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Beaches on the
Island of Hawaii

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Hapuna Beach
The Prince of the Big Island beaches is a beautiful long white beach
with plenty of facilities, and nearby cabins which rent for very little.
It can be hard to find parking on a weekend, but this is the classic
Hawaiian beach!

Old Airport State Park
Just north of Kailua-Kona, this beach ranges from rocky coast to sandy tidal pools. A great place to get your toes wet, play with the kids or watch the local kids catching the waves on their boogie boards. Picnic tables and showers are available, and there's a nice walking track to boot!

Surf Happens
All along Alii Drive between Kailua and Keauhou, there are little pocket size beaches and surfing spots. Pahoehoe Beach Park, White Sands, and our premiere snorkeling beach, Kahalu'u Beach Park, are all found in these parts. Most have some facilities, though parking can be an issue.

is really Anaeho'omalu, but most people are in too much of a hurry to say it. The windsurfing capital of the Big Island, there are a lot of other great activities that are available here on Kona's "Gold Coast" as well. Lots of nice shade under the coconut trees make it very pleasant here.

Near the resort at Hualalai
is Kahuwai bay. Now nicely appointed with showers and restrooms, this beach is a fine place to soak up rays, or to have a picnic. Just about 6 miles north of the airport.

Keokea Beach Park
is located at the northern end of the island. A wonderful place to eat lunch and watch for whales. The waves come marching in with a lot of thunder and only the bold will go out past the break wall.

If you visit the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, you will no doubt be thrilled by this small sandy spot of protected shoreline. Great for kids, with lots of "water toys" for rent nearby for adults, too. King Kamehameha made this his home in the early 1800's, and you never know who'll show up...

Mauna Kea Beach
was chosen by Conde Nast as one of the World's Best Beaches. Twice! Obviously, they can only keep it that way by controlling access to it. Which they do. Get here before 9:30 am if you want to be sure to get a beach pass. Otherwise, wait in line. Fortunately, Hapuna Beach is just south of Mauna Kea should you decide not to wait.

On the southeast side of the island is this little beach of beautiful black sand with huge coconut palms. A few facilities and not too much traffic make it a good place to visit, but what makes it really a treat is the abundance of sea turtles that thrive in this cove. The water can be a little cool due to fresh water springs that bubble up from beneath the rocks.

Place of Refuge
is not a beach but it is next to one of our island's best snorkeling spots. The black lava rock drops off into the sea, which is deep and filled with color. Watch for stinging sea urchins as you get in and out of the water - you will be rewarded with an experience you will not soon forget! If you decide not to get wet, you can always visit the National Historical Park "next door".

Waipio Valley
How you get here is your business, but once you do, you will understand why it's called the Valley of the Kings. Waterfalls, black sand, wild horses, and a scenic river are all part of your reward for making the journey. Absolutely no facilities, and permits are needed for camping. A very sacred place to Hawaiians, please don't leave anything behind when you leave.

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