Big Island Beaches

Big Island Beaches

Explore the unique sands and picturesque Big Island beaches. Unspoiled sand and surf, palm-fringed beaches, protected bays and beautiful landscapes. The Big Island has a beach to suit every one of its visitors and some of the best beaches in Hawaii!

Discover our list of favorites Big Island & Waikoloa beaches below. There are so many beaches to explore on the Big Island well beyond what is listed. Be careful exploring and most of all enjoy the sand between your toes!

Hapuna Beach

One of the most beautiful, and popular, beaches on the Big Island with miles of golden sand and deep blue seas. There are few opportunities near the water though for shade. This beach is ideal for swimming and body boarding.
Great Boogie/Body-Boarding Beach!
Location:Hapuna Beach, Hawaii 96743

Anaeho`omalu Beach (A-Bay)

Accessible from the public parking lot, the south end of A-Bay is a popular snorkel beach, located just behind the Queens Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort. There is ample space for all beach activities, from reading in the shade to snorkeling among the coral reefs. Safe sandy entrance and all the sun you want. Further down the beach, is the Waikoloa Hilton portion of the beach which is more pristine with softer sand and more sun. All is available to everyone…but the entrance from the parking lot comes onto the south end of the beach.
Location:Puako, HI 96738

49 Black Sand

Black sand, beautiful cliffs and crystal-clear waters make 49 Black Sand Beach one of the most unique coastal locations on the Big Island. Situated on a volcanic bay near Mani Lani Resort, 49 Black Sand Beach is the only black sand beach on the Kohala Coast. It is an ideal location for visitors seeking a unique, crowd-free beach experience.
Note there is limited parking so be sure to arrive early to get a parking permit!
Location:68-1107 Honokaope Pl, Waimea, HI 96743

Waialea Beach (aka Beach 69)

Stepping onto this beach is like stepping onto a postcard scene. Complete with trees, safe sandy entry, plenty of snorkeling, and even (on the far-left end) a rope swing. This is the perfect hidden treasure of a place to take the kids and spend the day. Another `locals` favorite.
Note there are public restrooms and outdoor showers at this location!
Location:Old Puako Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

Mauna Kea Beach

Probably the most beautiful beach on the island as reported by many guests and travel magazines. Access is through the Mauna Kea Beach Resort hotel.
This is a great Boogie/Body-Boarding Beach!
Location:62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743

Mauna Lani Beach Club Beach

One of the favorite beaches on the Island. If you stay at one of our Mauna Lani Golf Villas, you will receive an exclusive pass to this beach. The coral reef here is nothing less than breathtaking. The fish are numerous and energetic, and the waters (on a clear day) are as clear as can be. This beach is the epitome of Hawaiian beauty!
Location:68-1292 S Kaniku Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

Spencer Beach Park

One of the few white-sand beaches. Has ample shaded areas. Usually, calm waters are great swimming for kids.
Good snorkeling and swimming beach!
Location:62-3461 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743


Great for snorkeling and diving.
Location:Puako Beach Dr., Hawaii 96743

Manini`owali/Kua Bay

Excellent swimming here, picturesque beach with gentle slope to water.
Great Boogie/Body-Boarding Beach!
Location:723990 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kailua, HI 96740

Wawaloli Beach

Tide-pool area, perfect for small children to swim – calm waters (mostly protected area).
Location:Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Kahalu`u Beach Park

Excellent snorkeling – teaming with sea life!
Location:786702 Ali’i Dr, Kailua, HI 96740

Papakolea Beach (aka Green Sand Beach)

Difficult to get to but has become more popular in recent years. You have to hike 2.8 miles to get to it, but it is so worth the workout!
Location:Ka?u district

Punalu`u Black Sand Beach

Most famous black sand beach on the Big Island. You can see Hawksbill and Green turtles on this beach!