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Things to do in Waialea Beach

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“Long stretch of white sand beach, complete with bathrooms and showers. Lifeguards on site, parking and pavilions available.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Home of Hawaii's largest white sand beaches. With the finest white sand, Hapuna beach on the Big Island is consistently voted among the "best beaches of the world". Beach rentals available on the beach. The idyllic beach when you think of Hawaii.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“WAIALEA (BEACH 69) – Officially a part of the Hapuna Beach State Recreational Area, Waialea Bay is the smaller sister of striking Hapuna beach separated by Kanekanaka Point, but she is nevertheless not less popular. Like less famous sisters, this beach has been suffering from an identity crisis over the years. It has been referred to by many names other than it's official name over the years. Names like Wailea (like the Maui resort) 69 like the mile marker at the intersection and others have been attached to this attractive beach that has been a local alternative o the more resorty and touristy Hapuna for years. AT A GLANCE Highlights: Narrow but lovely white sand shoreline, shaded beach areas and interesting lava rock outcroppings and unique natural features make this beach interesting and intimate. Activities: Boogie boarding, surfing, snorkeling, swimming depending on ocean conditions. Sun bathing, picnics, scuba diving, kayaking, and shoreline hiking trail. Lifeguard: None Warnings: Winter months bring higher surf and stronger rip currents, rough and dangerous conditions. Windy conditions are prevalent in the winter months. Stinging Portuguese man-o-war jelly fish frequent in varying numbers 10 days after the full moon. Do not leave any valuables in your car at anytime. Open daily at 7am. Gates close promptly at 8p. Amenities: Parking lot (nominal fee for non-residents), paved walkways, handicapped parking area, restrooms, picnic tables, trash cans, drinking water, pay phone, showers. Directions: Waialea Beach is located 6.5 miles south of Kawaihae Harbor. From Kona International Airport at Keahole proceed north along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 22.5 miles. Turn left onto Puako Beach Drive, then right on Old Puako Road. The entrance to the parking lot will be on the left. What Waialea lacks in size and facilities to neighboring Hapuna it makes up in intimacy, character and shade. Designated as a State of Hawaii Marine Conservation District, this small beach has been legislated into preservation for generations to come. Beach goers need to know that this means along with taking fish, taking coral, rocks or sand is illegal. In addition, fishing is allowed for consumption purposes and only with a permit. Posted signs with the name of the bay misspelled (!) outline the regulations for public reference. The beach offers a variety of settings for a variety of beach goers. A small section to the north offers lots of sun, gentle sloping shoreline where families with children gather regularly. Those who prefer their beach experience to be quieter and shadier can opt for the southern end of the beach where Kiawe trees shade the beach from the tropical sun. Overall, Waialea beach is the perfect beach for those who prefer a more protected and sheltered setting. This is especially important in the winter months when the larger beaches in the area experience rougher conditions and strong undertows. Take along a picnic lunch and beverages since there are no snack shop available. Address: Along Old Puako Beach Road Kamuela HI 96743”
  • 27 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Beautiful beach with several little coves and lots of shade. It does get crowded so it's better if you get their early.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Beautiful beach with lifeguards, showers, restrooms, picnic tables and bbq grills (bring charcoal) and a cooler.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is one of the prettiest beaches on the Kona Side, but kind of hidden. Take the Hapuna Beach exit off the highway, but turn left before you get to the parking lot for Hapuna. Follow single lane road for about 1/2 mile. This beach is shady, has a couple picnic tables, white sand, and gorgeous water. LESS crowds than Hapuna beach and no entrance fee. Has outdoor shower and clean restrooms. Hapuna is over hyped, NO SHADE, and so crowded.....Plus they make you pay $5 to park there. Skip Hapuna and try Waialea Bay (also known as 69 Beach). Great snorkeling too!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Anywhere along Puako Beach Drive. Best snorkeling and whale watching on the Big Island in warm waters and lots of turtles to swim with.”
  • 5 locals recommend
“The malasadas are basically a local version of a 'Hot Donut' but much better!! its a local favorite and you can't just eat one. So be on vacation and splurge just once on this incredible bakery yum yum !!! The drive will be worth it. ”
  • 1 local recommends
“Offers good swim sites and shade, a few scattered picnic tables. Very lovely beach. Hot showers.”
  • 1 local recommends
“Called 69s by the locals because it's at mile marker 69 one of the prettiest beaches in the area. Great snorkeling and calm water. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“Both beaches are great- the main stretch is great for walks and running and people watching. 69's is awesome for the shade trees that come right up to the water's edge.”
  • 1 local recommends
“Cash Only. A wonderful cafe within the Hapuna Beach Park. Open for lunch only. Try the fish tacos. It is fantastic! Very reasonable prices, considering that the hotel near the North End of the beach charges three times as much for the same food. ”
  • 1 local recommends
“Nestled between all the multi-million dollar homes lining Puako Road, there are little signs that indicate public beach access. If you go early enough, you’ll be able to snag a piece of complete beach privacy to hang out in all day, and, if you’re lucky, a honu (sea turtle) may come and hang out with you just feet away.”
  • 3 locals recommend