Upon first glance, the inhospitable and inexplicably beautiful lava rock coastline the Kona shore might not seem conducive to sunny days on the beach. Fortunately, in the Best Beaches in Kona, there are multiple hidden gems, secluded coves, and idyllic stretches of sand perfect for soaking up the sun and taking a dip in the refreshing waters of the Pacific Ocean. No matter where you are staying on the Kona Coast, don’t miss these magical Kona beaches during your stay. Please check with the lifeguards on duty or Hawaii County website for the latest conditions and ocean entry information.
Kona Beaches: Waiaha Beach
Also known as Honl’s, this beach is popular with surfers. Located in the heart of Kona boasts wide stretches of white sand and scenic rocky shoreline. Fishing is popular here, and swimming is generally okay – though you should be aware of hazardous footing and periodic currents with strong waves. Facilities include parking, showers, changing areas, and restrooms.
La’aloa Beach Park
Another of the best beaches in Kona. Also known as White Sands or Kona Magic Sands, located on Ali`I Drive, this public park is an ideal spot for a quick dip or luxuriating swim in the protected waters of Kailua Bay. Idyllic white sands and a few swaying palm trees remind you that you are indeed in paradise, but real-life amenities like a lifeguard, restrooms with showers, BBQ grills, and a small parking lot are excellent concessions to reality.
Kahalu`u Beach Park
One of the best snorkel spots on the Kona Coast, there are more than 100 species of friendly and colorful reef fish at this scenic public beach. Unlike many other spots, the fish are not too wary of human interaction, allowing you to drift amongst them and even recruit a cult following if you are patient enough. The beach is in a protected cove, and an offshore rock wall reduces the wave action making it a perfect spot for swimming. Patches of sand are interspersed with lava rocks, and at low tide, a collection of tide pools are perfect for exploring.
Kohanaiki Beach Park
This relatively new park (it opened in 2013) just north of Kona features sandy and rocky shorelines, overnight camping, and quiet solitude. The water can be rocky, making it more of a surfing beach than a swimming spot, but the large stretches of sand are perfect for soaking up some rays. At low tide, tide pools can be found and safely entered if you need to cool off.
Wawaloli Beach Park
This beach is popular with locals since many tourists are turned off by the noise of jets passing overhead on their approach to their airport. Still, as one of the more protected coves on the Kona Coast, the tide pools, large expanses of sand, and spectacular sunsets provide plenty of reasons to visit. Kids and adults will love exploring the rocky intertidal zones, though it is not the best beach for swimming.