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This half-mile stretch on the Big Island’s South Kohala Coast is the largest of the Big Island’s white-sand beaches. Also, it has just enough consistent small-wave action to make it the best beach on the island for body-surfers and body-boarders. You’ll see plenty of both here, plus snorkelers. Even so, you'll find more than enough room on Hapuna’s luxuriously wide sand dunes to stretch out and catch some rays.



This stunning slice of windward coastline is a go-to beach for windsurfing, parasailing, body-boarding, and kayaking. When the wind is fairly gentle, you’ll likely see a steady line of paddlers (and surfers) headed to and from nearby islets. Famous for its soft white sand and turquoise waters, Kailua Beach is about a half-mile long. Situated near Kailua Town, the beach is about a 30-minute drive from Honolulu.



With its typically gentle and long-lasting wave break, the waters are perfect for learning how to stand up on a surfboard, help paddle an outrigger canoe, or just have fun watching the buzz of activity in and out of the water. While much of daily water-sports action takes place near the Duke Kahanamoku statue, the best view of Diamond Head Crater is on the sand edging the pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Waikiki area also includes Fort DeRussy Beach, Kuhio Beach, and Queen Surf Beach.

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