Kauna'oa Bay, Big Island, Hawaii (with Map & Photos)

Hawaii is famous for being home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the US and the world. Each of its islands offers many beaches that are worth visiting, such as the majestic Hulopo'e Beach in Lana'i, Ka'anapali Beach in Maui, or Hanauma Bay, in Oahu.

Kauna'oa Bay
Kauna'oa Bay

We, however, chose the beautiful Kauna'oa Bay, on the Big Island. Shaped like a crescent moon, it is to the west of the island, and is known for its white sand, palm trees, and calm turquoise waters. It is excellent for sunbathing and snorkeling in its reefs (in summer).

It is also known as Mauna Kea for the iconic hotel that is located there. Please note that although the beach is private, you must enter through the hotel grounds. At night, the hotel turns on special lights that attract majestic manta rays, which you can swim or snorkel with.

KaunaŹ»oa (Mauna Kea) Beach Map