Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
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One of the nicest sand beaches on the Kohala coast.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Carrie D.
    Cleveland, Ohio1,987 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach, Great Snorkeling
    This beach was recommended to us by a tour guide and it was everything we were looking for in a Hawaiian beach! It was a fairly long white sandy beach and easy to get to from Kailua-Kona. There’s a great rock reef that is amazing for snorkeling. We had a wonderful time floating in the waves and soaking up the sunshine. We saw a few sea turtles floating in the waves with us, which was cool. This beach had a ton of parking, but had no amenities at all. As we were staying at a hotel, it would have been nice to have chair or umbrella rentals, but it was also fine without them. We spent most of our time bobbing in the sea!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 June 2023
  • kyzrdg
    131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still a great beach
    Hapuna Beach will get its 5th star back when they fix the water situation. As of August of 2023 the bathrooms are still closed, the showers are off, and the snack bar is closed.Don't think they will be repaired until Spring of 2024 from what I've heard. Having said that, it's still a premier white sand beach in the South Kohala coast on the Big Island. It is a very large white sand Beach that has calm shore break most of the time. Make sure to always pay attention to conditions as they can change. Hapuna can get large surf occaisionally so always be careful. There is an entry fee for the park as it is a State of Hawaii Park. When you arrive you will drive by the old pay shack that is torn down and find a parking spot. Walk over to the parking pay station fronting the old sack shack and buy your parking pass. It's $10.00 per vehicle and $5.00 per person on top of that. (Residents with Hawaii ID are free). Take the receipt and place it on the dash of your car. Then go and enjoy this pristine beach. Oh, please, don't complain about that, most other states charge a vehicle fee of some sort for entry to state parks so Hawaii is just catching up. If you need to, you can walk over to the Hapuna Beach hotel and resort and get a cocktail or a bite, otherwise, pack it in and pack it out. Snorkeling is limited to the area near the point at the Hotel, otherwise you're just looking at sand and maybe the occasional turtle cruising by. Don't harass the turtles and stay away from them. Don't touch coral and stack rocks. Leave it as it was when you arrived. During the day the sand can get hot so be advised. Little to no shade so bring the sunscreen and shade with you. Don't put umbrellas and tents up in front of people already there, that's just rude.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Jennlk
    Roanoke, Virginia99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach for families and beginning snorkelers
    The water is on!! If you read the other reviews you’ll see the biggest complaint was the water being off, but it is now on so don’t let that deter you from going. We got there early, about 8:30am, and it was pretty empty. There is a lot of parking available though. We did pay the fees, not sure if anyone really checks to make sure you do, it’s a self pay system, but we did pay for parking and entry. It was $10 to park and $5 a person. There were only about half a dozen people on the beach when we got there so we did get a nice shaded spot under a tree. I had never snorkeled, and my husband only had once, so we picked this beach because of how calm it is. We had a great time, saw lots of fish right off the beach, and enjoyed the smooth sand. There were a few families that came later, and it seemed a good place for the little ones to play in the water safely. If you are a more advanced snorkeler you can easily go further out and see more fish. There were plenty of people who went out past the rocks and said it was great. I highly recommend this beach for families with small kids or people who are not advanced snorkelers. If you like smooth sandy beaches with less lava and rocks this is the beach to go to!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Eric B
    Bend, Oregon17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome beach location
    Beach is one of the best in all of Hawaii. Clear water, ssndy beach and great snorkeling to the north of the beach just past the Westin. Was lucky to be out when over a hundred Dolphins came into the waters just 100 yards off shore. Unbelievable experience. They came back the next day too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Southwest_Gaucho
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona1,126 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice white sand beach
    Stopped in at the recommendation of a friend. Very nice state park with good amenities and some shade. Ample parking (arrived early) and shade. No drinking water but water to rinse sand off. Beach was nice and there are life guards. Needed clarification on boogey boards as signs say no surf boards etc. Found out we were allowed to have them. Very nice drive up the coast from Kona and not overly crowded.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Wayne W
    Victoria, Canada27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest white sand beach in Hawaii
    Wide, long white sand beach with shallow sand bottom blue ocean waves a hundred meters out from shore, the beach at Hapuna state park is what visitors envision for Hawaii. Plenty of pay parking ($20 for the day), an easy stroll to the beach, a very large covered picnic and barbecue area but no shade, so bring your beach umbrella and sunscreen! It is magnificent!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • VncrCanada
    Vancouver, Canada232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature and recrestion perfectly combined!
