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Big Island Kahaluu Beach Park Photo Kahaluu Beach Park

Dark grey sand beach. Great snorkeling, lots of sea life starting at about 100 feet offshore. Good surfing. Dolphins, marlin and tuna are often seen jumping around this area. Good chance to swim with turtles. Please don't disturb them!

Lifeguards
Restrooms, showers
Concessions
Picnic tables
Shade
Phones
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Big Island Kamakahonu Beach Photo Kamakahonu Beach

Small, sandy beach with calm surf. Great sunset and coastal views. Paddle boat, snorkel gear, and canoe rental available. Located in front of the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel with shops, restaurants and concessions near by.

No Lifeguards
Restaurants
Parking close to beach
Shallow water
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Big Island Keei Beach Photo Ke'ei Beach

Small, pretty stretch of sand. View of Kealakekua Bay, the first Hawaii landing site of Captain James Cook. Picturesque, but poor swimming and difficult parking.
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Big Island Kekaha Kai State Park Photo Kekaha Kai State Park Beach
also Mahaiula/Kaelehuluhulu

2 beaches perfect for swimming. Not crowded. Occasional strong currents-use caution and monitor water conditions carefully.

No Lifeguards
Porta-potties
Picnic Tables
Shade
Rough access road
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Big Island Hookana Beach Park Photo Ho'okena Beach Park

Dark gray lava and coral sand beach. Good swimming, bodysurfing and snorkeling. Access road is narrow and bumpy.

Restrooms
Showers
Picnic Tables
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Makalawena Beach Photo Makalawena Beach

Long, crescent shaped beach with sandy and rocky areas. Water is usually calm with areas for swimming, boogie boarding and snorkeling. Rarely crowded.

No Lifeguards
No facilities
20 minute walk or Jeep access to beach
Shade
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Big Island Makolea Beach Photo Makolea Beach

The only black sand beach in Kona. Secluded, virtually unknown to visitors. Accessible with four-wheel drive. Small beach, tough swimming close to shore. Be careful of currents and tides if you do enter the water.
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Maniniowali Kua Bay Beach Photo Maniniowali /Kua Bay Beach

Fine white sand beach, clear water. Beautiful beach with great swimming, fair snorkeling. Crowded on weekends.
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Big Island Napoopoo Beach Photo Napo'opo'o Beach

Located at the southern end of Kealakekua Bay, where Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii. Mostly rocky beach, but lovely scenery. Great for snorkeling.

Restrooms
Picnic tables and pavillion
Grills
Shade
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Big Island Old Kona Airport Beach Park Photo Old Kona Airport Beach Park

Small beach with some sandy and rocky areas, easy access to the water. Usually not crowded. The old airport's runway became the parking lot for this beach. Good sunset views, fair swimming.

No lifeguards
Restrooms, showers
Lots of free parking
Grills
Picnic tables and pavillion
Shade and grassy areas
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Big Island Pahoehoe Beach Park Photo Pahoehoe Beach Park

Rocky beach with grassy picnic area and wonderful views, including sunset. Good snorkeling for experienced swimmers. Swimming poor due to rocks.

No Lifeguards
Restrooms, showers
Roadside parking
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Big Island Wawaloli Beach Photo Wawaloli Beach

Located at the Natural Energy Lab of Hawaii (NELHA) on Keahole Point. Great views of the Kona Coast and Hualalai Mountain. Large tide pool surrounded by lava rock wall forming a shallow wading area for keikis (kids), otherwise not particularly good swimming. Be careful of slippery rocks if walking in the water. Caution: High surf with strong current and dangerous shore break beyond the break wall, swimming not advised here.

Restrooms, showers
Parking
Picnic Tables
BBQ Pits
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Magic Sands Beach Photo White Sands Beach Park - also known as Magic Sands, Disappearing Sands & La'aloa Bay Beach

One of the few beaches with lifeguards. Sandy and rocky areas. At times of high surf the sand disappears making the area too dangerous to enter. At times of low surf, an offshore sandbar is present making for good swimming and boogie boarding. Easy ocean access, large fish and underwater caves make for great snorkeling and diving. Great spot for family outings.

Lifeguards
Restrooms, showers
Picnic area with tables
Grills
Volleyball area
Shade
Roadside parking
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