Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Beach, Surf Spot, and Gym / Fitness Center
  • hooeyspewer ..
    "Nice waves for boogie boarders and body surfers."(2 Tips)
    "Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)"(13 Tips)
    Sergio C.
    "Its also a great place for snorkeling on a white sandy beach."(11 Tips)
    Mark V.
    "15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !"(6 Tips)
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  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FullerMarch 22, 2014
    Postcard perfect Sandy bottom beach, not common on the big island. Don't expect to see much for snorkeling, but we did have a sea turtle swim through our legs! Get here early as it's a popular spot!
  • Justin D.
    Justin DeanAugust 30, 2014
    White sand, clear and teal watered beach, with water so soft and comfortable you'll spend more time in than out. Check out the cave behind the southern lava rock face. You can wade to it in the water.
  • hooeyspewer ..
    hooeyspewer .August 16, 2014
    Gorgeous white sanded beach. Nice waves for boogie boarders and body surfers. Bring a lot of sunscreen and an umbrella - no shade on the beach. There are also picnic areas above the beach.
  • Alec M.
    Alec MollenhauerAugust 9, 2013
    Surprisingly good snorkeling around the rocks in the middle-left of the beach, saw many large reef fish, Sea urchins, and even an eel. Water depth gets down to 12 feet or so at the far side.
  • Wade D.
    Wade DorrellMarch 9, 2013
    There's a cool cove at N end of beach: walk N toward the hotel, then W along the trail at hotel lawn edge. Look down. There it is! Swim N just outside the cove for relatively neat & easy snorkeling.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanFebruary 9, 2015
    Good sand beaches, but no real shade. Spencer beach is better and more comfortable. Body surfing and rip tides are the only two reasons to go to this beach.
  • Sergio C.
    Sergio CordovaDecember 13, 2015
    If you can catch the sunset here, do it. Its also a great place for snorkeling on a white sandy beach.
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangSeptember 21, 2014
    Pretty white sand beach with shaded picnic table areas, food, and rentals a bit higher up. Saw some sea turtles!
  • Latanya P.
    Latanya PrestonSeptember 12, 2015
    Great beach for swimming and the sand is soft like powder. Finding shade can be a challenge though. Bring a beach umbrella or tent.
  • TJ M.
    TJ MitchellAugust 11, 2012
    Best beach I've ever been to. Sea turtles, boogie boarding, or just laying out make for a great afternoon. Don't forget your umbrella! There's no shade anywhere.
  • Matt T.
    Matt Ta-MinJune 3, 2015
    Amazing white sand beach. Lovely shallow shelving beach and clear but wavey water. Parking lot is close, costs $5. Boards can be hired.
  • K d.
    K darJanuary 2
    Big white sand beach with big waves for boarding. However high incidence of spinal injuries because of high waves breaking close to shore. Food and rentals available@
  • Christine C.
    Christine ClancyMay 7, 2013
    They do charge $5 for parking now but you can see, improvements have been made. Maybe it keeps the riff raff out. And yes, of course, THE best beach on the island!
  • Joe S.
    Joe StainbrookOctober 11, 2014
    This is a gorgeous, huge, beautiful white-sand beach! Visitors pay $5 (good all day), but it's worth it!
  • Jill S.
    Jill SommerMay 30, 2012
    There is a handicap access road on the left of the entrance. Very helpful for dropping off handicapable people who forgot their handicap placards.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MarieApril 19, 2013
    Amazing! White sand. Gorgeous water. And even though it is a popular spot, it's pretty big so it's not crowded.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldnerDecember 6, 2015
    Great snorkeling near the edges of the bay along the rocks. Don't get too close though!
  • Kimberly K.
    Amazing snorkeling near the reef we saw a turtle along with many different types of fish.
  • Kellen D.
    Kellen DeadyJuly 9, 2011
    By far the best beach on Hawaii! Bring a boogie board, the waves are amazing! No shade so bring your own if you need it.
  • Russel C.
    Russel CNovember 20, 2012
    Perfection. Snorkel toward the left and around the rocky point. Swim anywhere. Relax. Enjoy.
  • Michael C.
    Michael ChailleDecember 24, 2011
    Park upper lot always. Side trail takes you right to restrooms and Beach. Stick to the rocks at left if any wind.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanDecember 2, 2014
    Perhaps the best beach in the world. So good they charge for parking. $5
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnApril 6, 2012
    Beautiful beach, but no shade, so bring the sunscreen and keep on applying it if you are a haole like me. Come early to claim a nice spot before the crowds arrive.
  • Sandi B.
    Sandi BaumanDecember 23, 2015
    Beautiful sand, gorgeous colors, attentive lifeguards, plenty of parking.
  • Andrew
    AndrewJuly 6, 2015
    Really nice beach well maintained. Big mix of locals and tourists.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WooAugust 24, 2013
    Come around 4:30 pm, theres less people and the sun isn't too hot. Nice breeze too.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GazdaJuly 11
    Best sand beach with small lava cliff to jump into the ocean
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LeungApril 18
    $5 for parking?! Totally worth it.
    Upvoted Sep 10
  • Ken F.
    Ken FeuchtFebruary 3, 2012
    The perfect beach for fun in the sun and surf - went on a Thursday afternoon and had plenty of room to relax
  • Jason D.
    Jason DazaJanuary 30, 2015
    Wasn't quite white sand, more light brown. Sand was soft. Make sure to come when sun is out, overcast makes it look darker
  • Lisa U.
    Lisa UlandayAugust 27, 2012
    For shade, come early and claim a spot by the rocks and trees.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie McCauleyMay 31, 2014
    Great for families. Pavilions, snack bar, and life guards.
  • Nicky C.
    Nicky CollinsMarch 29, 2011
    Its not the only white sand beach by kona... But you def need an umbrella if youre a malihine or you will leave looking like a lobster
  • Jamie
    JamieOctober 30, 2013
    Best boogie boarding on the island. Sand is amazing!
  • Gwen R.
    Gwen RobertsMay 17, 2014
    Great boogie boarding. No shade anywhere, so use sun block!
  • Annie M.
    Annie MendozaJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hapuna Beach..Rarely anyone after dusk, so its amazing until gates close at 8pm.
  • Lindy R.
    Lindy RiderDecember 9, 2015
    Beautiful ocean, crashing waves, soft white sand.
  • Julio S.
    Julio SierraFebruary 22, 2015
    Beautiful water....,,all shades if blue!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 8, 2014
    Snorkeling on the north end was easier with lighter waves. Just skim further up the shoreline.
  • Suma K.
    Suma KashiSeptember 2, 2010
    The only(?) white sand beach that's close to kona. Spend the day here and get food on your way back to kona at queen's mktplace.
  • Marina B.
    Marina BaliukApril 26, 2013
    Beautiful beach, $5 fee for non-residents
  • Allen B.
    Allen BenzApril 28, 2015
    Nice beach for swimming and surf exercise.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LarsonAugust 26, 2011
    Nice beach! A little crowded but nice waves!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BurkeJune 10, 2012
    If your looking for a nice long white sanded beech, this is it.
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WOctober 11, 2010
    Got blasted with sand by the strong winds! Sit up on the grass if you don't need to exfoliate!!
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 2, 2011
    Best beach going ever!! Definitely some awesome waves out here!!
  • Joe F.
    Joe FoxApril 6, 2012
    If you someplace to relax and enjoy life, this is it.
  • Mark V.
    Mark VelascoJanuary 17, 2014
    15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !
  • Jay P.
    Jay PuteraNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the 2 Best Beaches in the Big Island beside Mauna Kea
  • Darshna
    DarshnaDecember 20, 2011
    Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)
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