Pick a Beach

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

White-, black- and even green-sand beaches abound along the Big Is­land’s 266-mile coast­line. Check out some of the most pop­u­lar spots be­low: Kauna‘oa Beach at the Mauna Kea Beach Ho­tel Ha­puna Beach, pop­u­lar for walking and body board­ing Anaeho‘omalu Beach, known as “A-Bay,” great for wind­surf­ing and kitesurf­ing Ka‘up­ulehu Beach at the Four Sea­sons Re­sort White Sands Beach Park, near the Keauhou Re­sort, also known as “Magic Sands” be­cause the beach can quickly dis­ap­pear dur­ing high-surf win­ter months, only to re­turn in the spring Ka­halu‘u Beach Park, Kona’s most pop­u­lar snor­kel­ing beach Pu­nalu‘u Beach Park, a well-known black-sand beach Macken­zie State Park in Pa­hoa, where there’s a lava­lined pool heated to 95 de­grees Fahren­heit by a vol­canic stream nearby Co­conut Is­land Park, near the Hilo Hawai­ian Ho­tel, a lo­cal fa­vorite for fish­ing and swim­ming Lau­pa­hoe­hoe Point Park, cre­ated by a lava flow from Mauna Kea, it has a large grassy area great for camp­ing Waipi‘o Val­ley’s Black Sand Beach, ac­ces­si­ble only with four-wheel drive or on foot from the over­look Re­mem­ber: Water con­di­tions at Big Is­land beaches can be tricky and un­pre­dictable. Whether swim­ming or surf­ing, fol­low th­ese ba­sic aquatic rules: • Watch the ocean for at least 20 min­utes be­fore en­ter­ing; • Take cau­tion if you no­tice water mov­ing rapidly or

swirling, or if you see waves break­ing far off­shore; • Never swim or snorkel alone; • Al­ways su­per­vise chil­dren; • Strong cur­rents near shore are the most fre­quent and dan­ger­ous haz­ards. Ar­eas near river mouths are par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous; • Obey warn­ing signs. If life­guards are un­avail­able, ask

other beachgoers about po­ten­tial haz­ards; • Lo­cate the life­guard sta­tion, emer­gency phone or res­cue surf­board when you ar­rive at a beach, and never turn your back to the ocean.

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