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Big Island, Hawaii   Ahalanui Park
Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. The Park is located on the left, just past Mile Marker #10.
Warm, calm water good for swim, spring fed pool is volcanically heated to a comfortable 90 degrees. Beautiful views of the ocean from the pool. Snorkeling allowed in pool. Easy access to pool via ladders. Open daily. Free admission. Lifeguards on duty. Grassy and shady areas, picnic tables, BBQ grills. Ample, free parking, restrooms.
Big Island, Hawaii   Alula Beach
Go north from Kona on Highway 19. Turn left between Mile Marker #97 and 98 on Harbor Road. Go to the south parking lot of the harbor and park. Walk the short distance south to the beach.
Small beach, sand and rocky areas. Protected providing some safe swimming most of the year. Good scuba and snorkeling. Large collection of colorful fish can be viewed here. No facilities at the beach. No lifeguards. Some shade. Restrooms and other facilities located at the harbor.
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   Carlsmith Beach
From downtown Hilo, drive east on Kalanianaole Avenue. There is a parking lot right on front of Carlsmith Beach Park on the left-hand side of the street.
Carlsmith Beach Park no sandy beach but has a sandy ocean bottom. it’s a great place for swimming and snorkeling. because the nearshore waters are protected by a reef. Sea turtles can often times be seen here. Large park area with plenty of shade for picnic. Seasonal lifeguard. Showers, restrooms, parking.
Big Island, Hawaii   Honaunau Bay
The bay is located 20.6 miles south of Kailua-Kona, accessible via State Highway 160.
Honaunau Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii has some of the best underwater sights. Rare fish and sea turtles can be seen with colorful coral reefs. Especially location for swimming, snorkeling, diving and Kayaking. Lifeguards aren’t always on duty. Restrooms, showers and beach shops are located further back along the shore.
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   Honomalino Bay
The trail begins at Miloli'i Beach Park between the yellow church and the restrooms. The trail leads along the coast. Keep in mind that some areas here are private property, so stay on the trail. If you come across a fork on the trail, go right to avoid trespassing. A few homes are located near the beach.
Honomalino Bay is accessible via a 20-minute walk along a trail that begins at neighboring Miloli'i Beach Park. It is gray sand beach and never crowded. Good swimming and snorkeling conditions when the ocean is calm.
Big Island, Hawaii   Ho'okena Beach Park
The beach is located 23.5 miles (38 km) south of Kailua-Kona. Head south on Highway 11. Continue onto Ho'okena Beach Road.
Ho'okena Beach is located at the northern end of Kauhako Bay. White sand with black detrital sand giving it a gray color. The shoreline is rocky, but there are a few sandy entry and exit points to get in and out of the water. The waters are generally calm here, but strong currents can occur during times of high surf. The shore is a good picnic and camping area.
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   Kauna'oa Bay
Take Highway 19 north from Kona. Turn left at Mile Marker #68. Follow the road to the end of the road for public access and limited parking.
This beautiful beach is located in front of the Mauna Kea Resort. Good swimming, snorkeling, and boogie boarding. Manta rays sometimes frequent the area at night. Facilities: Volleyball court. Showers. Restrooms. Limited parking at resort. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kealakekua Bay


Kealakekua Bay is located about 30 minutes south of Kailua-Kona. The only access by car is to Napo'opo'o Beach, which is located on the bay's eastern shoreline. From Kailua-Kona, take Hwy 11 south to the Napo'opo'o turn-off (about 18 miles), then turn right and drive 4 miles to the bay. Ka'awaloa Cove, at the bay's northern end, can be accessed only by boat, and a number of dive tours operate in the area.
lakekua Bay settled over a thousand years ago, the surrounding area contains many archeological and historical sites such as religious temples, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawaii in 1973 as the Kealakekua Bay Historical District. The bay is a marine life conservation district, a popular destination for kayaking, Scuba diving and snorkeling.
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   Kekaha Kai State Park


From Kona, take Highway 19 north. Between mile markers 91 and 90, make a left turn onto the rugged, semi-paved road. Drive straight ahead for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the beach. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, but most regular cars can handle it as well. The parking area is at an unpaved lot a short walk (5 minutes) from the beach. Note: There is a gate, which is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm, but is closed on Wednesdays.
Kekaha Kai State Park on the Big Island's west coast encompasses a handful of secluded bays and sandy beaches. The most beautiful ones are Mahai'ula Beach, Makalawena Beach and Kua Bay (also known as Manini'owali). Coastal trail connects the beaches. Good place for a variety of water activities: Swimming, snorkeling, diving, bodyboarding, surfing, kayaking. Facilities: Picnic tables, Restrooms. 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   Kikaua Beach


