snorkel experience in Kona

The Big Island, being the youngest of the Hawaiian Islands, is still developing its sandy shores. This means you’ll find fewer beaches here compared to the older islands, and the sand often has a coarser texture, so water shoes can come in handy.

Stay Safe:
Always keep an eye out for sneaker waves—oversized and unexpected waves that can catch even the most experienced swimmers off guard. Keep children and pets away from the shore when the waves are unpredictable.

Pro Tips for a Perfect Beach Day:

  • Head Out in the Morning: More opportunities to spot sea life and easier parking for your rental Jeep.
  • Practice Good Etiquette:
    • No Littering: Leave no trace behind.
    • Respect Wildlife: Stay well away from all turtles and don’t feed the fish.
    • Protect Coral Reefs: Avoid walking on or touching fragile coral.

Explore Our Top 5 Beaches Near Kailua-Kona:

1. Hapuna Beach State Park


  • Stunning white sand beach
  • Ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing, and swimming
  • Popular for bodyboarding and beach sports

Located on the south Kohala Coast, north of Kona, this beach is on everyone’s Top Ten List. Pack your snorkel gear and relax on one of Hawaii’s finest beaches.

2. Kahalu’u Beach Park


  • Abundant colorful fish
  • Frequent sea turtle sightings
  • Great for snorkeling

Just a short drive from Kona, this beach is a snorkeler’s paradise. Float above the fragile coral to admire the marine life without causing damage.

3. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach


  • Unique black sand
  • Picnic-friendly area
  • Occasional sea turtle sightings

Nestled between Volcanoes National Park and Naalehu, this black sand beach is perfect for a picturesque picnic. You might spot Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the shore.

4. La’aloa Beach Park (Magic Sands or White Sands Beach)


  • Watch surfers and bodyboarders in action
  • Prime spot for wave watching
  • Quick drive down Ali’i Drive from Kona

Magic Sands, known for its ever-changing shoreline, is a local favorite for its vibrant waves and relaxed vibe. Keep an eye out for the surfers!

5. Anaeho’omalu Bay


  • Unique salt-and-pepper sand
  • Picturesque sunsets
  • Ancient petroglyphs nearby

Located in the Kohala Resort Area, north of Kona, this bay offers electric-blue water, turtles, and unforgettable sunsets. The nearby petroglyphs add a touch of historical intrigue to your visit.

Ready for Your Beach Adventure?
Rent a Jeep Wrangler from Kona Jeep Rental and explore these stunning beaches at your own pace. With unlimited mileage and flexible reservation policies, you’re free to discover the Big Island’s best-kept secrets.