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 other activities, including surfing, kayaking, and fishing. As with most of the beaches peppered throughout the Hawaiian Island chain, you will be treated to enthralling views of shimmering waters, active volcanic mountain ranges, white-sand beaches, and verdant tropical foliage. Although some of the following beaches are not directly in Kona, they are all within exceedingly easy driving distance.
Hapuna Beach State Park
Hapuna Beach State Park occupies over 60 acres and forms an inspiring crescent that stretches for over a half mile. It is a white-sand beach with impressive rocky outcroppings at either end of the beach. This particular beach is very wide, making it ideal for beach sports and activities of all kinds. The caveat here is that you will want to bring your gear for whatever you are planning to do along with you, as there are no places to rent gear or equipment in very close range. There are some decent state cabins available for rent at the beach park, a nice option for people looking to lessen the load of their trip cost. Great place for swimming, but also good for boogie boarding and body boarding in certain spots. Lifeguards are rarely on duty, so you will want to use extra precaution when hitting the waves.
Makalawena Beach stretches over five inlets and includes about a mile of white sandy shoreline. This is a remote beach that requires a fifteen-minute or so hike, but is well worth the effort once you arrive. There are no lifeguards on duty and few public facilities, but the sheer natural beauty of the place more than makes up for this. You will be stunned with the range of natural phenomena, from black lava formations and white sand dunes to towering palms and vividly colored island flora. There are teal lagoons that teem with green sea turtles and all manner of other tropical wildlife can be detected all over the area. There is even a freshwater pool where you can cool off after bathing in the ocean and heading back for your return hike.
Holoholokai Beach Park
This beach park has everything you need in the way of public facilities and also offers stunning views of the ocean. The beach itself is rocky and has black sand, which is gorgeous when set against the frothing white coral formations. This is one of the Kona beaches that offer bathrooms, BBQ grills, and picnic facilities, but there are no lifeguards on duty. There are some awesome coastal and interior trails that begin or pass through this gorgeous beach park in Hawaii.
Kahuwai Bay Beach
Kahuwai Bay Beach is a lovely, white-sand beach located by the Kona Village Resort. Visitors of this beach often stay at this accommodation. You will not find big crowds here, just relaxing days and nights on the beach. There are lifeguards on duty on the stretches of the beach connected with the resort and you will also find limited public facilities. This is a great beach for swimming as the currents are calm. The sunsets from this sandy stretch are breathtaking to say the least.