‘AHALANUI BEACH PARK
You musts have a relating soak or a swim in this clear, warm 95 degrees half-acre pond surrounded by palms and fed by thermal freshwater springs mixed with seawater. The pool is volcanically heated and is easily accessible by ladders. Snorkeling is allowed in the pool. There is a small inlet connecting the pond to the Pacific. Picnics tables, grills and restrooms are available. Located on Hwy 137, SE of Pahoa town.
KEHENA BEACH PARK
Lovely black sand beach with coconut and ironwood trees offers shade and nice backdrop. Swimming can be rough because of the strong rip currents, but it’s a great place to watch dolphins and turtles. The secluded location of the beach also draws nude sunbather. Located off Hwy 137 about 5 miles south of McKenzie State Recreation Area, park by other cars and take the well-worn path to beach.
GREEN SAND (PAPAKOLEA) BEACH
Greens crystals sparkle like jewels in the sun next to a magnificence turquoise sea in this unusual, most beautiful crescents beach formed during an early eruptions of Mauna Loa. Swimming can be dangerous and there are no facilities, but once you kick off your tennis shoes and have a refreshing soak, you will appreciate the awesomeness of nature’s gift. Take Hwy 11 to South Points Rd in Ka u and go south 12 miles. From here, continue NE oh the dirt road to the boat launch and hike the final two miles to this majestic beach.
MACKENZIE STATE RECREATION AREA
Beautiful 13-acre coastal park located in a breeze, cool ironwood grove along a rocky coastline. Small sea arches and lava tube openings are visible along the coastline cliffs. Swimming is not recommended due to the sea cliff that borders the park, but good shore fishing exists. Beware of occasional high waves that break oh the ledges. Picnics tables, camping and restrooms are available. Located off Hwy 137, 9 miles NE of Kaimu.
PUNALU’U BLACK SAND BEACH PARK
Palm trees lined this inciting lagoons where greens sea turtles test on the black sand, good swimming beach and easily accessible. Near the boat ramp at the northern end of the beach lie the ruins of a heiau and a flat sacrificial stoned. Restrooms and camping are available. Nearby is Ninole Cove, a small beach with a grassy area and lagoon good for swimming. Located on Hwy 11, 27 miles south of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
WHITTINGTON BEACH PARK
Picturesque scenic park rich with vibrate colors and history. Not much of a beach, but a great place to take photographs and explode the stunning views of the park and the wharf built in 1883 to move sugar, then destroyed by the 1946 tsunami. Swimming is not recommended in the oceans due to strong currents, high surf and rocky shoreline. Fishing is popular with the locals on the weekends. Picnic area, restrooms, electricity and camping are available. Located off Hwy 11 across from the abandoned sugar mill.