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Ke'Ei Beach

big island/kailua kona
Beaches/Public Recreational

Ke‘EI Beach
Ocean View, 96704

Surfing, Fishing

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Surfing, Fishing

Ke'Ei Beach

The Big Island's Overlooked Beach

Nestled along the West Coast of the Big Island, near Kona, Ke'ei Beach is a hidden treasure, often overlooked by visitors. Situated not far from the renowned Kealakekua Bay, this secluded beach remains a local secret.

Reaching Ke'ei Beach can be an adventurous journey. Access involves navigating a gravel road that progressively becomes rougher as you approach the shoreline. Depending on your vehicle, it may be advisable to park a short distance up the road and continue on foot, as smaller cars may struggle with the challenging driving conditions.

Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by soft white sands and breathtaking vistas. This cove beach is typically serene, and you might find yourself one of the few visitors on certain weekdays. The beach is primarily frequented by local fishermen and surfers rather than tourists.

Swimming isn't typically recommended here. The ocean floor is rocky, and the water near the shore is quite shallow, making it less than ideal for swimming. Deeper waters further out can have choppy surf conditions, potentially making it challenging to exit. We suggest that only experienced swimmers venture into the water.

For skilled swimmers, this beach offers opportunities for surfing and snorkeling. Extensive reefs provide shelter for a variety of exotic marine life, creating a peaceful and uncrowded environment for snorkelers. Experienced surfers can enjoy decent surf conditions on most days, and locals can often be seen riding the waves when conditions are favorable.

Even if you don't plan to swim, Ke'ei Beach is an excellent spot for a beachside picnic. The quiet ambiance is surrounded by lush trees and foliage, with a few homes set back from the beach. It offers a serene escape from the bustling world.

In winter, the beach may experience some erosion, but it remains suitable for a visit. During these months, you may have the chance to witness pods of whales or dolphins swimming in the open waters beyond the cove.

Please note that there is no lifeguard on duty, and no facilities are available, so plan your visit accordingly.

In addition to its tranquility and natural beauty, this area holds historical significance. The Battle of Moku'ohai, the first battle in King Kamehameha's quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands, took place here. In 1810, he succeeded in creating the Kingdom of Hawaii. It's incredible to imagine that this peaceful shoreline was once the site of a fierce and historic battle, marking the beginning of an essential era in Hawaiian history.

Whether you're seeking a serene spot for a picnic lunch or a tranquil escape from the bustling resort life, Ke'ei Beach offers a unique and peaceful destination.

Ke'Ei BeachThe Big Island's Overlooked BeachNestled along the West Coast of the Big Island, near Kon ....

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