10 Best Beaches in Hawaii, Big Island! | Plus tips to get to the green sand beach

After many trips to the Big Island, Hawaii from our home on Maui, we found our favorite 10 Big Island beaches. Here are the best beaches on the Big Island, Hawaii plus info on getting to the famous green sand beach.

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10 Best Big Island Beaches (clockwise starting from Kona Airport):
00:00 Introduction
02:03 Manini’owali Beach at Kua Bay
02:41 Kikaua Point Park
03:16 Pau’oa Bay at the Fairmont Orchid
03:33 Hapuna Beach
04:36 Spencer Beach Park
05:40 Pololu Beach, black sand but dangerous for swimming
06:57 Richardson Ocean Park (Hilo)
07:35 Punalu’u black sand beach
08:12 Magic Sands Beach Park (Kailua-Kona)
08:39 Papakōlea green sand beach

CAMERA GEAR (keep it simple for your vacation!):
Underwater camera: GoPro HERO 8
Use your smartphone for video but keep it smooth with a gimbal: OSMO DJI
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Floaty stick:
Floaty cover:
Vlogging camera (but use your phone for a family holiday):

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