Black-sand to white-sand, crystal-clear calm to surf’s up, the Big Island has plenty of beaches to choose from – and no wonder, when it has more coastline than any other Hawaiian island. Most of the Big Island’s best beaches lie clustered on the island’s north-west coast, known as the Kohala Coast.

For secluded sandy beaches reached only by foot, head to the Kona north coast. For watersports, stay put in Kailua on the sunny west coast. If snorkeling is what you’re after, dive off the Kona south coast or from Kealakekua Bay on the west coast.

To combine hiking and a welcome paddle, trek your way through Waipio Valley. For that iconic Hawaiian beach framed by swaying palms, try Hapuna on the west coast. Finally, to soak in a warm volcanic pool, try Ahalanui.

To get around from beach to beach, hire a 4x4 and follow the coastal highway.

Tours & Tickets

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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $146.99

Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $114.58

Two-Tank Scuba Dive Off the Big Island

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $177.00

Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $182.30

Aloha Days On The Beach

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $35.00

Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $243.26

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