I recently visited the Big Island in Hawaii, and when other travelers told me they were “island hopping”, I figured I’d mistake devoting 11 whole days to just one island. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Public transport is sporadic and unreliable (although very cheap), so we rented a car for a few days, and took a road trip around the big island. This allowed us to spend some time exploring the stunning beaches on this diverse island. Here are (what I consider) the best beaches on the Big Island:
Magic Sands Beach (La’aloa Beach Park):
Magic Sands Beach is small, but it’s close to Kailua-Konaand all the big hotels and resorts. For this reason it’s often crowded, but the super-fine sand makes it well worth a visit. Go in the morning, since in summer the clouds tend to roll in mid-afternoon and it often gets hit by rain.
While we were swimming here, a sea turtle came close enough for me to touch. I had a minor freak out (one of my friends has passed her shark fear to me and now I’m not great in the sea), and it was huge! As soon as I wanted to get a better look, the poor turtle took off, probably scared by my shriek of terror. Don’t touch the turtles if you’re lucky enough to get close though, since the oils on our skin can harm them.
Green Sand Beach (Papakōlea Beach)
One of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited, this beach is well worth a visit. The sand is a more earthy olive-green, and not the grass-green that you may expect, but the view is simply breathtaking.