King Kam beach in downtown Kona is a good place to take a quick dip in between activities. You can find decent snorkeling on the other side of the pier White Sands Beach Park: Also know as Magic Sands because the sand disappears temporarily from the beach with rough surf.
There is a good shore break for surfers here, and a lifeguard is always on duty. Showers, a bathroom, and volleyball net are present. Dark-gray sandy beach with a reef just offshore and a very good place for snorkeling. Parking, showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are present, as well as some shade. This is one of our 3 favorite snorkeling spots on the Big Island. There is no sandy beach, but this is a very popular destination for snorkeling and kayaking.
Spinner dolphins often visit the bay. You can visit the monument erected in honor of Captain Cook via a steep trail or with a kayak over the water also. A permit is required for kayaking. More information about permits and snorkeling at Captain Cook. This is the historical site of one of the last Hawaiian fishing villages. They color of the beach is gray and it is made out of lava and coral.
It is possible to camp overnight. Restrooms, picnic tables, and showers are available at the park. Water and Beach Safety in Hawaii Take care in and around the water. As peaceful and inviting as the ocean may look — and often is, it also commands respect. Strong, hidden currents can overpower even the most seasoned swimmers. Avoid walking on coral as it may cut your feet, as well as damage the coral.
Sea urchins also live in crevices between rocks and coral. Never turn your back to the ocean, and always follow posted signs. More practical tips are: The Hawaiian sun can be very strong! Be sure to apply sunscreen generously and often to prevent a heavy sunburn, Wear a shirt if you go out snorkeling.
Even though the crime rate in Hawaii is low visitors should be as cautious as they would be at any other destination. Do not lock valuables in your vehicle. If you must, pack items out of sight before parking. Please make sure to clean up after yourself.
The beach in Pololu valley is well-suited for a rewarding rest after you hike down into the valley. This hike, by the way, is one of our favorite 5 short hikes of the Big Island. Things to do on the beach Beaches on the Big Island are not as crowded as they are on the other Islands. Especially if you go to the more remote beaches during weekdays it is possible that you find the beach all to yourself. This also means that some beaches have very basic facilities.
Be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen. Going to the beach offers many methods of recreation. Take your snorkel gear and you can spend hours under water swimming between fish in every color of the rainbow. If you like playing in the waves, why not go body surfing or take along a bodyboard, SUP board or surfboard? You will never have to get bored on the beach — even if you travel in a big group! If you are not the sun worshiper your travel companion is, bring a book, good food and drinks, snorkel gear, or whatever you enjoy doing, and do your thing.
Let me reiterate those last two important words: The waters around the big island are teaming with beautiful life, make sure not to miss it!
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