Big Island beaches….more beauty in paradise.
Pauoa Beach – Imagine swimming in a warm, sleepy lagoon when suddenly jets of icy water squirt you from below. Pauoa Beach, at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel in the Mauna Lani Resort, is infused by natural freshwater springs that move beneath the ocean’s surface.
It’s located on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast, on the northwest side of the island. White sands stretch wide along the shore; rocky arms protect the lagoon. Surf may be turbulent outside, but Pauoa remains calm. This Big Island beach is a wonderful, all-purpose family best beach. Swimming; Snorkeling; Scuba diving.
Hapuna Beach – One of Hawaii’s best beaches, Hapuna is a landscaped 62–acre beach park. Swimming andother water sports are best enjoyed in summer months during calm seas. Also popular are sunbathing and other beach–related activities with picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities.
Winter surf can be rough. The beach is located on the Kohala Coast on the northwest side. Swimming; Snorkeling; Scuba; Body surfing.
Honaunau Beach – Part of the historic Pu’uhonua o Honaunao National Park, this beach offers a full range of family activities. You can swim or kayak against a backdrop of a fully restored 18th Century indigenous religious sanctuary. The sanctuary name means a “place of refuge.”
This Big Island beach is located about four miles from Kealakekua Bay on the island’s South Kona Coast. A collection of intriguing sea caves on the border of the beach is worth a kayak exploration. A family adventure! Swimming, Fishing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Kayaking.
Kahaluu Beach Park – A snorkeler’s delight, Kahaluu Beach Park is also located on the big island’s Kona (West) Coast. Visitors can explore a colorful variety of more than 100 types of tropical fish and marine life including sea turtles.
A large coral reef both protects the lagoon and is home to these animals. A fresh water spring feeds up to 10 million gallons per day into the lagoon. This north end Hawaii beach is best for body boarding and surfing, but the waters are generally safe for children and novice snorkelers. Shady trees surround this beautiful sandy beach.
Facilities include a pavilion, rest rooms, showers, a lifeguard tower, and limited parking. Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Body Boarding, Surfing.
Kaunaoa Beach – Also known as Mauna Kea, this Big Island beach in front of the Mauna Kea Hotel is bordered by a coconut grove and protected by two black-lava points. The rugged surf makes Kaunaoa a bodysurfer’s and boogie boarder’s delight.
There are no lifeguards on duty, although current water conditions (such as strong currents or high surf) are marked with signs and flags. The sandy bottom slopes gently into the bay, which often fills not only with schools of tropical fish but green sea turtles and manta rays.
Swimming is excellent year-round, except in rare winter storms. Snorkelers prefer the rocky points, where fish thrive in the surge. Facilities at this Hawaii beach include restrooms, showers, and ample parking, but there’s no lifeguard.
Although Kaunaoa is smaller than Hapuna, it is less crowded. It’s on the northwest side of the island. Swimming, Snorkeling, Body Surfing, Body Boarding.
Anaehoomalu Beach – The Big Island best beaches are along the sunny Kohala Coast, where you’ll find Anaehoomalu Beach. Backed by hundreds of palm trees, This “salt and pepper” beach gradually slopes from shallow to deeper waters–making excellent conditions for swimming, snorkeling, diving, wind surfing and kayaking. At one end of the bay is a sea turtle cleaning station, where these endangered animals gather to be cleaned by small fish. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and parking but there is no lifeguard. Swimming, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Wind Surfing.