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Kahalu'u Beach

Big Island, Hawai'i

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  • Kahalu'u Beach is located at the south end of Ali'i Drive.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • With a lifeguard station, plenty of amenities, a surf break, good snorkeling and a convenient location, Kahalu'u Beach is a busy spot.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Wheelchairs can be rolled out onto the beach.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • There is plenty of good snorkeling in the bay, and you can rent gear on site.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Junk food is available.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Kahalu'u Beach south of Kailua-Kona.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Snorkeling is extremely popular here.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Surfers enjoying the break at the north end of the bay.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Kahalu'u Beach south of Kailua-Kona.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Kahalu'u Beach south of Kailua-Kona.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Parking fills up fast here.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Kahalu'u Beach from the north point near St. Peters Catholic Church.- Kahalu'u Beach
  • Surfers on the break off of Kahalu'u Beach.- Kahalu'u Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to Kailua-Kona. Lifeguards, restrooms, showers. Good snorkeling. Surfing.
Cons: 
Crowds. Litter. Parking challenges. Rocky ocean floor.
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Region:
Big Island, HI
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Located about 5 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Ali'i Drive, Kahalu'u Beach Park is a great option for some quick snorkeling close to town and a good destination for some family beach time. The beach is located in a shallow bay, and the ocean floor here consists of reef and lava rock. While there may be better beaches in and around Kailua-Kona for swimming (such as La'aloa Bay and Kona Beach), the underwater habitat here is robust and worth bringing your snorkeling gear to explore (or you can rent gear on site). The sand is a little coarse, but that doesn't stop plenty of folks from laying out for the day or enjoying a picnic at the tables. Surfers can also find a break near the northern end of the bay just offshore from the endearing St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Amenities include showers, restrooms, gear rentals, a snack shack, picnic tables, and the watchful eyes of lifeguards. This beach does get crowded, of course, and there is limited beach space, so mornings are best if you are arriving with a larger party. 

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