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Beaches in Kailua-Kona & Alii Drive

Kona Keiki Beach

Kona Keiki Beach (kids beach) is hidden away behind a private housing community in Kailua. If you have kids...

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Kahaluu Beach Park

Kahalu’u Beach Park is the most popular snorkeling location on the Big Island as is it shallow, protected, lifeguarded,...

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Honl’s Beach

Honl’s Beach is a small park with a sandy beach along Ali’i Drive. If you are staying in the...

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Dig Me Beach

Dig Me Beach is a small patch of sand below concrete walls along the waterfront in Kailua-Kona. It’s a...

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End of the World

The End of the World is a public shoreline access along Lekeleke Bay that’s great for walking and catching...

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He’eia Bay Beach

He’eia Bay is a small bay located north of Keauhou Harbor and adjacent to the Kanaloa Resort Property. The...

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Makolea Beach

Makolea Beach is a hidden beach south of well-known Kahalu’u Beach Park that is worth trying to find. It...

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Oneo Bay

Oneo Bay has a narrow shoreline along Alii Drive on the Kailua-Kona waterfront between Kona Oceanfront Gallery and Huggos...

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Pawai Bay

Pawai Beach is at a private facility located on private property owned by Queen Lili’uokalani Trust. This trust, which...

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About Kailua-Kona & Alii Drive

The city of Kailua-Kona has many beaches in the downtown area and all along Ali'i Drive which runs south from downtown. In some cases these beaches are well-known like Magic Sands Beach, Kahalu'u snorkeling beach, and King Kam Beach (by the Kona Pier), but other beaches are hardly known and easy to miss. Many of these "other" beaches are tiny spots marked by "Public Shoreline Access" signs between homes and hotels. A few of them are noteworthy for their uniqueness including Ali'i Saltwater Pool, Old Kona Airport Beach, and Kona Keiki Beach (perfect for kiddos). Some of Kailua's beaches are good for swimming like Keauhou Bay and Dig Me Beach while others are for surfers (Lymans) or just going for a walk (End of the World). It should be noted that Kailua, like much of the Big Island, has rocky shores with minimal sand. This western shore makes up for the lack of sand by having incredible snorkeling. If you are a good swimmer and the surf is mellow, don some snorkeling gear and go see the colorful fish that swim in and around Kailua. Sea turtles are a common sight too, but give them space in the water and on land. Kailua is a medium-sized city with all the services you'll ever need plus great restaurants and fun places like breweries, coffee shops, and waterfront shopping centers. Your to-do list could include getting a Scandinavian Shave Ice (with a scoop of ice cream), sipping some Kona Coffee, savoring some fish from Da Poke Shack, trying "Donkey Balls", or renting a SUP to see the waterfront from the water on Kailua Bay. Enjoy your visit to Kailua-Kona and take time to explore its diverse shore.