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Beaches in North Kailua-Kona

Makalawena Beach

Makalawena Beach is one of those harder to reach beaches on the Big Island, but unlike most of the...

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Kaloko Fishpond

Kaloko Fishpond is an historic coastal site and ideal hiking destination near Kailua-Kona. The pond and the land around...

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Kiholo Queens Bath

Keanalele Waterhole, better known as Kiholo Queens Bath, is a small freshwater pool inside a lava tube cave at...

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Ooma Beach

O’oma Beach is a relatively new public beach park with access to an excellent shoreline just north of Kailua-Kona....

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Pueo Bay Beach

Pueo Bay Beach is seldom visited as it’s harder to get to than the resort beaches in the area....

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Awakee Bay

Awake’e Bay Beach is part of Kekaha Kai State Park, but it doesn’t get the visitation of the sandier...

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Kahoiawa Bay

Kahoiawa Bay Beach is a seldom visited spot on the North Kona Coast between Makalawena Beach and Kua Bay....

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Ohiki Bay Beach

Ohiki Bay is one of the least visited beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii, and not surprisingly it’s...

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Hidden Beach

This is a tiny hidden (and unnamed as far as we can tell) gray sand beach north of Kona....

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About North Kailua-Kona

North of Kailua-Kona and outside of the four major resorts you'll find many more beaches of all varieties to choose from. Although the resorts of Waikoloa, Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani, and Hualalai all have excellent beaches, there are superb beaches at places like Kekaha Kai State Park, Kiholo State Park Reserve, and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. If you want to see many sea turtles then head to Wainanali'i Pond at Kiholo Bay. If you want epic boogie-boarding, try Kua Bay. If you want to swim in ocean water that's so colorful that it's hard to describe, then hike out to Makalawena Beach. North of Kailua you can also find an uncrowded black sand beach, 4x4 trails that lead to hidden spots, an underground swimming hole, and a popular surfing break with "pine trees". Two other unique places near Kailua are inside the national park and are fun to visit, Aiopio Fish Trap Beach and Kaloko Fishpond. If you want to find something out of the ordinary and outside of the resorts, explore the shoreline north of Kailua-Kona.