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The Big Island of Hawaii is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and Kona is no exception. With its white sand beaches, crystal-clear blue waters, and stunning sunsets, Kona is a paradise for beach lovers. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax or an adventurous place to explore, Kona has something for everyone. In this blog post, we will be exploring some of the best beaches on the Big Island – from snorkeling and swimming spots to surf breaks so that you can make the most out of your visit! Grab your sunscreen and get ready to discover some of the best beaches!

Two Step

This is a must-visit beach for avid snorkelers and those looking to explore Hawaii’s coral reefs. Parking here is limited, so an early start to your day is highly recommended. There are also some local historical locations nearby, like the Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park which showcases cultural Hawaiian sites.

Check out the full guide to Two Step Beach if you’re looking to learn more and stop by for a visit.

The Best White Sand Beaches

For those looking for picturesque white sand beaches, the Big Island is home to a plethora of them. These are some of our favorites!

Kamakahonu Beach (King Kam Beach)

Kamakahonu beach is the perfect spot for a family outing. With white sandy beaches and gentle lapping waves, there’s something to do for everyone from toddlers to teens. Sunbathing on the shorelines, wading in shallow waters, and collecting shells are just some of the activities that can make for a wonderful day at Kamakahonu beach. Since there are no large waves or strong undertow, parents can rest assured knowing their kids are safe while they enjoy this beautiful stretch of coastline. 

Manini’owali Beach

Manini’owali beach, located on a private part of Kona on the Big Island, is an ideal beach to spend a day. With soft white sands stretching almost a mile long and crystal clear waters greeting every visitor, there is no shortage of activities here. From swimming in the inviting sea to exploring the reef via kayak or snorkel, this secluded paradise is great for everyone; families with children can relax on the powdery shoreline and observe schools of local fish as they swim by. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a fun day at the beach, Manini’owali has it all.

Hapuna Beach State Park

With its warm, crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty, Hapuna Beach has been voted time and time again among the best beaches in the world.  This 1/2 mile white sand beach is an absolute paradise for any beachgoer looking for a relaxing day or swim. With sand that gently slopes into the ocean, waves that make it ideal for swimming, and rock outcroppings at both ends of the beach are great for snorkeling just outside of shore. Whether you’re looking to lounge beneath a palm tree, splash around in the water or explore what lies beyond the breakers, Hapuna Beach is the place to be.

The Best Swimming Beaches

For those looking for the best places to take a dip, this list will include Kona’s best beaches for swimming.

Makalawena Beach

Makalawena Beach is definitely a hidden gem that must be sought out by those visiting the area. The beach itself may not be as easy to access as some other Kona beaches, but its hidden location gives it a feeling of seclusion and helps maintain its natural beauty. What’s more, Makalawena offers excellent swimming thanks to its clear waters and calm waves, creating an ideal atmosphere for safe swimming when the surf is low. Lastly, visitors here can enjoy peace of mind knowing that finding this hidden spot will help keep crowds comparatively low.

Spencer Beach Park

Spencer Beach Park is the perfect place for families to relax and enjoy the sun. With its beautiful shoreline, it’s the ideal spot for a swim; whether you’re an experienced ocean swimmer or just learning the ropes, Spencer Beach Park is suited for all skill levels. The crystal-clear waters lapping against the sand make for a refreshing dip on a hot day, while sheltered spots around the park provide plenty of places to escape the sun or take in the view. There are plenty of amenities nearby like showers, restrooms, lifeguards, and picnic tables, making Spencer Beach Park an ideal seaside retreat.

While the beach does require reservations now, it’s worth it if you’re looking for a family-friendly beach to spend the day at.

Kaunaʻoa (Mauna Kea) Beach

Mauna Kea beach is another great destination for the entire family. The soft sand slopes gently into the crystal clear water and are surrounded by swaying palm trees providing plenty of welcome shade. With a hotel mere steps away and easy access to amenities, you could spend your entire stay at this beach without going anywhere else. Whether kicking back and sunbathing or taking advantage of the summer months to go snorkeling in the gentle waters, Mauna Kea Beach is a great option.

Explore The Big Island with KONASTYLE

KONASTYLE adventures offer the perfect way to get off the beaten path and explore during your stay on the Big Island. With our tours, you can snorkel with majestic manta rays, break open your own Kona bundle under the knowledgeable guidance of an expert on local food and culture, or charter your own private boat for an unforgettable day out cruising along the coastline. No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, KONASTYLE has something that will make your trip to Hawaii special. Reach out to us to learn more or ask questions. We hope to hear from you soon!

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