Big Island of Hawaii Beaches
The Best Beaches by Region
If variety is the spice of life, then get ready for the "spiciest" Hawaiian beach getaway imaginable! The Big Island offers up not only some of the loveliest beaches in the state, but also some of the most varied. Here you'll find everything from enchanting green sand and black sand beaches, family-friendly beach spots, and rugged and remote beaches for the adventurous types. We should also say that Big Island includes several "run-of-the-mill" white sand beaches; however, there's really no such thing here. The Big Island of Hawaii offers up some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Choose your perfect slice of paradise from our picks for the top Big Island beaches.
If you like new things, you’ll simply love the Puna region and its beaches. Coastal land here is so young that sand beaches are rather unusual. One exception is the Kehena Black Sand Beach, also known as Dolphin Beach thanks to the frequently-spotted spinner dolphins. You’ll also find the ideal beach for exploring, snorkeling, picnicking, and much more.
The Kailua-Kona region generally enjoys abundant sunshine- the perfect beach weather. Check out Kehaka State Park for a lovely afternoon filled with beach-going fun. If seclusion is what you’re after, head to Makalawena Beach, where you’ll likely see more goats and chickens than people, but beautiful scenery is guaranteed.
The sunny Kohala area is home to the Big Island’s largest sandy beach, Hapuna Beach, which stretches nearly half a mile and will give you lots of space and even more white sand and clear water. And don’t miss admiring the black sand, lush vegetation, and impressive cliffs of Pololu Valley Beach- a definite must-see.
The Hilo area is a not known for its large selection of great beaches, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your beach fix and have some fun in the sun. Families with small children flock to Onekahakaha Beach Park for its sandy-bottomed cove perfect for little explorers. And snorkelers and picnickers alike praise Leleiwi Beach Park for setting the stage for the perfect day at the beach.
South Kau Beaches
Looking for one of the quietest and most remote parts of Big Island? Then head to the South Kau region and be sure to explore the area’s unique beaches. Green sand, anyone? How about the southernmost point in the US? Maybe a black sand beach? Throw in some fascinating sea cliffs for good measure and you have some very special beaches, indeed.
North Hamakua Beaches
The Hamakua region just might be the most beautiful part of the Big Island. The area receives a large amount of rain and makes lush green surroundings bountiful. If you’re fortunate enough to visit this treasured part of the island, Waipio Beach is a must-see. Steep cliffs surround the beach and a small stream flows into the sea. Its raw beauty is not to be missed.