The Big Island is dotted with beautiful beaches of white, black, and even green sand! You are sure to see colorful tropical fish at any beach and sea turtles resting at the quieter beaches. One of our guests was lucky enough to see a pod of spinner dolphins and others have seen whale-spouts in the distance.
These are just some of our favorite beaches to visit when we stay at Hale Mele Kohola.
Ten minutes from Hale Mele Kohola is the Ho’okena Beach Park. Ho’okena is a family-friendly sandy beach located ten minutes from our island home. Here you can swim, boogie board, body surf, picnic, and hang loose in general.
If you're into turtle-watching, head to Punalu'u Black Sand Beach where sea turtles come to rest in the afternoons.
Just next to thePlace of Refuge is "Two Step," a popular site for snorkeling and kayaking. You need only take two steps to be fully immersed in a captivating underwater world filled with colorful marine life. Turtles and spinner dolphins make frequent appearances.
A mere twenty-five minute drive will take you to South Point and the Green Sand Beach (Mahana Beach). The southernmost point of the United States, the trees here have been sculpted by the wind as if they were bonsai of epic proportions! The ocean sparkles with tantalizing hues of blue.
The Green Sand Beach is one of only three green sand beaches in the world and is well worth a visit. Also known as Mahana Beach, this is a favorite spot for fishing. If you arrive early enough in the day, you can hike down to the beach where the sand sparkles green from rich olivine deposits in the surrounding lava. Be sure to take lots of water and sunscreen!
If you'd rather stay closer to home, there is a private beach just a few streets below Hale Mele Kohola where you can relax with a book, explore the hiking trails and tidal pools, or just enjoy a beautiful sunset - no two are alike!