This beach in the Waikoloa Resort area doubles as a cultural sight because of its well-maintained ancient fishponds. The beach park has elaborately landscaped grounds and plaques marking areas of historical interest.
Tip: The concession here rents windsurfing equipment and the conditions are normally good for beginners.View on map
Hapuna Beach State Park
A diamond in the rough of the surrounding lava, Hapuna's white sands have earned it a reputation as one of Hawaii's finest beaches. In fact, it has been rated as the top beach in the United States.
Tip: There is a small cove on the north end of the beach not visible from the parking area. Entry fee applies.View on map
Discover this small sandy beach, which is usually peacefully quiet. Its golden sands slope gently into the azure seas. You’ll find many trees dotted around offering shade from the warm Hawaiian sun. Entry fee required.View on map
Kekaha Kai (Kua Bay) State Park
Explore the beautiful natural landscapes in this state park. Stroll along the coastal trail to the sandy Kua Bay beach, which is a great spot for picnics with tables available. For magnificent coastal views, a hike to the summit of Pu'u Ku'ili is well worth it.View on map
Kaloko National Historic Park
Step back in time to Old Hawaii at Kaloko National Historic Park. Discover how Hawaiians survived and thrived on such a seemingly hot, desolate and barren landscape.View on map
Magic Sands Beach
This white sand beach near Kona Town has been known to disappear overnight due to tidal shifts or strong surf, but eventually, the sand always returns. Located on Ali’i Drive just south of Kailua-Kona.
Tip: This beach has a perfect sunset view.View on map
This is a great beach for snorkeling because of the myriads of fish that make this sheltered bay their home. On Ali’i Drive near Keauhou, a few minutes south of Kailua-Kona.
Tip: Kahalu'u usually offers safe swimming and snorkeling.View on map
Kealakekua Bay State Underwater Park
The bay provides opportunities for snorkelers, scuba divers, and glass bottom boaters (commercial tours out of Kailua-Kona and Keauhou) to observe the marine life in this relatively pristine underwater habitat. Rich in coral and colorful reef fish. Fishing restrictions. 315 acres.View on map
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Laze on the jet black shores of Punaluu Black Sand Beach, located between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu. Nestled amid coconut palms, this picturesque beach is often visited by Hawaiian Green Sea turtles.View on map