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Big Island Hawaii Beaches by Region,
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Have you heard that the Big Island of Hawaii doesn't have many beaches? Actually, the Big Island has over 100 beaches. New ones are being formed and some disappear frequently. Some beaches are a little difficult to access, some are very difficult to access, and some are hidden by hotels and resorts. Some are located off of unmarked roads.

The safest swimming beaches are located along the Kohala Coast. The beaches along the Hamakua Coast are more wild and remote. Beaches in the Southern region (Kau) may be more than many can handle, with strong winds and currents.

You will find a variety of sand on Big island Beaches: salt and pepper, black, green and white. Black sand is formed from lava cooling and shattering when entering the ocean. Green sand is made up of olivine crystals, a semi-precious mineral. With contrasts of blue sky, black lava, green and white sand, the ocean and mountains, you will find each of the Big Island's beaches beautiful in its own way.

Please keep Hawaii's precious natural resources clean and dispose of your trash when leaving the beach. Mahalo!
NOTE: Many of the Big Island's Beaches are dangerous! Rip currents and crushing shore breaks are often present. The surf gets rougher in the winter months. Observe ocean conditions for about 15 minutes before entering the water. Even when walking on shore, keep your eyes on the ocean. Freak waves can come ashore at any time. Read more ocean safety tips at the bottom of this page.

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Select a region below or Click a Region on the Map for a list of Big Island Beaches

Kohala | Hamakua | Hilo | Puna | South (Kau) | Kona

Big Island Regional Map South Beaches No Beaches in Volcano Region Puna Beaches Kona Beaches Kona Beaches No Beaches in Central Region Hilo Beaches Hilo Beaches Hilo Beaches Hamakua Coast Beaches Hamakua Coast Beaches Kohala Beaches

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Ocean Safety

When visiting the beach, please follow these Basic Ocean Safety Tips provided by lifeguards:
Swim in Lifeguarded Areas
Ask a Lifeguard About Beach and Surf Conditions Before Swimming
Never Swim Alone & Always Watch Your Children
Don't Dive Into Unknown Water or Into Shallow Breaking Waves
If You Are Unable to Swim Out of a Strong Current, Signal for Help
Rely on Your Swimming Ability Rather Than a Flotation Device
Look For, Read and Obey All Beach Safety Signs and Symbols

In addition, take the advice of old Hawaiians:
Don’t turn your back to the ocean!



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