Owning Big Island real estate provides residents the ability to frequent some of the best beaches in Hawaii. Whether you want to stay close to KaMilo Homes or are feeling adventurous enough to trek for the best – we're sharing some of our favorite beaches all over the Big Island!
Mauna Lani Beach
Walk down to Mauna Lani Beach from KaMilo Homes and enjoy the crystal blue waters with swimming and snorkeling areas. If you head left on the way down you'll pass a small fishpond which will lead you to another similar beach, Makaiwa Bay. Both of these beaches are located in front of the hotels or beach clubs, but there are no lifeguards on duty, so be aware of swimming conditions. If you are going to walk down with lots of beach gear, plan to head down earlier in the day since it can get very dry and hot on the way down in the middle of the afternoon. Whether you choose Mauna Lani or Makaiwa Bay, both are great for a quick trip for a dip in the ocean or for an all day excursion.
Coming from KaMilo Homes, you can walk down to the Puako Petroglyph Park and explore the park along with some of Puako's crystal clear beaches often filled with sunbathing turtles or "honu." You can also access Puako Beaches by heading north on Highway 19 and taking a left on Puako Beach Drive just before mile marker 70. You'll be able to park your car and access one of Puako's many beaches through the access trails and enjoy both shade and sun. This is a great area for snorkeling since waters are often clear and calm. This area is also a favorite for dog lovers, as most of the island is not dog friendly, but Puako allows dogs that are accompanied on a leash.
Waialea Beach, also known as beach 69 is also accessed through Puako Beach Drive. You'll turn off of Puako Beach Drive onto Old Puako Road and turn left into a large lot for beach parking. There are bathrooms and showers available, and there are great areas for shade and sun. Picnic tables are also available, making this beach a great spot for a barbecue with the whole family.
Anaeho'omalu Bay, more commonly known as "A Bay," is a very popular spot for both locals and tourists. It's located within Waikoloa Beach Resort, but this beach isn't just for hotel guests. Head down Waikoloa Beach Drive and pass Queen's Marketplace on the left, and the King's Shops on your right. Just past the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa entrance, turn left towards the gated community Kolea and head toward the Beach Access Parking Lot. You can also access the beach near the popular Lava Lava Beach Club. A Bay is a great spot for snorkeling or sunbathing, and is in an excellent location to grab a bite to eat after a long day in the sun.
About 10 minutes north of KaMilo Homes, is one of the islands most frequented and sought out beaches, Hapuna Beach. Turn left off Highway 19 (the first left after Puako Beach Drive) onto Hapuna Beach Road. This is a great spot to bring the whole family for swimming and bodysurfing. There is ample parking available, along with food vendors for lunch and lots of room to spread out. Restrooms and showers are also available to the public. Hapuna is one of those locations that reminds people why they live here – white sand, crystal blue waters, and if you stay long enough, you're sure to be graced with a stunning sunset.
About a half hour south of KaMilo Homes, is a popular beach spot with tiered lava rock, smooth white sand, and crystal blue water. The official name by the state is Manini'owali, but it is most commonly known as Kua Bay or Kua Beach. Not too long ago, the only way to access the beach was to rough a 4-wheel drive only road, or park alongside the highway and walk down. In recent years, the road has been paved and facilities were put in. While the beach is certainly more crowded now that it's easier to get to, the beautiful white sand beach remains the same.
Mahai'ula Beach (Within Kekaha Kai State Park)
Kekaha Kai State Park contains a quiet beach along Mahai'ula Bay. Although this beach is located just south of Kua Bay – only a half hour from KaMilo Homes – it still requires quite the trek to get there. The road heading down to the beach starts out paved, and quickly turns into rough terrain that is best done with 4-wheel drive, but not required. If you don't have 4-wheel drive, this road is still doable, but it's important to go slow and let others pass if they need to. You'll often see rentals parked at the top (with good reason), but if you're planning on walking down, be sure to do so early in the morning. It's a long way down across a hot and dry lava field. But rest assured, whenever and however you reach the bottom, you'll be ready for a dunk in the cool, crystal blue water, and can even enjoy the many shaded areas overlooking white sand and sometimes sun bathing sea turtles.
Magic Sands or White Sands
This beach is a favorite because of its location to town. Head in for a bite to eat, a trip to the farmers' market, and enjoy the magic that is Magic Sands. Also known as White Sands, this beach is located just south of downtown Kona, on Ali'i Drive. This beach is on the smaller side, but is perfect for families because of its restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grilling areas, and a lifeguard on duty. Just head there early to make sure you get parking in the lot or on the side of the road, and to find a good spot before the beach fills up. Keep in mind the reason why this beach is called Magic Sands – during high surf the waves often pull the sand out exposing lava rock. This often happens during the winter, but eventually the sand gets washed back up.
Although this is the furthest beach to get to on this list, an hour and a half drive shouldn't keep you from seeing this beach at least once. Punalu'u Beach is known for it's beautiful black sand that is often frequented by sea turtles basking in the sun. This beach is located on the southeast coast of the Big Island between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu. Head out early in the day and bring a packed lunch, lots of water, and spend the day enjoying the ocean, sun, and black sand that you can only get on the Big Island.
So whether you're up for a full day or even weekend adventure, or just want to stay close by and walk from your Mauna Lani Real Estate – Big Island beaches are what makes living here paradise. Now go and have some family fun and start checking these beaches off your list!