Big Island

Big Island
Big Island, as the actual island of Hawaii is known, is the largest of all the islands in the Hawaiian chain as well as the largest island in the entire United States. Hawaii the island is often simply referred to as Big Island to avoid confusion between the name of the island and the name of the state. Big Island features some of the most amazing beaches in Hawaii, including Hilo, Mauna Kea, Wailea, and Spencer Beach Park.

Major cities located on Big Island are also many of the top Hawaiian destinations. These include Waimea and Hilo, as well as top attractions such as Mauna Kea and Kilauea Crater. The greatest concentration of viable beaches for swimming and sports by far is on the northwest coast in Kona and Kohala.

You can expect a full-service resort experience at many of the accommodations in Hawaii, except that they tend to not be so crowded and overrun with people. The expansive Big Island gives visitors plenty of room to spread out and enjoy their own privacy. Not only are the beaches absolutely breathtaking on the Big Island, they also afford people the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of beach related activities. Surfing is huge Hawaii and there are many beaches where both novice and advanced surfers will find surf that appeals to them. Jet skiing, boogie boarding, boating, and fishing are just a few more of the activities that are available. Most of the major hotels and resorts will offer rentals for gear and equipment, and if not, will be able to direct you in the right place to find it.

Lifeguards do not traditionally patrol the beaches in Hawaii, except along the stretches of the beach where the hotels are concentrated. The surf is unpredictable many times on the beaches of Big Island, so as you have fun, be sure to be careful as well.

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Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach

Green Sand Beach (properly known as Papakolea Beach) is one of only two green sand beaches in the United States. This stunningly distinctive characteristic is the cause of olivine crystals created from volcanic activity. This is one of the most impressive places on the Big Island, due in large part to the exceptionally rare coloring […]

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach is located on the west coast of the Big Island (also known as Hawaii). This gorgeous stretch of the Kohala Coast is relatively secluded and almost always empty, due in large part to the fact that it is within such close proximity of the much larger Hapuna Beach State Park. The huge […]

Hapuna Beach State Park

Hapuna Beach State Park

The Hapuna Beach State Park is one of the loveliest beach destinations on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The Kohala Coast in Kona where it is located is exceptionally pretty. The beach itself is a breathtaking, half-mile stretch of golden sand that offers surf that is accommodating for swimmers nearly all of the […]

Kona Beaches

Kona Beaches

Kona beaches are spread along the western coast of Hawaii (often just referred to as the Big Island). Although the Big Island is not necessarily known for having an overabundance of beaches, it does in fact have a good number, many of which provide excellent swimming and snorkeling and opportunities for a whole host of […]

Hilo Beaches

Hilo Beaches

Hilo beaches are some of the most picturesque on the eastern coast of Hawaii. Black-sand and a few white-sand beaches pepper the coastline of Hilo Bay and provide idyllic vacation retreats for visitors of the islands. Hilo Hawaii is the most populous town on the Big Island, and as such, you will find that there […]

Big Island Beaches

Big Island Beaches

Big Island, more properly known as Hawaii Island, or just Hawaii, is the southeastern most of all the islands in the archipelago that comprises this chain in the North Pacific. It is not only the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands, but also has the distinction of being the largest island in the entire United […]