Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Beach, Surf Spot, and Gym / Fitness Center
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area, Kamuela, HI 96743, United States
9.3/10

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    Paula G.
    "Best beach on Hawaii for swimming"(2 Tips)
    hooeyspewer ..
    "Nice waves for boogie boarders and body surfers."(2 Tips)
    Darshna
    "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."(10 Tips)
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  • Andrew F.

    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!

    Andrew Fuller · March 22, 2014
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  • Justin D.

    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.

    Justin Dean · August 30, 2014
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  • hooeyspewer ..

    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.

    hooeyspewer . · August 16, 2014
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  • Alec M.

    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.

    Alec Mollenhauer · August 9, 2013
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  • Brian D.

    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.

    Brian Duncan · February 9, 2015
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  • Wade D.

    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.

    Wade Dorrell · March 9, 2013
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  • TJ M.

    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.

    TJ Mitchell · August 11, 2012
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  • Christine C.

    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!

    Christine Clancy · May 7, 2013
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  • Talisa C.

    Pretty white sand beach with shaded picnic table areas, food, and rentals a bit higher up. Saw some sea turtles!

    Talisa Chang · September 21, 2014
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  • K d.

    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@

    K dar · January 2
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  • Sergio C.

    If you can catch the sunset here, do it. Its also a great place for snorkeling on a white sandy beach.

    Sergio Cordova · December 13, 2015
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  • Latanya P.

    Great beach for swimming and the sand is soft like powder. Finding shade can be a challenge though. Bring a beach umbrella or tent.

    Latanya Preston · September 12, 2015
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  • Matt T.

    Amazing white sand beach. Lovely shallow shelving beach and clear but wavey water. Parking lot is close, costs $5. Boards can be hired.

    Matt Ta-Min · June 3, 2015
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  • Jill S.

    There is a handicap access road on the left of the entrance. Very helpful for dropping off handicapable people who forgot their handicap placards.

    Jill Sommer · May 30, 2012
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  • Kellen D.

    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.

    Kellen Deady · July 9, 2011
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  • Nicky C.

    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

    Nicky Collins · March 29, 2011
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  • Suma K.

    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.

    Suma Kashi · September 2, 2010
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  • Joe S.

    This is a gorgeous, huge, beautiful white-sand beach! Visitors pay $5 (good all day), but it's worth it!

    Joe Stainbrook · October 11, 2014
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  • Michael C.

    Park upper lot always. Side trail takes you right to restrooms and Beach. Stick to the rocks at left if any wind.

    Michael Chaille · December 24, 2011
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  • Stephanie M.

    Amazing! White sand. Gorgeous water. And even though it is a popular spot, it's pretty big so it's not crowded.

    Stephanie Marie · April 19, 2013
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  • Paul D.

    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.

    Paul Dunn · April 6, 2012
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  • Jason D.

    Wasn't quite white sand, more light brown. Sand was soft. Make sure to come when sun is out, overcast makes it look darker

    Jason Daza · January 30, 2015
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  • Jonathan G.

    Great snorkeling near the edges of the bay along the rocks. Don't get too close though!

    Jonathan Goldner · December 6, 2015
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  • Russel C.

    Perfection. Snorkel toward the left and around the rocky point. Swim anywhere. Relax. Enjoy.

    Russel C · November 20, 2012
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  • Sandi B.

    Beautiful sand, gorgeous colors, attentive lifeguards, plenty of parking.

    Sandi Bauman · December 23, 2015
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  • Justin S.

    Perhaps the best beach in the world. So good they charge for parking. $5

    Justin Sullivan · December 2, 2014
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  • Andrew

    Really nice beach well maintained. Big mix of locals and tourists.

    Andrew · July 6, 2015
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  • Natalie W.

    Come around 4:30 pm, theres less people and the sun isn't too hot. Nice breeze too.

    Natalie Woo · August 24, 2013
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  • Ken F.

    The perfect beach for fun in the sun and surf - went on a Thursday afternoon and had plenty of room to relax

    Ken Feucht · February 3, 2012
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  • Annie M.

    Hapuna Beach..Rarely anyone after dusk, so its amazing until gates close at 8pm.

    Annie Mendoza · January 26, 2012
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  • Maggie M.

    Great for families. Pavilions, snack bar, and life guards.

    Maggie McCauley · May 31, 2014
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  • Lisa U.

    For shade, come early and claim a spot by the rocks and trees.

    Lisa Ulanday · August 27, 2012
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  • Christine H.

    Snorkeling on the north end was easier with lighter waves. Just skim further up the shoreline.

    Christine Hong · December 8, 2014
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  • Jenn W.

    Got blasted with sand by the strong winds! Sit up on the grass if you don't need to exfoliate!!

    Jenn W · October 11, 2010
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  • Marina B.

    Beautiful beach, $5 fee for non-residents

    Marina Baliuk · April 26, 2013
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  • Kelsey L.

    Nice beach! A little crowded but nice waves!

    Kelsey Larson · August 26, 2011
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  • Ashley

    Best beach going ever!! Definitely some awesome waves out here!!

    Ashley · March 2, 2011
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  • Gwen R.

    Great boogie boarding. No shade anywhere, so use sun block!

    Gwen Roberts · May 17, 2014
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  • Ben B.

    If your looking for a nice long white sanded beech, this is it.

    Ben Burke · June 10, 2012
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  • Jamie

    Best boogie boarding on the island. Sand is amazing!

    Jamie · October 30, 2013
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  • Darshna

    Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)

    Darshna · December 20, 2011
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  • Julio S.

    Beautiful water....,,all shades if blue!

    Julio Sierra · February 22, 2015
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  • Lindy R.

    Beautiful ocean, crashing waves, soft white sand.

    Lindy Rider · December 9, 2015
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  • Joe F.

    If you someplace to relax and enjoy life, this is it.

    Joe Fox · April 6, 2012
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  • Andrew L.

    $5 for parking?! Totally worth it.

    Andrew Leung · 1 week ago
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  • Mark V.

    15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !

    Mark Velasco · January 17, 2014
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  • Allen B.

    Nice beach for swimming and surf exercise.

    Allen Benz · April 28, 2015
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  • Jay P.

    One of the 2 Best Beaches in the Big Island beside Mauna Kea

    Jay Putera · November 30, 2011
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  • Rashelle H.

    Awesome fish tacos at the snack bar!

    Rashelle Hibbard · December 31, 2010
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  • natassia

    Ultimate Hawaiian beach. Just perfect!

    natassia · June 2, 2010
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