Big Island Beach Guide


  Don't believe it if anyone tells you the Big Island lacks beaches. It actually has 80 or more, and new ones appear -- and disappear -- regularly. In 1989 a new black-sand beach, Kamoamoa, formed when molten lava shattered as it hit cold ocean waters. Kamoamoa was the largest of the black-sand beaches, Kua Bay white sand beachmore than … [Read more...]

Green Sand Beach (South Point)

Like many of the attractions on the big island, getting to the Green Sand Beach is a long journey.  From the highway, you will need to take the paved South Point road approximately 12 miles to where the pavement ends and rough 4x4 trail begins.  From this point, you must follow the very rough trails that can only be traversed by a strong four … [Read more...]

Kekaha Kai State Park (Mahaiula Beach)

Like many places in Hawaii, this beach shares several names. The beach itself is called Mahaiula, which is just one part of a larger State Park. The Park is named Kekaha Kai, also know as Kona Coast State Park. Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park is home to some of the most picturesque and tranquil beaches in west Hawaii. Running from south to … [Read more...]

Richardson Beach Park

       Richardson Beach Park (also known as Richardson Ocean Center) is very picturesque, and boasts some of the best snorkeling on the Hilo side of the island. Richardson's superb snorkeling is due largely in part to its vast diversity of marine wildlife, including honu (green sea … [Read more...]

Mauna Kea Beach, Kona

    Mauna Kea Beach, also known as Kauna'oa Beach is a perfect crescent beach of white sand surrounded by shady trees and beautifully manicured landscaping provided by the Mauna Kea Resort. On a clear day, you can see the majestic volcano of Mauna Kea to View of Mauna Kea Volcano in background the … [Read more...]

Kua Bay, Kona (Manini‘owali)

  The road to beautiful Kua Bay and the Manini‘owali section of Kekaha Kai State Park is now paved. The park road, new parking areas at Kua Bay, new accessible comfort station and picnic tables, opened to the public in October 2005. In fact, the road is so new it is not reflected on most maps even to this day! Located off the Queen … [Read more...]

Kuki'o Beach, Kona

Kuki'o Beach is another pretty Kohala beach located just north of Kikaua Point, accessible at the Hualalai, Four Seasons Resort. This long crescent of white sand is surrounded by shady palm, ironwood, and kiawe trees. The white sand stretches into the distance across to the next cove. There is a band of lava rocks forming a narrow breakwater in the … [Read more...]

Kikaua Point Beach, Kona

Kikaua Point Beach is on the of prettiest, family-friendly beaches on the Big Island. This pristine white sandy beach is surrounded by lava rocks and large groves of shady trees. Just 100 yards north of the point is Kikaua Point - white sand beach Kukio Beach, another white sand crescent-shaped beach - pick whichever one you like best! The … [Read more...]

Magic Sands Beach Park, Kona (La’aloa Bay Beach Park)

Magic Sands Beach, Kailua-Kona, Big Island Hawaii

  La'aloa Beach Park – also known as Magic Sands or White Sands beach. This is another beautiful Big Island white sand beach, small and quaint and easily missed as you drive down Alii Drive. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off thebeach and Magic Sands Beach, Kona temporarily moved … [Read more...]

Kahalu’u Beach Park, Kona

Surfers at Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona

Snorkel Kahalu'u Kahaluu is one of the best snorkeling spots on the Big Island. Many of the tourist brochures and maps simply refer to this place as "Snorkel Beach". Fed by a fresh water spring, up to 10 million gallons per day. These waters are almost always calm, with Raccoon Butterfly Fish at Kahaluucolorful corals, rock formations, and 100+ … [Read more...]