The Big Island may be home to a lot of fresh black lava rock since it's Hawaii's youngest island, but the biggest island in the chain is home to a huge array of gorgeous beaches all along the coast. From black sand to white sand, with rocky reefs or not, the Big Island's beaches vary from coast to coast and offer some of the most spectacular beach sights in the islands.
So if your perfect vacation day includes soaking up the sun, playing in the sand, or swimming in the ocean, then our Big Island guide is just what you need. Our 10Best list highlights the best places to soak up the sun, with Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area being a favorite of our editors and readers. The beach is long, blanketed in fine white sand, and is a popular spot for a full day trip to the beach with lunch, beach gear and toys.
For another type of beach, check out Punalu`u Beach Park, where the agrayish sand is broken up with the occasional lava rock reef jutting out and drawing in green sea turtles. Another island favorite is Kahalu`u Beach Park, which offers some of the most exotic and spectacular snorkeling on the island. Fish love to bombard snorkelers here, and vendors sell fish food to toss around and draw more fish in.
So when making your Big Island Beach choices, remember that 10 Best's top ten beach list is here to guide you to the best sunning and swimming spots on the island. Now all you need is your sunblock.
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