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Top Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii

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Top Beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii
Best known for dramatic volcanoes and oozing lava flows, the Big Island is also home to some of Hawaii’s most unique beaches, in shades of black, white, and even green. Check out these top sandy spots, mostly clustered on the northwestern coast. 

Punaluu Beach
The most famous of the Big Island’s beaches, Punaluu is also known simply as the “Black Sand Beach” thanks to its distinctive black lava-rock sand. Easily accessible from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it’s also a popular spot for sighting wild green sea turtles. Use caution if swimming here, as currents can be strong.

Hapuna Beach
If your idea of a beach paradise features an expansive swath of soft, white sand surrounded by a verdant tropical landscape, head to Hapuna Beach. A Big Island rarity, its powdery texture is ideal for sunbathing, while reliably great water conditions invite swimming, snorkeling, and other watersports. Plenty of parking and convenient facilities make Hapuna a great choice for families with kids. 

Honaunau Bay
Known by locals as the “City of Refuge” due to its ancient history as a sanctuary, today Honaunau Bay is one of the Big Island’s top snorkeling and diving spots because of its protected location and great visibility. Don a mask and fins to explore coral gardens teeming with tropical fish and sea turtles, and savor the photogenic backdrop of palm trees swaying above the sandy shores. 

Mauna Kea Beach
Venture just north of Hapuna for the postcard-worthy Mauna Kea Beach—a large, graceful crescent framed by greenery and a reef rock that provides a natural barrier from currents. Guests staying at Mauna Kea Resort are just steps away, while other visitors may have to arrive early to snag limited parking at this deservedly popular swimming and sunbathing spot.

Kahaluu Beach Park
Locals and visitors alike love this family-friendly beach conveniently located right in Kailua-Kona. Clear, calm water protected by a rock wall create prime snorkeling conditions to view dozens of varieties of fish. Surfers often catch waves farther out in the bay, and ample facilities make it a great spot to linger for a sunset barbecue.
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Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Private Surf Lesson on the Big Island

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It’s widely believed that the sport of surfing was invented here in Hawaii, and the calm waters of Kahalu’u Bay are the perfect spot to learn. During this private Kona surf lesson, you’ll learn from an expert, local instructor how to paddle and balance on the board, and how to stand up, ride the wave, and paddle back out for more. This tour is perfect for novice surfers or those with little experience, and by the end of this 2-hour surf lesson in Kona, you’ll have the skills to ride the waves like Hawaiian surfers of old. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Aloha Days On The Beach: Waikoloa Beach Water Sports Package

Aloha Days On The Beach: Waikoloa Beach Water Sports Package

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Enjoy unlimited use of standup paddle boards, kayaks and hydro-bikes in the sheltered waters of Anaeho'omalu Bay with this 4-hour beach package. Available from 10am until 2pm, take your family to the surf and sand and help yourself to top-of-the-line snorkel gear, kayaks, life jackets and more. You can also take a tour of the reefs on a glass-bottom boat or paddle a Hawaiian outrigger canoe. This package offers fun activities for families of all ages.
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  • 4 hours
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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

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On this Big Island snorkeling cruise, experience the beauty of the Kohala coast from its colorful reefs to its beaches, as you scan the horizon for splashing dolphins or, in winter, humpback whales. In addition to colorful reef fish, there’s always the chance you could find Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling the pristine coves. Enjoy the attentive, personalized service from your professional captain and crew, who also help serve you lunch, and run the boat’s open bar.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

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On this Big Island snorkel and submarine experience, combine two Hawaii marine adventures into one hassle-free trip. Begin with a boat ride out into the open sea to spot dolphins with the help of a guide and enjoy a snorkel in the clear waters. Next, board the Atlantis submarine and descend up to 100 feet (30 meters) for a unique perspective on Hawaii's tropical underwater life and coral gardens.
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  • 5 hours
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