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Island of Hawaii Beaches

The island of Hawaii features some of the most picturesque and varied beach landscapes in the world. From white sand, to black sand beaches (and a few other colors in-between), visitors can see first-hand how volcanic activity has shaped and influenced the beauty of Hawaii. From beautiful resort beaches, to rugged, off-the-beaten-path sands that are wild, remote and rewarding — there is much to explore. 


Hilo Beaches

Carlsmith Beach Park (Four Mile) 

Enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the calm waters at Carlsmith Beach. And, don't forget to keep an eye out for honu (sea turtles) in one of the vast lagoons. 


Onekahakaha Beach Park

A favorite with locals, this small, shallow sand-bottomed ocean pool just east of the Hilo Airport is one the safest swimming areas along the Hilo coast, with tide pools and inlets. Perfect for family snorkeling, it also offers lovely views of Hilo Bay.


Leleiwi Beach Park

With its series natural ponds and coves this beach park is a popular destination for snorkelers.

Richardson Ocean Center/Leleiwi Beach Park
The shallow bay fronting Richardson Ocean Center is the most popular snorkeling site on the east side of the island. The center, which is two miles south down Kalanianaole Avenue from Onekahakaha Beach, has picnic pavilions, restrooms, parking and showers.


Honolii Beach Park

A conveniently located beach less than 2 miles from downtown Hilo and is a favorite spot for surfers.


Kau Beaches


Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Thirty miles south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the island of Hawaii's famous black sand beach and a great place to see honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) basking on the shore. An adjacent campground is popular with local families and fisherman.


Kohala Beaches


Anaehoomalu Bay (Waikoloa Beach Resort)

This stretch of Kohala Coast beach next to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott is a place to rent kayaks, hydro bikes and body boards or to snorkel, scuba dive or sunbathe. There is ample parking, along with picnic facilities and restrooms. A historic Hawaiian fishpond also hugs the beach.


Hapuna Beach Park

The largest white sand beach on the island of Hawaii, this world-renowned beach is located adjacent to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. There is ample parking with restroom and picnic facilities.


Holoholokai Beach 

This small beach park with full facilities near the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii isn’t a sandy beach, but it’s a beautiful place to explore tide pools and snorkel. It’s a short walk from the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, where you’ll find hundreds of ancient carvings in the lava rock.

Ohaiula/Spencer Beach Park

Popular among families, this Kohala Coast beach, located a half-hour north of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), is well protected by an outside reef, which allows for calm swimming and snorkeling waters on most days. The beach park has picnic pavilions, tables and barbeque grills and is within walking distance of Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

Waialea
Lined with palm trees, this white sand beach is the home to many tropical fish and marine life.
 

Kaunaoa Beach 

This near-perfect crescent of sand leading to calm water has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. by Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine. Adjacent to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, parking spaces are limited, so it’s good to arrive early.


Kona Beaches


Kahaluu Beach Park

Located just south of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) in the Keauhou area, Kahaluu Beach is known for honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) that frequent its shores. This is one of the Keauhou and Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) area’s most popular beaches, great for snorkeling.


Laaloa/White Sands Beach Park 

Also known as Disappearing Sands and Magic Sands, this white sand Kona beach is located on Alii Drive just south of Historic Kailua Village. This popular pocket of sand is great for splashing in the surf, body-surfing and body-boarding. There are restrooms, showers and a lifeguard, but limited parking. This small beach may disappear overnight due to tidal shifts or strong surf, but always returns.

Kamakahonu Bay 

This scenic beach offers some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii. Take a tour or rent our own equipment for a day in the water!

Kekahakai State Park

This secluded beach has crystal blue waters and palm tree-lined sand beaches. Plus you might get lucky enough to spot a monk seal during your visit.

Kailua Bay

A small treasure of a beach perfect for swimming.

Kohanaiki County Beach Park

A popular hang out for local surfers and paddle boarders, this beach is also a great spot to relax and take a one-of-a-kind scenic coastline picture!

Keauhou Bay

A perfect location to set out on a snorkel cruise or dive boat excursion. Fishing is also allowed here.
 

Puna Beaches

Pohoiki Beach - temporarily closed due to Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ) eruption

Please note: Hawaii's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. Visit HAWAIIBEACHSAFETY.COM which constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the conditions for safety of Hawaiian beaches. Use the hazard signs on HAWAIIBEACHSAFETY.COM as well to quickly assess conditions and help you find the appropriate beach for your visit.
 

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