Experience the spectacular under water world of the Big Island of Hawaii. There are many great beaches that you can visit to swim, snorkel, or just bask in the warm Hawaiian sun. Splashing in the crystal clear salt water is refreshing and fun! Below is a list of some of our favorite water spots!
|Kealakekua Bay is a designated underwater state park to protect its myriad multi-hued fish. Shoals of intensely colorful fish can always be found, and the bay is a favorite haunt for spinner porpoises (dolphin) who delight visitors with their aquabatics. Choice snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking – kayakers frequently get surrounded by schools of dolphin. Directions|
|Ho’okena Beach is a beautiful small, curved beach of black and white sand. Safe swimming, though a little too sandy for great snorkeling. Usually very quiet on weekdays, this is a locals beach at weekends. An ideal get-away spot. Directions|
|Kahalu’u Beach is one of the best protected snorkeling and scuba beaches, among many that stretch along the rocky but gentle coast. Ideal for young children and beginners, but it gets very crowded on weekends. Directions|
|Hapuna Beach Park is one of the finest white-sand beaches in the world (top ten by Conde Nast). You park and walk down a paved path to the beach. There is very little rain here, about 6″ per year, so this beach has practically guaranteed great weather. At Hapuna a covered pavillion, picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a small hot dog and cold drink stand make this an easy beach to visit.|
|Spencer Beach Park is a very protected beach, perfect if you have small children or don’t like big waves. There are easy paths from the parking area and public rest rooms. At Spencer Park is Pu’ukohola Heiau (temple), Hawaii’s most famous and largest heiau. Another small heiau as well as an information shack and nice trails to the coast are all at the same location. The history of these ancient temples built by King Kamehameha is fascinating. From this area you can see the four largest mountains from one spot: Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains.|
|Kawaihae is a commercial harbor, and home of the famous Kawaihae Canoe Club. A convenience store, galleries, a shop or two, a dive rental shop and several good restaurants serving Mexican, Italian and local cuisine are all located in a small shopping center. This is not really a town, but serves a number of residences and small housing areas, as well as the boating community.|
|Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is a short side trip off the main highway, and very picturesque. This is one of the best examples of a black sand beach in the world!Keep an eye open for sea turtles warming themselves on the sand! (But make sure to keep back 15 feet, it’s illegal in Hawaii to disturb sea turtles.)|