Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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Alula Beach is a popular family-friendly sandy beach within the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park just north of Kona.

The beach is shallow and protected by a lava cove, making it ideal for families with children. In addition, there is a small sheltered cove at the beach that is good for going snorkeling and easing into the deeper waters. Divers and snorkelers will often use the beach as a starting point to head out into the deeper waters.

On and around the beach are several significant historical structures, such as Pu'uoina Heiau, which dominates the beach's southern side. To the north is a stretch of shallow rock shelf, where sea turtles will frequently come to feed. As the stone shelf is right next to the sand, visitors may be able to walk along the shore and get within close view of the turtles.

The sandy area is great for laying out. Though owing to its beauty and ease to access, Alula Beach does have a tendency to get pretty crowded. If you're looking to get away from the crowds a bit, Honokohau Beach lies a bit of a walk to the north.

The nearest parking area is the central gravel parking lot at the end of Kealakehe Parkway, and then walking a short distance to the beach.

As Alula Beach lies within the national historic park, there are no fees to visit the beach and open hours are 8:30am-4:30pm daily. There are outhouses at the south end of the beach.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Family-friendly. Frequented by sea turtles.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed


Snorkeling / SCUBA
Native artifacts
Family friendly
Historically significant



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