After the breakfast at Island Lava Java, we headed to Hapuna Beach State Park and attempted snorkeling for the first time in our lives. Although the view wasn’t as magnificent as the view at Honaunau Bay, it was still a memorable one.
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.
What we did
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 of my life was OK. We didn’t have any experience so didn’t dare to go too far. There were already plenty of small fish swimming in the shallow water not far from the shore, and it made me so excited! We went towards the south side of the beach hoping to see more fish and coral along the rocky shore. At the end, we didn’t see a lot.
We were cautious and snorkel very close the rocky shore. We thought we were able to hang on to the rocks when we needed to. It turned out that it was not the correct thing to do. The current hit us hard onto the rock many times because of this and we got a few scratches. Supposedly there were more things to see at the sea arch 0.5 miles away, but we went back to the beach instead.
It is one of the nicest beaches on Big Island. A big advantage of this beach is that it is very easy to access. 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