Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area

Beach, Surf Spot, and Gym / Fitness Center
  • Jay P.
    "One of the 2 Best Beaches in the Big Island beside Mauna Kea"(4 Tips)
    hooeyspewer ..
    "Gorgeous white sanded beach."(2 Tips)
    Mark V.
    "15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !"(7 Tips)
    Wade D.
    "Swim N just outside the cove for relatively neat & easy snorkeling."(8 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • K d.
    K darJanuary 2, 2016
    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@
  • Russel C.
    Russel CNovember 20, 2012
    Perfection. Snorkel toward the left and around the rocky point. Swim anywhere. Relax. Enjoy.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldnerDecember 6, 2015
    Great snorkeling near the edges of the bay along the rocks. Don't get too close though!
  • 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.
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KinseyJuly 27, 2016
    Amazing snorkeling near the reef we saw a turtle along with many different types of fish.
  • 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.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanDecember 2, 2014
    Perhaps the best beach in the world. So good they charge for parking. $5
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WooAugust 24, 2013
    Come around 4:30 pm, theres less people and the sun isn't too hot. Nice breeze too.
  • Andrew
    AndrewJuly 6, 2015
    Really nice beach well maintained. Big mix of locals and tourists.
  • 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
  • Sandi B.
    Sandi BaumanDecember 23, 2015
    Beautiful sand, gorgeous colors, attentive lifeguards, plenty of parking.
  • 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
  • Lisa U.
    Lisa UlandayAugust 27, 2012
    For shade, come early and claim a spot by the rocks and trees.
  • Ken G.
    Ken GazdaJuly 11, 2016
    Best sand beach with small lava cliff to jump into the ocean
  • Annie M.
    Annie MendozaJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hapuna Beach..Rarely anyone after dusk, so its amazing until gates close at 8pm.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie McCauleyMay 31, 2014
    Great for families. Pavilions, snack bar, and life guards.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LeungApril 18, 2016
    $5 for parking?! Totally worth it.
  • 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
  • Jamie
    JamieOctober 30, 2013
    Best boogie boarding on the island. Sand is amazing!
  • Carl T.
    Carl TydingcoFebruary 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic white sand beach. Go early in the morning to avoid crowds
  • Gwen R.
    Gwen RobertsMay 17, 2014
    Great boogie boarding. No shade anywhere, so use sun block!
  • Heather D.
    Heather DialsNovember 8, 2016
    Gorgeous white sand beach! Great for boogie boarding.
  • 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.
  • Julio S.
    Julio SierraFebruary 22, 2015
    Beautiful water....,,all shades if blue!
  • Marina B.
    Marina BaliukApril 26, 2013
    Beautiful beach, $5 fee for non-residents
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 8, 2014
    Snorkeling on the north end was easier with lighter waves. Just skim further up the shoreline.
  • Lindy R.
    Lindy RiderDecember 9, 2015
    Beautiful ocean, crashing waves, soft white sand.
  • 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!!
  • Allen B.
    Allen BenzApril 28, 2015
    Nice beach for swimming and surf exercise.
  • Joe F.
    Joe FoxApril 6, 2012
    If you someplace to relax and enjoy life, this is it.
  • Ashley
    AshleyMarch 2, 2011
    Best beach going ever!! Definitely some awesome waves out here!!
  • Dee
    DeeDecember 20, 2011
    Ultra soft luxurious white sand beach - best I've been to so far:)
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatDecember 13, 2016
    I think this is the Waikiki of Big Island ☺️☺️
  • Jay P.
    Jay PuteraNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the 2 Best Beaches in the Big Island beside Mauna Kea
  • Mark V.
    Mark VelascoJanuary 17, 2014
    15' waves today, boogie boards are a must have !
  • Paul W.
    Paul WesleyApril 19, 2013
    Best beach on island
  • Mpyr ..
    Mpyr .comApril 20, 2013
    Wear sun protection.
  • Rashelle H.
    Rashelle HibbardDecember 31, 2010
    Awesome fish tacos at the snack bar!
  • Lorena T.
    Lorena TaylorAugust 6, 2013
    Paradise Haven love it
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MaisonneuveMarch 23, 2011
    One of the best beaches on the Big Island
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengOctober 30, 2014
    Sand is soft as salt.
  • Rob L.
    Rob LJuly 30, 2013
    A-Frame Shelters -> http://lvng.me/1e8AuNa
  • Geoffrey B.
    Find the cave on the way left near the cliffs.
  • Irene
    IreneJuly 30, 2011
    Beautiful white sand beach!
  • natassia
    natassiaJune 2, 2010
    Ultimate Hawaiian beach. Just perfect!
  • Jacob D.
    Jacob DeLuzSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I work here lol...
  • Milla M.
    Milla MooseMay 31, 2010
    It was Africa hot today. I got color!
  • Whitney H.
    Whitney HunterMarch 1, 2010
    Bring a boogie board.
  • Aprendi
    AprendiNovember 17, 2011
    Rigo S., uno de nuestros viajeros, te aconseja: "¡Esta es la mejor playa en Hawaii!" ¡No te olvides tu plancha de surf y cuéntanos tu experiencia con las olas en Aprendí! Read more
  • Алексей Г.
    Хороший пляж для бодидрага. Песок, Большие волны, нет камней в зоне купания. Вход 5$. Есть парковка душ и раздевалки с туалетом.
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