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Waialea Beach

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Address: Old Puako Rd, Between Hapuna and Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740

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Nice little white sand beach

A cool "pocket" beach park on Kona and one of the areas where they have alot of white sand versus the black lava along most of the Kona side shore.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tony H
Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A cool "pocket" beach park on Kona and one of the areas where they have alot of white sand versus the black lava along most of the Kona side shore.

1 Thank Tony H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the beach lots of good entry into the water for kids. Decent snorkeling just an overall fun beach. Lots of shady spots to get out of the sun

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

This is actually part of the Hapuna Beach park. It had a lovely sand beach, plenty of shade, and the best snorkeling that we experienced. (Our adult children said the Place of Refuge had better snorkeling, but it required walking over rocks to get to it, and they thought I'd have trouble with that part.)

3 Thank VeeLee4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Trees literally right down on the shore line providing best mix of sun and shade. Crystal clear water however to get to where the fish and turtles hang out need to be confident and sure of yourself in the water, will need to go a little ways out and also around another cove to really see the wildlife, take a... More 

1 Thank Ronnie K
Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

It is worth visitors having to pay $5 for parking- that money helps maintain the showers and bathrooms, etc. My family favorite because of the shade trees- be careful to not get kiawe tree thorn in your feet- very common and not deadly. Great snorkel beach, picnic tables available, occasional wedding takes place here. It our little get away and... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We came here to snorkel exclusively. I thought the entrance was a bit out of my comfort zone, but my husband went out. He said there were lots of fish but a bit murky with lots of debris from the shoreline trees. Epic picture ops for shoreline lava rocks and crashing waves. Picnic tables are scattered along the shore and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

The shade is close to the beach so you can sit in the shade and relax while you watch your kids have fun. Its also nice to snorkel you'll see a variety of fish. It is a small, quiet beach.

Thank Mary Ann T
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

It's SO beautiful here. Plenty of shade. Wonderful snorkeling. Bathroom and shower facilities. The best days in Hawaii are always spent here.

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

One of the best beaches on the Big Island. Good for swimming, snorkeling, hanging out under the tree shade, exploring the tide pools. Not good for bodyboarding (too few waves, too many rocks). Bonus point - some of the trees have rope swings attached to them, so if you had a dream of singing over the white sand and turquoise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

My partner, two daughters, and I spent two blissful days at this beach. Get there early and grab a spot in the ample shade before the parking lot gets full and other tourists show up. The waves can be high enough for young children to buggy board, but not too high to prevent swimming. My partner and I also snorkeled... More 

Thank Jenn W

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