A Few of Our Favorite Island Beaches

A Few of Our Favorite Island Beaches

  • Karen E. Bail
  • 01/28/22

When it comes to making the move to paradise, the benefits of relocating are almost never-ending. The weather, the natural beauty, and the local culture are all some of the very best that the island of Hawai’i has to offer, and certainly does so in abundance.

And speaking of natural beauty, the Big Island is also home to some of the world’s very best beaches as well, of course! Today we’ll share some of our very favorite beaches from across the Big Island so you can plan out your next family excursion and enjoy some of the very best our island has to offer for some serious R&R: 

  • Mauna Kea Beach: This picturesque beach just about has it all—pristine waters, soft sand, and you know what they say in the real estate game…location, location, location! Near to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and all its amenities—including a world-famous golf course—this beach is perfect for some fun in the sun, not to mention some choice snorkeling along its southern edge. 
  • Waialea Bay Beach: Although this is certainly one of the busier beaches you’ll find on the Big Island, it’s for a very good reason—this white-sand beach is simply stunning. A popular spot for families, Waialea Bay is also top-notch for both snorkeling and even scuba diving, with shower facilities located onsite. Take note, though: there are no lifeguards staffing this region, so safety first when it comes to planning your trip to these inviting shores. 
  • If you’re looking for another great family-friendly beach, then look no further than Anaeho’omalu Beach along the gorgeous Kohala Coast. Its gentle surf is nearly always safe for keiki to play in, and even has a kiosk to rent all manner of snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking equipment on site! This is definitely a perennial favorite around the island for kama’aina and tourists alike. 
  • Pololu Valley Black Sand Beach: Now this is a personal favorite! Near to the end of Highway 270, you’ll need to hike for around thirty minutes or so to reach this beauty, but the trip is well worth the price of admission—this black sand beach is the kind of scene you’d picture on a postcard here on the Big Island! It’s also good to note that, owing to its location and wilderness, there are definitely no facilities or amenities either on the beach or within the immediate vicinity, so be sure and plan accordingly. 

And before we go, we’d like to share a tip to malama ‘aina (help the lands): please be sure to only use reef-safe sunscreen! Our coral reefs are delicate, and the Hawai’i ecosystem has been hammered as of late by both an abundance of visitors and harmful chemicals seeping into the waters from mass-produced sunscreens. It’s important to protect yourself against the harmful UV rays of the sun, but it’s also important to help protect our environment from decay by taking care to only use reef-friendly sunscreen, along with utilizing shade and sun-protective clothing. 

For more information, you can check out this recent post from the Big Island Guide

Mahalo nui for your time and care!

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