    Gorgeous place, we got there atound 8:00 AM for some excellent bird-watching before hitting the beach! There are a lot of trees edging the parking lot, plus large trees and bushes by the washrooms, plus water pooling on the ground by the outdoor taps/showers where birds also came to get a drink. Saw our first Hawaian Nene goose at this park! - plus many beatiful saffron finches, cardinals, francolins, even a couple of parrots along with the usuall common doves, mynas, and house sparrows. Very quiet there in the early morning with an almost empty parking lot. It got busier later but there is planty of parking and beach space for all and it never felt crowded. The water is so warm and clear and inviting and the waves so much fun to play in. There are shade trees along the edges of the beach as well as shaded picnic tables by the washrooms. Have lots of sun screen, hat, sunglasses, umbrella, and drinking wayer when on the beach proper. What a fabulous park and beach, nicest one we saw on the Big island :)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • lori
    Tacoma, Washington22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely and big beach
    We enjoyed our visit to Hāpuna beach. We went there as my husband remembered going when he was stationed there. Nice big sandy beach with on beach places to hang as well as picnic table areas. Nice facilities
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Naomi P
    Broken Arrow, Oklahoma5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hapuna Beach State Park
    I believe the waves are higher and rougher in the winter. It was so during this trip and there are life guards on the beach. They made several announcements concerning the rough waves breaking in shallow and rocky water as a danger to swimmers. I stayed in the surf the entire time and did not venture out despite knowing how to swim. The guards also warned of rip tides. The water was cool and refreshing and the beach is long. Parking was plentiful even though we went to Hapuna for three hours on New Year's Day. There is a shower spigot to rid oneself of sand on the way to the car. There are bathrooms available. I did not see food trucks so I suggest bringing your own snack and water. On the way, there was a malasada ( fried bread- very delicious) truck on the side of the road. I drove right past it, but would definitely have stopped.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 January 2024
  • Jodi M
    Lethbridge, Canada324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy on a Sunday
    It was a little overwhelming when we pulled into the massive parking lot. Thankfully it only took 5 minutes to find a parking spot. Parking was $15. There was a restroom and at least two lifeguards stands. Beach was beautiful and the waves were great.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2024
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Melanie M
Louisville, KY19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
trenchy a few feet out. dont' lose touch with the bottom of the oceean floor as there is a rip tide that occurs to the right end of the beach.
Written 11 April 2024
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Traveller_123
San Francisco, CA866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great place to swim in the open ocean. The ocean can get choppy sometime - hence best to go in a group. Once you get used to the waves, it’s so much fun. Easy to get parking and lots of shady trees.
Written 3 April 2024
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Sara L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Most beautiful beach we’ve ever seen. The water was so clear and we even saw a giant sea turtle swim by. Sandy beach with optimal space to set up. Family friendly and a great day trip
Written 1 April 2024
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Lyle L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Great white sand beach. No water shoes required. Very close to Waikōloa. Bring an umbrella but can get windy.
Parking was not a problem mid day.
Written 30 March 2024
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Troy H
West Jordan, UT42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This beach is very picturesque. We went 3 times during our stay. The body boarding is great and the sand is soft. There is no food close by so bring your own. You do have to pay $10 per vehicle and an additional $5 per person. That seems outrageous given that the bathroom facilities are poor.
Written 29 March 2024
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Caitlin M
New York City, NY30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Amazing beach—do not miss!

It’s just as beautiful as everyone says. Gentle waves means you can stay in the water through sunset. One of my favorite beaches on the island.

Also, we came in the afternoon and were able to find parking.
Written 22 March 2024
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Crystal Hefner
West Hollywood, CA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
This beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with water like blue Gatorade. I highly recommend visiting this beach at least once in your lifetime. I believe it’s listed as one of the best beaches in the United States. Dogs are not allowed unless they are service animals. I had my little dog with me for a bit but felt uncomfortable having her there because they aren’t really allowed.
Written 4 March 2024
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badgerken2019
Waukegan, IL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
For fun in the sun and ocean, this beach can’t be beat. If is long and wide with very soft sand. Open access to the ocean and so great for boarding etc. one drawback is lack of shade.
Written 23 February 2024
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Jodi M
Lethbridge, Canada324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
It was a little overwhelming when we pulled into the massive parking lot. Thankfully it only took 5 minutes to find a parking spot. Parking was $15. There was a restroom and at least two lifeguards stands. Beach was beautiful and the waves were great.
Written 18 February 2024
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fineshot2000
Marquette, MI1,212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Beautiful beach on the northwest side of the Big Island. Great for boogie boarding or crashing in the waves. Safe with Lifeguards. $15 parking for non-residents. Wish this was made clear with signage upon entering the park so I didn’t have to backtrack all the way back to the car to grab wallet to pay when I saw the pay station (not so obvious) near the beach house.
Written 3 February 2024
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