Fodor's Expert Review Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area

Mauna Kea and Hapuna Beach Fodor's Choice
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

One of Hawaii's most breathtaking beaches, Hapuna is a ½-mile-long stretch of white perfection, with turquoise water that is calm in summer, so it's good for kids, with just enough rolling waves to make bodysurfing and bodyboarding fun. Watch for the undertow; in winter it can be very 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 island's best places to see the "green flash" as the sun dips below a clear horizon.

Parking is ample, although the lot can fill up by midday and the beach can get crowded on holidays. Plenty of picnic tables overlooking the beach offer shady respite on a hot day. Lifeguards are on duty during peak hours. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

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Hwy. 19 near mile marker 69
Mauna Kea, Hawaii  96743, USA


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Rate Includes: $10 parking fee per vehicle

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