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Best Big Island Beaches – Beach & Snorkel Guide

April 5, 2014

by Steve Lawrence

White Sands Beach is one of the only places in Kona with white sand.Source

Best Big Island Beaches - White Sands Beach Park

Drive four miles south of Kona along Ali’i Drive, which is the coastal road leading south of Kona, and you’ll stumble across White Sands Beach, nestled in a little cove area south of Kamoa Point. It is one of the only places in Kona with white sand. The water is a beautiful turquoise blue. It is a great place to play in the summer. Excellent snorkeling is guaranteed on the reef beds to the north or the south of the beach when the waters are calm. There are lots of tide pools to explore along the beach. White Sands Beach becomes a favorite body boarding spot in the winter. Be aware that when the waves are big this beach becomes very dangerous. There is a lifeguard so ask questions if you have any doubts.

Sometimes there may be more rocks than sand because in the wintertime the waves remove all the sand. When the waves subside the sand has a chance to return, earning this little beach the nickname “disappearing beach”. This also makes the sand that is there soft and powdery. It will be the largest portion of sandy beach in the Kona area so it can get crowded. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables in the shade, and there is a volleyball net as well. Parking is right off of the highway or drive to the south end of the park where there is off street parking with access to a rocky cove. Just south of this small cove snorkeling and scuba diving is superb. There are underwater caves to discover and sometimes you may find dolphins here.

Kua Beach is a sliver of shimmering white sand kissed by crystal clear soft blue waters.Source

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Best Oahu Beaches – Beach & Snorkel Guide

April 4, 2014

by Steve Lawrence

Kawela Bay Beach is just west of Kahuku Point, the most northern tip of OahuSource

Best Oahu Beaches - Kawela or Turtle Bay Beach

Kawela Bay is just west of Kahuku Point, the most northern tip of Oahu is Kawela Bay. Inside the bay is a quiet secluded beach that offers a great getaway, or a private walk along the beach. This is a very secluded beach, a good place to get away from the crowd at surrounding beaches. It is a narrow sliver of sand backed with ironwood trees and coconut palms that provide plenty of shade and concealment from would be sightseers on the Hwy above. The water is not always the best for Oahu snorkeling.  It has a rocky ocean bottom but the waters tend to get murky. However, swimming here can be quite enjoyable.

The mouth of the bay has a shape and position that provides an extremely sheltered lagoon. There are never any currents or surge from the waves so the water remains very calm. There are lots of “honu” or sea turtle sightings, so much so that this beach is often mistaken for the more renowned “turtle beach” at Laniakea Beach, closer to Haleiwa. Outside of the bay are some expert surf sites and the small islet of Kukaimanini. There are no facilities and no lifeguards. Access is found across the street from the Kahuku Land Farms fruit and vegetable stands about one mile west of the famous Turtle Bay Resort. You can park right off the road and find the trailhead by the fence. It is OK to ignore the “no trespassing” sign just this once.

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Sunset Beach got its name because the area was known for its amazing tropical sunsetsSource

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Best Kauai Beaches – Beach & Snorkeling Guide

April 3, 2014

by Steve Lawrence

Anini Beach Park is a beautiful, easily accessible park, with a large grassy area embracing the Pacific Ocean. Source

Best Kauai Beaches – Anini Beach

On Kuhio Hwy just as you pass Kalihiwai Bay is the road to Anini Beach Park. To find it take Kalihiwai road towards the ocean about a half-mile after you cross over the Kalihiwai Stream. A quarter mile down this road and you’ll see the sign to Anini Beach advising you to veer left. If you can resist the temptation to stop at all the appealing sites along the way you’ll reach Anini Beach Park after another mile and a half. You can’t miss this beautiful easily accessible park, with a large grassy area embracing the Pacific Ocean.

Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and barbeque grills. It has a protected swimming lagoon due to an extensive off shore reef formation. It’s usually calm when waves are too big or conditions are rough elsewhere. This beach is a popular spot for Snorkeling when conditions cooperate. If it’s a little too windy you might take advantage of a windsurf lesson. On the west end of the Beach Park is the treasured Anini Beach, a more secluded section that is usually deserted.

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Hanalei Bay Beach Park is a premiere beach location nestled in center of Hanalei Bay in North Kauai.Source

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Best Maui Beaches – Beach & Snorkeling Guide

April 2, 2014

by Steve Lawrence

At Kam Beaches on Maui there are lifeguards, showers, and restroom facilities.Source

 Best Maui Beaches - Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, & III

Kamaole 1 or, “Kam 1” is a large beach with golden sand located in central Kihei and is one of the most favored beaches on this side. Situated directly across from convenience stores and other shops you’ll have everything you need for fun in the sun. It is a great location for soaking up the rays. There are lifeguards, showers, and restroom facilities. The sandbar at the ocean’s edge remains shallow for several feet making it safe for most beachgoers.

Charley Young Beach is the section on the northern end of Kam 1 and is worth noting as its own. Tall ironwood trees provide shade and its high rock walls make it the best area if you want shelter from the wind. You might even find your own private cove. Charley Young Beach and “Kam 1” are very popular as they are located in the heart of Kihei. With awesome views of Molokini Crater, Kahoolawe, Lana’i, and the West Maui Mountains the sunsets from this beach have to be some of the best in the world.

The next beach traveling south on South Kihei Road is Kamaole 2, or “Kam 2”and is mostly enjoyed by the visitors staying in the condominiums across the street. It is another wide white sandy beach with calm waters. This beach is perfect for launching your kayak or trying out the newest sport of stand up paddling. Conveniently located across from shops and restaurants, you’ll never be left without all the necessities.

Heading further into south Kihei you’ll find Kamaole 3, or “Kam 3”. It is the last of three Kihei beaches you’ll find with soft white sand and warm calm water, except during Kona wind episodes or large summer swells. Kam 3 is a beach park with a large sprawling area of green grass. There’s more grass than sand here making it nice for activities like barbeques, flying kites, and other social events. Kam 3 has a playground area for kids and restroom facilities. It is one of the most popular places to watch the sunset.

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Keawakapu Beach on Maui is a favorite beach for visitors and locals.Source

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