Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, Puako

4.8
#1 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Must see · Beach · State Park
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Commonly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the country, Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area features everything you could hope for in a beach paradise. Soft, white sand is perfect for sunbathing, long strolls by the shore, or for kids to dig in and play. Enjoy swimming and bodysurfing in the crystal-clear water, or admire the view of the water while hiking the coastal trail. Bring an umbrella, or rent one along with other beach equipment. All the facilities you'll need, including parking, showers, restrooms, and places to buy snacks, are available and easily accessible. The beach is exposed to the open ocean. Though there are lifeguards, be careful in the water, especially during high surf. Take a look at our Puako trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Very nice beach. Great for swimming and just chilling. Not much to see snorkeling. Water is crystal clear just no fish or shells anywhere.sand is very soft. Place has bathrooms and showers. It is $10....  more
    Very nice beach. Great for swimming and just chilling. Not much to see snorkeling. Water is crystal clear just no fish or shells anywhere.sand is very soft. Place has bathrooms and showers. It is $10....  more »
  • Simply beautiful and a must visit. We arrived around 12pm on a Monday and parking was not an issue. Bring a beach umbrella if you are able. There are some pavilions and a few shaded areas but they... 
    Simply beautiful and a must visit. We arrived around 12pm on a Monday and parking was not an issue. Bring a beach umbrella if you are able. There are some pavilions and a few shaded areas but they...  more »
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  • This is a world class beach. Just experienced a perfect afternoon here today. The sun was bright but there was a cool breeze. Granddaughters played happily in the ocean and the sand. Took a number of cell phone photos because I wasn't sure how they would come out in such a bright and contrasty situation. Galaxy S22 Ultra performed well.
  • The best beach to swim in. This is my favorite place to swim in the big island. Pristine waters, clean sand, and quality crowds make this a nice beach. The water is amazing to swim as well as to board surf and body surf. I have had the best time here. You can spot gorgeous fishes underwater with your swimming goggles. Writing all this is making me yearn for a swim here. There is a fee for parking and entry. The best part is the big shower here. I love using that after my swim in the ocean. I love the pressure and feels like you can hose an elephant with it. Love the feeling. Not to mention the stunning view of sunsets in the evening. And a night swim with shooting stars serenading the hawaiin night sky above is just straight out of fairy tales.

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