Most beaches in Kona town are rocky with waves breaking over sharp coral reefs. These beaches are truly majestic and provide the perfect opportunity for offshore activities such as snorkeling or surfing just footsteps away from our house.  This guide covers only the nearby beaches within 10 minutes.  If you are looking for a picturesque white sand beaches, check out the Kohala Coast, which is a 30-60 minute drive away.  

Feel free to utilize any of our beach gear (snorkeling, stand up paddleboard, surfboards, cooler, etc) located on the gravel outside of the house.  Please rinse any equipment with the nearby hose after using it in the ocean.  Salt wreaks havoc!

Heeia Beach

* Rocky beach

* Very private, never crowded

* Generally very calm in the summer - great for floating, snorkeling, and stand up paddleboarding

Local Tip: Walk along the shoreline heading to the north side of the bay.  Near the end of the bay, there is a small walkway that leads up the rocks towards the condo complex.  Head up these rocks, and follow the pathway along the front of the condo complex.  You can follow this trail for a good 20 minutes, crossing over the golf course, until you reach another secluded beach.  This hike offers unforgettable sunsets.

Getting There: Google Maps 

2 minute walk away! Exit the house, turn right until you reach Manukai Street. Turn left and walk pass two houses until you see a small paved pathway.  Pathway leads to the beach

Keauhou Bay

Kona's 2nd and less busy boat harbour.  Manta ray, and a few fishing charters leave directly from this harbor.  Talk about convenience!

* Not the prettiest beach area, but a fun place to get wet, kayak, or stand up paddleboard.

* Very calm and protected

* Volleyball courts

Local Tip: Cut across the boat ramp, and walk to the nearby Outrigger hotel to explore the beautiful hotel grounds (shoreline is open to the public)

Getting There: Google Maps 

5 minute walk away.  Exit the house, turn right until you reach Manukai Street. Turn right and walk until the road ends at Kamehameha II road.  Turn right, and walk down until you hit the Bay.

Kahalu’u Beach

Kona's largest and most visited beach

* Very popular with tourists

* Safe, well protected from waves

* Lifeguards on duty

* Great snorkeling - see turtles, coral, and many colorful fish

Local Tip: Learn how to surf here - this is the only beach in Kona that offers rentals and lessons

Getting There: Google Maps

25 minute walk away (1 mile), or a 2 minute drive along Alii Drive

Magic Sands Beach

The only white sand beach in Kona

* Very, very popular with both tourists and locals

* Has shorebreak, especially dangerous in the winter

* Bodyboarders paradise (not beginner friendly)

* Lifeguards on duty

* Volleyball courts

Local Tip: Book a brunch or have a drink at Magic's Beach Grill!

Getting There: Google Maps 

7 minute drive along Alii drive