Kuʻualiʻi & Kahapapa Fishponds
This picture perfect fine sand beach is a great place to spend nearly any day. Before you reach the 200 miles wide beach area, you must pay a $5 parking/use fee (free for residents). But it’s well worth the cost, with golden sand, often calm and swimmable waters with gorgeous views. What beach has nearly a paved walkway down the the sand with plenty of paved parking, BBQ, Picnic tables, concession stand, toilets and more. You’ll find when suft cooperates that boogie boarding can be a blast here, usually closer to the left side of the beach near the rocks (but not too close!). You’ll find plenty of room for the crowds at this beach, but typically it’s not too busy, especially on weekdays. Try snorkeling near the rocky outcropping only when conditions allow. If you go to far you may just end up at 69s beach, otherwise known as Waialea Beach. This beach also has a large gathering area that seems to host large groups or gatherings, most likely by reservation only.
It’s fairly hard to miss, but when driving north on HWY 19, past Mauna Lani, you’ll see a sign near mile marker 69. From Kona, it’s about 30 miles, or a 45 minute drive.
This beach is generally calm, but is not without danger. At times surf can be fierce and certainly not safe for swimming or snorkeling. You may find the calmest water in the morning, as well as closer the rock outcropping (left most side of beach). The beach does have strong currents, especially when the wind picks up.