by Steve Lawrence
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.