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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   Hakalau Bay
From the Hawaii Belt Road (HI 19), make a turn towards the ocean at the “Hakalau” sign and follow it into the gulch below the big steel trestle.
Hakalau Bay is a good place to go to take pictures. The beach is composed of black sand and fine pebbles. Poor swimming but sometimes used by surfers. Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge nearby. No facilities. No lifeguards.
Big Island, Hawaii   Hapuna Beach
Take Highway 19 north from Kona. Turn left at the access road just before Mile Marker #69. Go to the end of the road, turn left and then take an immediate right. Follow this road to the parking.
Wonderful sandy beach. Crystal water and beautiful scenery. Good swimming and boogie boarding, snorkeling is great at the south end of the beach where the fish are varied and there is a coral reef. Full facilities, picnic tables, picnic pavillion, food concession, equipment rental. A-frame tent cabins available. Lifeguard sometimes 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   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   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   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   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   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   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.
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