KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK
A 1,642 acre coastal state park with some of the best beaches on the islands. Mahai`ula Beach is an exquisite white sands beach great for swimming and snorkeling in the well-protected bay. About a 30-minute walk north of Mahai’ula Beach is Makalawena Beach, one of the moist stunning beaches on the islands, with silky white sands and beautiful crystal clear turquoise water with sands dunes and trees as a backdrop and shoreline Cade up of ititricate coves. Located —2 Miles north of Kona International Airport off Hwy 19 between mile markers #90 and #91, take tough 1 1/2 mile road to beach.
KUA BAY BEACH PARK
Gorgeous, pristine white sands beach great for swimming is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park. Restrooms are available. Located off Hwy 19 across West Hawai’i Veteran’s Cemetery —5 miles north of the Kona Airport.
Longs, harrow strands of white sands beaches north of the harbor with several protected pools bordered by a lagoons is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Ai’opio Beach is a sandy beach with crystal clear water and greens sea turtles north of the harbor with protected swimming areas and Alula Beach is a small white sandy crescents beach south of the harbor offering good snorkeling and offshore scuba diving. Kaloko Beach has great snorkeling with sea arches. The beaches are part of the Kaloko-Honokohau National Park located off Hwy 19. Take turn onto Hohokohau Small Boat Harbor or visit the park headquarters between mile marker #96 and #97.
OLD KONA AIRPORT PARK
The beach has a sandy inlet with tide pools. Snorkeling and diving are good. Be careful of sharp coral and lava rock when entering the water. Picnics area, tennis courts, jogging path, restrooms and showers are available. Located at the north end of Kuakini Rd off Hwy 19.
WAWALOI BEACH PARK
Fascinating collection of tide pools and sandy beach is a great spot for kids and for exploring nearby secluded beaches. The beach is protected by a natural lava barrier for enjoyable swimming. Pine Trees, a popular surf spot, is nearby; swimming is not recommended. Picnics tables, grills, restrooms and showers are available. Located off Hwy 19 north of Kona Airport dose to mile marker #94; follows signs for Natural Energy Lab.