Beaches in Kailua Kona – Are They Lava Rock or White Sand?

 Beaches In Kailua Kona Hawaii

Aloha I am Stephen Proski with Real Estate Kailua Kona and Compass Hawaii welcome to our website where we talk about Kailua Kona Hawaii. As a real estate Broker, I’ve been assisting my clients for more than 25 years successfully buy and sell all types of real estate, from condos, luxury homes, investment properties and more.   

The question is, are the beaches in Kailua Kona lava rock or white sand?   Well, that is a great question that I get all the time from perspective clients and visitors. In my video Paradise in Hawaii, I discuss the 3 types of beaches we have.  Black sand, green sand and white sand beaches.


At the very south of Kailua Kona is Kahalu’u Beach Park.   This is a wonderful black sand beach ideal for snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding and also beginner surfers.   This small protected inlet reef is easily accessible and provides a ton of wonderful tropical fish and turtles to enjoy. Also available across from the beach is the surfing school where you can get lessons if you are a beginner.     Water socks are suggested since entering the water you walk across some lava rocks, but once you get 10 ft off shore the bottom is sandy.



Laaloa Beach Park, aka Magic Sands Beach is next on my list and it is a favorite hangout for visitors and locals alike.    This small white sand beach is about 5 minutes south of Kona town and you might be wondering why is it called Magic Sands Beach?   Well with our everchanging ocean currents the sandy portion of the beach disappears in the spring and summer and exposes the lava rock below.  The ocean currents bring back the sandy beach area in the fall and winter months and that is why it got the name Magic Sands.   Food is available at the Magic Sands café next to the beach and across from the street is a friendly shaved ice truck Kat’s Kau Kau to cool you down after a long.


This beach is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding.



Most beaches in and around Kona are not dog friendly and there is a very cool beach that is perfect if you have dogs that love the water.  The Honokohau Harbor Dog Beach.  There is no sign for this beach.   You will need to park at the far end of the Harbor by the Kona Honu Divers sign, walk about 150 yards towards to ocean.  After you cross a few lava rock outcroppings, boom you are at the beach. This small inlet of calm white sand and warm ocean water awaits. It’s a gathering place for people here who like taking their dogs to the ocean that doesn’t have loads of people   There are no life guards at this beach and you are not going to find any crowds here.  Besides your dogs loving this spot, it is great for swimming and divers like this place as well for its easy access to the ocean.


Next on my list of favorite beaches in Kailua Kona is Kohanaiki Beach Park. This beach is 7 minutes north of Kailua Kona and is also a local favorite beach to hang out, barbeque, gather and enjoy the sunsets. Overnight camping is available with a permit.  This not the best beach for swimming, but has several sandy areas.  It’s a great beach for surfers and the beach area expands to about a ½ long.  It is a great beach to people watch and enjoy and not many visitors know about this one.


Kekaha Kai State Park is another great sandy beach is about 10 minutes north of the airport.  You need to get here early to find a good parking spot.  Ideal for swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarders, this beach does attract a good number of visitors and locals because there are some fantastic hiking trails along this beach, plus if you are adventurous, you can explore some additional white sand beaches if you head north along the coast.


If you want a white sandy beach with calm waters and are willing to drive 30 minutes, then I recommend heading to   Anaeho omalu Bay Beach aka A Bay.   This beach is located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort community and I love taking visitors to this beach.   The waters are calm most of the time, and it is ideal for swimming, paddle boarding, snorkeling and from time to time you will see Kite surfers at this beach.  This is one of the rare beaches where you can find a restaurant right on the beach.  Lava Lava Restaurant is a place I go frequently and enjoy the food and musical entertainment in the evening.


Yes there are other great beaches one can visit.  Our ocean is free to use by everyone so from time to time I will go to some of our world class resorts like Mauna Kea, Mauna Lana and Hulualai and spend the day at their beaches.   Yes, you can get into those areas for Free.

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My all time favorite beach here on the Big Island is the famous Hapuna State Park Beach.   Over a half mile long and nothing but soft white sand to enjoy.    The beach get tons of visitors and there is plenty of parking.   Swimming, boogie boarding and snorkeling are ideal at this beach.  You will find locals and visitors alike and plenty of families enjoying this slice of paradise to have fun in the sun.


Thank you for watching this video on beaches in Kailua Kona and don’t forget your sun screen.  If you want to know more about Kailua Kona Please hit the subscribe and like button below and leave me a comment.  Mahalo

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