Fodor's Expert Review Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

The Kohala Coast Beach–Sight Fodor's Choice
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just enough rolling waves to make bodysurfing and body boarding fun. Watch for the undertow; in winter it can be rough. There is excellent snorkeling around the jagged rocks that border the beach on either side, but high surf brings strong currents. Known for awesome sunsets, this is one of the best places on the island to see the "green flash" as the sun dips below a clear horizon. The north end of the beach fronts the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which rents water-sports equipment and has a food concession with shaded picnic tables. There is ample parking, although the lot can fill up by midday and the beach can get crowded on holidays. Lifeguards, on duty during peak hours, cover only the state park section, not areas north of the rocky cliff that juts out near the middle of the beach. Renovations have temporarily closed off portions of the parking lot. Amenities:... READ MORE

One of Hawaii's finest beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection. The turquoise water is calm in summer with just enough rolling waves to make bodysurfing and body boarding fun. Watch for the undertow; in winter it can be rough. There is excellent snorkeling around the jagged rocks that border the beach on either side, but high surf brings strong currents. Known for awesome sunsets, this is one of the best places on the island to see the "green flash" as the sun dips below a clear horizon. The north end of the beach fronts the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which rents water-sports equipment and has a food concession with shaded picnic tables. There is ample parking, although the lot can fill up by midday and the beach can get crowded on holidays. Lifeguards, on duty during peak hours, cover only the state park section, not areas north of the rocky cliff that juts out near the middle of the beach. Renovations have temporarily closed off portions of the parking lot. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

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Hwy. 19
Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii  96743, USA

808-961–9544

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Rate Includes: $5 per vehicle

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