Big Island Beaches, Puna
including beach description, and facilities
|Ahalanui County Park Beach
Beautiful views of ocean. Spring fed, part natural, part man-made pool, naturally heated to 90 degrees. Fish often swim in swimming area, snorkeling allowed. Calm water, green grassy areas, palm trees, shady areas. Often uncrowded.
● Picnic tables
● Good parking
|Isaac Hale Beach County Park
Salt and pepper sand. Poor swimming due to strong currents. Often crowded due to the boat launch in the area. Follow the trail to the right of the boat launch for about 150 yards to a natural, warm pool. If visiting the pool, bring mosquito repellent as it is surrounded by tropical jungle.
● Boat launch
● Grass and shade
● Picnic facilities
|Kehena Black Sand Beach
Gorgeous, exotic, secluded beach. Known for frequent visits by Spinner Dolphins, sometimes Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales in season. Popular beach for locals. There may be nude sunbathers here. Poor swimming due to high waves and rough currents.
● No facilities
● No lifeguards
|MacKenzie State Recreation Area
Beautiful, 13 acre park with grove of ironwood trees. Extremely dangerous swimming. If walking the beach, pay close attention to the ocean as waves are unpredictable. Great picnic spot with excellent fishing. If camping, keep watch of your valuables.
● Picnic facilities
● Camping (with permit)
|Pualaa Beach Park
Large, heated tide pool next to the ocean. Popular with families with children, sometimes overcrowded. One of the few safe beaches for swimming in the area.
● Restrooms, showers
|Waiopae Tidepools Marine Life Conservation District
Amazing abundance of colorful coral and fish. In some opinions, the best Marine Sanctuary in the islands. Crowded on weekends.
● Small parking area
● No faclilites
● No shade
● No sitting area
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