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

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20 comments

  1. I made it to a couple of them but missed out on the green sand beach this time around. It's ok though more motivation to come back sooner!

  2. love the videos you guys post! Cant thank you enough as I have used your vids to help plan my trip to Maui this August. question about the beaches on Maui: I plan on bringing a sun canopy on the beach, not sure if these are uncommon/common or even legal at the beaches there? any info would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Two of my favorites that should have made the list is Mauna Kea beach and Beach 69. Waikoloa beach is good too.

  4. Surprised Mauna Kea Beach didn't make it onto the list! It's the less crowded Hapuna but with less parking to go along with that.

  5. Thank-you for yet another excellent video! I always thought the Big Island would be the last on my list of islands to travel to, but this video may have bumped it up. Those beaches looked amazing, and the lack of Oahu crowds is very appealing to me. I really thought that intro showing you running into the water at the different colour beaches was nicely done!

  6. I love the magic sand beach I took my kids they're ready to love it but my all-time favorite would be the green Beach

  7. Hey! This is a great video sharing some really wonderful beaches and practical info about them. As a fellow traveler, I'd like to ask you to consider doing a little extra homework so you can ensure you are in fact saying the beach names properly instead of having to say "I hope I'm saying that right." It's a small way to pay respects to the native peoples of the land and their language. Appreciate your consideration as well as all the travel info.

  8. Looking into the 4 seasons at Wailea In October. Do you think a rental car is necessary? Or is there enough around the resort to stay busy for a 5 night trip? Thanks!

  9. We would like to visit Hawaii this year but are not so sure if we should go or wait until next year when things are little more calm. Please reply and share your opinion. Thank you so much🙏

  10. After living on Hawaii for 2 years and exploring so many beaches, Makalawena is by far me and my wife's favorite beach. A little bit of a trek in (and over old lava fields, so not the easiest terrain) but so worth it. We camped nearby once (in a legal area- no camping is allowed on the beach itself) and had the beach all to ourselves for a few hours the next morning before hikers started trickling in. It was magical. Check it out!
    Other favorites are Waialea beach (Beach 69)- love all the shade and little nooks- and Kaunaʻoa Beach (Mauna Kea Beach), though parking is very limited there.

  11. I left my mom's ashes at green sand beach just two days ago. We're on the big island currently. Love the channel.

  12. Great video, i'm planning a trip to the big island, do y'all prefer staying north of Kona airport or south are there any particular benefits to either?

  13. Just got back from 2 weeks in Hawaii 5 days on the big island, your itineraries were wicked helpful I purchased all 3! The jet lag is killer right now though with the 6 hour difference!

  14. No problem guy’s this kind of stuff always happens, another great job as alway 👍🇨🇦😎❤️. Keep
    up the good work

  15. So many good ones on the big island! Makalawena is super hard to get to, but is literally my favorite beach of all time – absolutely stunning place and super quiet as well

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