilities: Picnic tables. BBQ grills. Restrooms. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kapoho Tide Pools


Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. Just before Mile Marker #9, turn left on Kapoho Kai Road. Take the next left on Kaheka and then right on Waiopae. The pools stretch for 1 mile along the coast.
This large collection of tidepools and spring fed pools with volcanically heated. It stretches almost a mile down the coast and extend up to 200 yards out into the ocean. A wide variety of fish, good snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing. No Facilities. Keep off of private property.
Big Island, Hawaii   Keaukaha Beach Park


Keaukaha Beach Park is located on the east shore of Hawaii (The Big Island) about 3 miles east of Hilo, HI.
Keaukaha Beach is one of many beaches along this stretch that offers swimming and snorkeling. In addition there are fresh water spring fed ponds scattered throughout.Facilities: parking, restrooms, picnic tables and shower.
Big Island, Hawaii   Ke'ei Beach


Ke'ei Beach located just south of Kealakekua Bay. Coming from State Highway 160, make a turn into Ke'ei Road and follow the road to the ocean.
Small beach near Kealakekua Bay, one of the best-kept secrets on the Big Island's Kona Coast, Poor swimming conditions, but good fishing, surfing and snorkeling. Nice surrounding scenery and views. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kehena Beach


The beach is located in the Puna district (Hilo side) off of Highway 137 near Mile Marker #19. There is a small parking lot on the side of the road. From here, walk towards the left (when facing the ocean). A narrow, steep and rocky trail leads down to the beach.
Kehena Beach is one of the few unofficial "clothing optional" beaches in Hawaii. It is a long, but narrow black-sand beach, also call Dolphin Beach because lot of spinner dolphins in this area. Swimming possible when the ocean is calm, Bodyboarding and fishing both good. No facilities, No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Keokea Beach


Take Highway 270 north and then west past the villages of Hawi and Kapaau. Turn left at Mile Marker #27 to the beach.
Keokea Beach is a boulder beach backed by sea cliffs. Poor swimming conditions, but good fishing and picnicking spot. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, BBQ grills. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kiholo Bay


From Highway 19, turn on the public access road between mile markers 82 and 83.
Kohala Bay has beautiful sights, fascinating wildlife, tide pools, ancient ponds and rock formations. A mini-island made of lava rock right at the heart of the bay. Turtles can often times be seen here. Good for swimming, snorkeling,surfing and fishing. No facilities, No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kolekole Beach


From Hilo, drive north on Hawaii Belt Road for about 10.5 miles (16.9 km). A sign marks the turnoff to the park on the right.
Kolekole Beach Park is a popular beach park with beautiful scenery, spacious grassy areas and facilities. Great place for picnic and fishing. Swimming in ocean not recommended due to rough conditions. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kuki'o Beach


  On Highway 19 near Mile Marker #87, drive into the Hualalei Four Seasons Resort and then make a left turn at the public beach access road. This road leads to a parking area. From here, there is a paved path to the beach.
Kuki'o Beach is a pretty white-sand beach, is not a good swimming beach as rocks make it difficult to enter the water. But good for fishing, snorkeling and kayaking. A few small brackish-water ponds are located near the beach. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park


From Hawaii Belt Road (Hwy 19), turn onto Laupahoehoe Point Road (near mile marker 27). Follow the road for about one mile (1.6 km) to the ocean.
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park is scenic peninsula on the Hamakua Coast. It is a nice spot for a picnic and picture taking, fishing. But when it comes to water activities, the options are limited. Facilites: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion with electricity, county-maintained boat ramp, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Leleiwi Beach Park


Located on Kalanianaole Avenue, east of Hilo.
Leleiwi Beach Park is a small black-sand beach and the rocky shoreline is made up of a few natural ponds, inlets and small rock islets. It is a good beach for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and picnicking. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilions, phones, parking, lifeguard.
Big Island, Hawaii   MacKenzie State Park


From Pahoa, take Highway 130 south. At the dead end at Highway 137, make a right turn. Highway 137 turns into Pahoiki Road for 2 miles and then Highway 137 turns left. Follow the highway until you see the park on the left after Mile Marker #137.
MacKenzie State Park is part of King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian trail, is located here. Beautiful landscape and ocean views. Swimming is not safe in this area due to very strong currents. Good shoreline fishing but don't too close to the edge of the cliffs. Facilities: restrooms, pavilion, picnic tables, camping area, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Mahukona Beach


From Kawaihae, take Highway 270 north. Between Mile Markers #14 and 15, take the road that leads to the ocean.
Mahukona Beach is not a real beach, but an abandoned commercial harbor run by the Kohala Sugar Company. Ocean floor is littered with discarded equipment from old sugar mill that is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and a plethora of marine life. Good for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, boating. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion, camping area, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Makalawena Beach


From Kona, take Highway 19 north. Between Mile Markers #89 and 88 take the dirt road to the left. The first portion of the road is decent, but it later becomes very bumpy. Alternately you can hike to the beach. It takes about 15-20 minutes.
Makalawena Beach is accessible via 4-wheel drive or 20-minute hike. The best place for swimming is in the largest inlet, snorkeling, scuba diving, bodyboarding, winter surfing are also good. An ancient Hawaiian fishing village used to be located here, Opae'ula Pond is located inland, it is an important shoreline bird sanctuary. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Pahoehoe Beach


From Kailua Kona, drive south on Alii Drive. The beach park is located between Mile Markers #3 and 4.
Pahoehoe Beach is a rocky beach, poor swimming but good for fishing and scuba diving. Also good spot for picnicking, relaxing in the park or ball games. Facilites: showers, restrooms, picnic tables. No parking lot. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Papakolea Green Sand Beach


Papakolea is located at Mahana Bay, three miles northeast of South Point, the southernmost point in the United States. At the end of the paved South Point Raod to Ka Lae (South Point), take the road to the left. Park at the end of the road. This is the first parking lot, which is about 3 miles (4.8 km) away from Papakolea Beach (you'll see a portable bathroom here). From here, it takes about 90 minutes to hike down to the beach. About one mile into the hike, there is a second parking lot. To get to it, you have to make a left turn from the main road about ¼ mile (400 m) before the first parking lot.
Papakolea Beach, located near the Big Island's southern tip, is known for its unique olive green sand. Limited swimming (only when ocean is calm and only close to shore), good fishing. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Pelekane Beach


The beach is located on the Big Island's northwest shore, just north of Spencer Beach Park and the junction of Highway 19 and Highway 270.
Pelekane Beach is small and consists of white sand and coral rubble. It is a sacred religious area so no swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and camping are permitted. Fishing is allowed. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Puako Bay


From Kona, drive north on Highway 19. Before mile marker 70, make a left turn onto Puako Road. There are six public access trails, located by telephone poles #106, 110, 115, 120, 127 and 137.
Puako Bay on the Big Island’s northwestern coast has a rocky shoreline with many tide pools, inlets and coves. A long and narrow white-sand beach. Good for tidepooling, snorkeling, scuba diving and Fishing. A trail leads from the beach to the petroglyph site. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Reeds Bay Beach Park


Reeds Bay Beach Park is located at the eastern end of the Waiakea Peninsula, at the end of Banyan Drive.
The bay consists of white sand and coral rubble, most popular area for swimming is the area known as Ice Pond. Fishing and boating both good also.
Big Island, Hawaii   Wai'olena Beach Park


From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot on your left at Waiolena Beach Park.
Wai'olena Beach is a lava rock shoreline, good place for picnic, tidepooling and fishing. Facilties: picnic tables, parking.
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