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About Puako Bay and Boat Ramp on Kona & West Island, Hawaii

Puako Boat Ramp is a small boat launching facility that provides access to Puako Bay and the shoreline between the resorts at Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani. Even if you don’t have a boat, this is still a great place to get into or onto the water.

There’s a tiny beach next to the boat ramp but it’s not for sunbathing. This beach just makes it easier to launch a kayak or a SUP into the bay.

The pier at Puako Boat Ramp is surprisingly short and narrow. It’s just big enough for a smaller motor boat to tie up before loading onto a trailer.

Snorkeling here is pretty good in both directions along the shore just stay out of the boat lane.

The Ala Kahakai Trail starts at the north side of the parking lot and heads into the trees on the way to Beach 69 and Hapuna Beach. After the trail breaks out of the trees you can turn left and walk out to the end of Ohai Point which has good snorkeling too.

Parking at Puako Boat Ramp is free for day-use (don’t block the boat turn around area). To get to the boat ramp, turn off Highway 19 onto Puako Beach Drive (well signed for “Puako”). The entrance is less than a mile from the highway. Just a bit farther down the road you’ll find a sandy beach at the first Puako Beach Drive Shoreline Access.

Puako Beach Dr
Waimea, HI 96743
Park Name
Puako Boat Ramp, Puako Bay and Puako Reef Fisheries Management Area
Other Names
Ohai Point, Puako Boat Launch
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free parking
Boating, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Swimming, Fishing, Snorkeling, Hiking
Boat Ramp, Pier, Restrooms, Trail
Waikoloa Village,US
7:09 pm, July 15, 2024
temperature icon 78°F
L: 74° H: 84°
Feels like 79.43 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:52 am
Sunset: 7:05 pm
Humidity 92 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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