From Kailua Kona, drive north for about 14 miles (22.5 km) on Highway 19 (Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy). Turn left at Kukio Nui Drive (located just south of mile marker 87). Drive toward the gate house and tell the guards that you want to visit the beach. Ask for public beach access. Note: Since there are only 27 parking lots, plan to come here early in the day and preferably on a weekday. Otherwise, the guards may not let you in if the parking lot is full. From the parking lot, it's a 5-minute walk to the beach on a paved path.
Kikaua Beach is a pretty small, protected white-sand beach. Ideal for novice swimmers and children, good snorkeling. Facilities: showers, restrooms, drinking water, parking.
Big Island, Hawaii   Kua Bay


The park entry road is located between Mile Markers #88 and #89 on Highway 19. Note: The gate is open from 9 am to 7 pm and is closed on Wednesdays.
Kua Bay (Manini'owali) is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park, salt-and-pepper coastline. Swimming and snorkeling conditions good during calm days . Diving, bodyboarding, surfing are good. Facilities: picnic tables, showers, restrooms. 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   Lapakahi State Historical Park


Located 12.4 miles (20 km) north of Kawaihae, near mile marker 14.
Lapakahi State Historical Park was once an ancient Hawaiian fishing community, Koai'e, which dates back to the 14th century. The site features a wide array of historical artifacts, natural wonders and archaeological remains (such as old ruins, huts and temples). No sandy beach here, but good snorkeling in a small beach cove. No lifeguards. Facilities: Visitor kiosk with interpretive displays, restrooms, no drinking water.
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   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   Manini Beach


Coming from State Highway 160, turn onto Manini Road.
Manini Beach has a rocky shoreline consisting of white coral rubble and black lava rocks. Good conditions for snorkeling and diving when the ocean is calm, The surfing conditions are sometimes good here. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Napo'opo'o Beach Park


From Kailua-Kona, take Highway 11 south. At Captain Cook (near Kealakekua Bay), turn right onto State Highway 160 (Napo'opo'o Road) and follow it to the end.
Napo'opo'o Beach Park located at the southern end of Kealakekua Bay. This is where Captain James Cook first set foot on the Big Island of Hawaii on January 17, 1779. The Hiki'au Heiau (ancient Hawaiian temple site) here, a temple dedicated to Lono, the god of agriculture and fertility of the land. Shoreline is rocky, good for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion, BBQ grills, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Old Kona Airport State Park


North of Kona take Highway 19 and make a left turn on Makala Boulevard, before reaching Mile Marker #99. At the end of the road, turn right on Kuakini and drive to the old runway. Plenty of parking is available.
Old Kona Airport State Park is old airport turned into a beach park, beach is long and wide, but rocky. Best place for swimming is at the southern end of the beach. Snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing are good. Facilities: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion, BBQ grills, drinking water, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Onekahakaha Beach


Coming from downtown Hilo and heading east on Kalanianaole Avenue, make a left turn onto Onekahakaha Road.
Onekahakaha Beach Park is the ideal beach for swimming, snorkeling and tidepooling. When tidepooling should wear water shoes and don't touch the sea urchins or other ocean creatures. Facilties: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion, BBQ grills, drinking water, parking. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Pauoa Bay


Pauoa Bay is home to one of the healthiest coral reefs in Hawaii, Here you'll find green sea turtles and a large population of reef fish, including eels, rays, puffer fish and butterflyfish. In the winter, you may even spot a few dolphins and whales. The natural seawalls keep out high surf, making the bay calm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. No facilities. 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   Richardson Beach


Richardson Beach Park located just a short drive east of Hilo.
Richardson Beach is a only black sand beach in Hilo. It protected by a natural lava rock seawall, vast variety of marine life, a coral reef and turtles can be seen. Excellent for snorkeling and swimming. Facilties: showers, restrooms, picnic tables, parking, lifeguard.
Big Island, Hawaii   Spencer Beach Park


From Waikoloa Village, take Highway 19 north to Highway 270. Continue onto 270. Make a left turn at the access road between mile markers 2 and 3. There is a parking area at the north and south ends of the beach.
Spencer Beach is one of the few white-sand beaches on the Big Island. It is protected by a reef and the harbor breakwater. Sandy, usually calm water, ocean bottom slopes gently, good for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Facilites: Showers, Restrooms, BBQ grills, Picnic tables, Pavilion, Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, Camping (with permit), Parking, Lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Waialea Bay Beach


From Kona, drive north on Highway 19. Before mile marker 70, make a left turn on Puako Road and then turn left at the next road. Park near telephone poll 71. The trail to the left leads to the beach.
Waialea Bay Beach is one of the few beautiful white-sand beaches on the Big Island. Ocean bottom drops off gradually, good for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing and kayaking. Facilities: Showers, Restrooms, No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Wawaloli Beach Park


Located north of Kona Airport off Highway 19. Make a left turn at mile marker #94. You’ll find the beach park where the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii road curves north toward Keahole Point.
Wawaloli Beach is a small beach and is the sand-filled tide pools, which are protected from high surf by rock walls. Good for snorkeling and tidepooling. Facilities: Showers, Restrooms, Picnic tables, BBQ grills, Volleyball court.
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