After the breakfast at Island Lava Java, we headed to Hapuna Beach State Park and attempted snorkeling for the first time in our lives.
Hapuna Beach is a beautiful white sand beach and is often voted among the best beaches in the world. It is very big, and there is plenty of room for everyone. It was already very hot when we arrived at around 9 am. The water was quite calm compared to the beaches and shores we visited later that day.
The first snorkeling experience was OK. We were beginners and didn’t dare to go too far. There were already plenty of small fish swimming in the shallow water not far from the sure, and it made me so excited! We went towards the south side of the beach where the shoreline becomes rock and hoped to see more fish and coral. The bad thing was that we swam too close to the rocky shore and sometimes wanted to hold onto the rock. The current hit us hard onto the rock many times and as a result, we got a few scratches. We didn’t snorkel further and supposedly there are more things to see at the sea arch 0.5 miles away from the shore.
One big advantage of this beach is that it is very easy to access with a paved road. Also, it has all the necessary amenities including washrooms and even a cafe for food. I would love to spend more time here if I am coming to Big Island again.
Hapuna Beach State Park
Hapuna Beach Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
Amenities: Washrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards, food & equipment rentals (Three Frogs Cafe).
Fee: $5 for parking