About Alii Saltwater Swimming Pool on Kona & West Island, Hawaii
Ali’i Saltwater Swimming Pool is something you have to see even if you don’t plan to go swimming there. It’s a unique place on a terrace above the ocean right in Kailua-Kona.
This pool however isn’t always inviting, in fact it’s usually too gross to swim in as the water gets stagnant if the ocean doesn’t flush it out. During periods of high surf (most likely occurring from October to April) the waves will crash over the wall and fill the pool with fresh saltwater. It’s quite an experience.
Even though this pool is surrounded by private property, it’s a public shoreline access and has public parking too. You’ll find the pool entrance at a blue and white “Shoreline Public Access” sign between Kona By The Sea and the Kona Isle Condominiums building (75-6100 Alii Drive). From there a path follows a lava rock wall between the condo buildings and ends at a concrete terrace. The pool is concrete too, but it’s surrounded by a mortared lava rock wall. An overflow lets excess saltwater flow out into smaller pools which are excellent tidepools for the kids to enjoy.
Options for parking include street parking spaces (pay attention to the signs), four public parking spaces in front of Kona By The Sea (parking hours are 7am to 9pm), or park at Kona Reef Liquor & Deli and after enjoying your lunch and/or cocktail, walk over to check out the saltwater pool.
There are no restrooms at the pool, but there is a shower at the entrance to the path.
- 75-6100 Ali‘i Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
- Free small parking lot and street parking
- Swimming, Tidepooling
- Swimming Pool, Tide Pools, Shower
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