Thirty-two miles and about a 40-minute drive north of Kona, situated right in front of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, is Hapuna Beach. It is a half-mile long, 200-foot wide stretch of shimmering white sand, nestled in Hapuna Bay. Itís a great spot for beachcombing or that long jog or swim. Hapuna Beach does offer some of the best swimming and scenery available.
Hapuna Beach is an excellent vantage point to watch the whales pass between Maui and the Big Island. Itís no wonder that it's consistently voted the best in the nation. At the south end of the beach is a wide sandbar that extends out into the ocean making it safe for swimming and wading into the crystal-clear, turquoise water. When the surf is up, this is great place for body-boarding. Bit the waves do get big at Hapuna Beach, so please know your limits. The power of big waves will knock you down and suck you out to sea. If the waves are on the small side, it's a fine spot for beginner body-boarders.
The north end of Hapuna Beach can have some strong riptides. There are coastal trails along the ocean at the south end of the beach to satisfy the most vigorous curiosity. Facilities include restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, showers, and plenty of parking. There is also a lifeguard. Cabins for camping are available by permit across the road from the beach entrance.