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.

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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Discover the best snorkeling off the Kohala Coast on this 3.5-hour Big Island snorkel cruise. Aboard a comfortable catamaran, admire Hawaii's postcard-worthy ...  Read more

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $146.99

Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari

Capture Hawaii’s amazing landscapes on a photo tour with a private photography guide. One of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, the Big Island is ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $114.58

Two-Tank Scuba Dive Off the Big Island

If you're a certified diver who wants to experience some of Hawaii's best diving, this two-tank scuba diving tour from Waikoloa Beach is for you! Off the Big ...  Read more

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.00

Aloha Days On The Beach

Join this local operator every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am until 2pm for an old-fashioned Aloha Beach Celebration in the sheltered waters of ...  Read more

Location: Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00

Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Do as the Hawaiians do by learning how to surf! Whether you’re a total novice or have some past experience, this private surf lesson in Kona provides ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.30

Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Combine two amazing Big Island experiences with this submarine adventure and snorkel cruise in Kona. On your submarine tour, discover Hawaii's tropical ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $233.62

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