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Best Beaches in Kona

Heading to Hawaii? Here are the top 5 beaches in Kona that should be on your list.

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Kona is a paradise full of amazing landscapes, coupled with pristine waters, making it a perfect place to explore. It offers a plethora of stunning beaches and here is a compiled list of 5 best beaches in Kona. Additionally, most of the beaches of Kona are excellent for kids, and you can spot turtles that add a little adventure to your trip.

5 Best Beaches in Kona

The beaches of Kona are sandy and have volcanic tide pools with surrounding lava pools.

1. Manini'owali Beach at Kua Bay

This is one of the best beaches in Kona and is located 22 minutes north of Kailua-Kona. Hapuna Beach ends with Kua Bay and is often considered one of the best white sand beaches in Hawaii. Also, the water here is transparent and clean and is a perfect destination for snorkelling. While on this beach, look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine wildlife as they also love exploring this beach.

2. Makalawena Beach

If you are travelling solo, Makalawena Beach is one of the perfect spots for you. This beach is usually secluded and is accessible by a hiking trail.

Once you reach there, the astonishing view of sands and rugged topography creates a heavenly view that is unforgettable. You can enjoy yourself by snorkelling, bodyboarding, or swimming in the clear waters.

3. Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay is located around 12 miles from Kailua Village and is a Marine Life Conservation District. Most importantly, this is where Captain James Cook first came to Hawaii and landed.

This is one of the most loved bays of Kona and features crystal clear water and is home to many tropical fishes. The Kealakekua Bay is also an excellent location for diving and snorkelling, and you can even spot dolphins here.

4. ‘Alula Beach

'Alula Beach is one of the local favourite chilling spots and is a crescent-shaped beach offering protected swimming. The rugged look of this place often attracts tourists around the world.

This beach is a part of the 1160-acre Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and you can enter it for free. This place has abundant fish ponds and freshwater springs, making it a must-visit place.

5. Honokohau / “Kona Dog” Beach

The water at Honokohau beach is quite clear, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Moreover, this beach is located south of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, and dogs are allowed here off leash. Hence, this is an ideal place for dog lovers and travellers with a dog. However, if you have extra time, visit the historical Big Island Park to see the ‘salt and pepper’ sand beach.

Besides these top 5 beaches in Kona, there are also multiple options for travellers to explore. A few other options include:


It is undeniable that the best beaches in Kona offer a perfect spot for snorkelling and swimming. Also, you can visit Magic Sands, an amazing place to enjoy a calm day. You can also explore a few places such as Moku‘aikaua Church, Hulihe‘e Palace, Kona Farmers Market, and Kona Hawaiian Quilt Museum and Gallery for a memorable experience.

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