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Waialea beach is one of the more popular white sand beaches on the big island,  especially during the summer months because of the sun, shade and good snorkeling. Waialea beach is also known as “69 beach” because of the number 69 utility pole close to the parking area of this beach.

Waialea beach fronts a small residential area. The white sand of Waialea beach erodes during the winter due to strong surf, but is pristine during the summer. There is plenty of tree cover providing shade and privacy.

In the bay itself you can find a rich diversity of marine life, which makes it a popular site for snorkel and scuba activities. The best reefs can be found on the southern side of the bay, but there is also plenty of coral to be found around the rocky prominence inside the bay. Humpback whales are often seen outside the bay during winter months.

There is no life guard on duty, but there are showers and restrooms.

Ala KahaKai Trail

There is also a moderate difficulty hiking trail crossing Waialea beach that follows the coastline over ancient fishermen`s trails and Hawaiian Kingdom roads. The Ala Kahakai trail provides access to some of the most pristine shoreline remaining in Hawaii, as well as numerous anachialine ponds.

This trail forms a 15.4 mile loop along the coastline, and Waialea beach is about halfway the loop.

Directions to Waialea Beach

The easiest way to reach Waialea beach from Kona is to take highway 19 north about 23 miles past the Waikoloa resorts, and to turn to the left on the next exit of the highway, onto Puako Beach Drive. You have gone too far if you see the exit to Hapuna Beach.

Once you are on the Puako beach drive, take the first right onto the Old puako road and watch the numbers on the telephone poles. Turn left between poles 69 and 70 (about half a mile). Payed parking is available near the beach.

Information in this blog provided by Love Big Island.

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