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The Best Beaches and Snorkeling on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii is absolutely amazing with white sand, black sand, and green sand beaches. You can explore the best beaches and snorkeling on the island starting from the west side and working your way to the south side. Beyond beaches, you can also visit the Volcano. The Big Island has a lot to offer. Explore below:

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My Top 30 Best Beaches and Snorkeling Spots on the Big Island of Hawaii

We spent 8 days on the Big Island of Hawaii and these are our top 30 best beaches and snorkeling spots.

This list should help you maximize your time on the Big Island of Hawaii if you are staying on the west side by Kailua-Kona.

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The Best Beaches and Snorkeling on the West side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

I have posted each beach and snorkeling destination in order going from the north to the south on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This will allow you to hit these beaches and snorkeling spots in order and to maximize your timeon the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. I've also included where we stayed since it was centrally located. Enjoy exploring below:


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Kapa'a Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Mahukona Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Spencer Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Mau'umae Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Mauna Kea Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Hapuna Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Waialea Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Puako Bay,

Big Island of Hawaii

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49 Black Sand Beach/Honoka'ope Bay Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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A-Bay Beach/Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kiholo State Park Reserve,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kukio Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay),

Big Island of Hawaii

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Makalawena Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Mahai'ula Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kekaha Kai State Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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O'oma Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kohanaiki Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Pine Trees Surfing Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kona Mansions - Building A #301,

Kailua Kona, Hawaii

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Magic Sands Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Kahalu'u Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Captain Cook Monument,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Two Step Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Ho'okena Beach Park,

Big Island of Hawaii

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Pebbles Beach,

Big Island of Hawaii

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The Best Beaches, Cliffs and Volcano on the South Side of The Big Island of Hawaii

I have posted each location in order from west to east on the south side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This will allow you to hit these beaches, Cliffs and Volcano in order, which will maximize your time on the south side of the Big Island of Hawaii!


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South Point Cliff Dive

South Side of  The Big Island of Hawaii

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Papakolea Green Sand Beach

South Side of  The Big Island of Hawaii

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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

South Side of  The Big Island of Hawaii

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

South Side of  The Big Island of Hawaii

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The East Side of the Big Island of Hawaii

We only made it to the southeast side of the Big Island of Hawaii. We definitely need to make another trip back to explore Hilo and the East side. With that said, we did get to visit two black sand beaches and a waterfall on the east side.


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Kehena Black Sand Beach

East Side of The Big Island of Hawaii

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Pohoiki Black Sand Beach

East Side of The Big Island of Hawaii

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Rainbow Falls Overlook

East Side of The Big Island of Hawaii

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