The Big Island is known for its dramatic, rocky coastlines. But there are many beautiful sandy beaches as well. Kua Bay, Kahaluu Beach (renowned as the best snorkel spot on the west coast), White (Magic) Sand Beach and Pine Trees Beach.
The Big Island’s exceptional beaches provide activities like snorkeling and surfing, exotic sealife like honu (turtles) and colorful fish, as well as white or black sand shorelines. Visit these for some of the best of the best.
Kua Bay (Maniniowali)
The beach is made of soft white sand and it can deliver good (big!) waves in the winter but is good for snorkeling when the water is calm.
Kahaluu Beach Park
A small beach with a reef that offers calm, warm water that makes it a very popular snorkeling spot with a large tame fish population making it popular with both visitors and locals.
White (Magic) Sand Beach Park
A beautiful little beach known for its white sand that ‘disappears’ when the surf is high. It offers lifeguards, restroom and picnic facilities.
Pine Trees Surfing Beach
For surfing, Pine Trees is a well-known locals beach with waves attracting experienced surfers. It has BBQ sites and tide pools for those who aren’t ready for the waves.