A large tidepool surrounded by a lava rock wall fronts this long and wide, sandy beach, creating a nice shallow swimming area where the water is warmed up by the sun. The beach sand is soft with some coral debris mixed in. When the surf in the open sea is too large this beach provides a safe area for recreational swimming, exploring in the sand-lined tidepool, and just enjoying the pleasant atmosphere. This is also a favorite local spot for picnics and cookouts. Pole fishers like to stand along the cliffs on the southern shore, and on the northern end of the beach are tidepools and a coastal trail.
Sunbathing, fishing, wading in the shallow water, swimming at high tide. At low tide, this is a great place for small children to play in safe, shallow water.
Wawaloli Beach provides scenic views of the Kona coastline as well as Hualalai Volcano. The uncrowded, family-friendly nature of this beach makes it very relaxing.
Need to Know
Strong ocean currents sometimes flow beyond the break wall so staying within the protected area is highly recommended. Also beware of slippery areas in the tidepools, particularly at low tide.
Restrooms, showers, barbecues, drinking water, picnic tables, shady areas.
Heading north from Kailua-Kona on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., turn left at the signs for the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii and follow the shoreline public access signs.