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Kiholo Bay

big island/kailua kona

71-1890 Queen Ka'ahumanu Hwy
Kailua-Kona, 96743

Camping, Kid Friendly


Hours of Operation:

    7 AM–6 PM
Camping, Kid Friendly

Kiholo Bay

The Big Island's Tranquil Turquoise Beach

Kīholo Bay, more of a region than a traditional beach, holds a few delightful surprises for those willing to explore. It's a place that's worth every bit of the effort it takes to access. Please note that operating hours may vary seasonally. The gates typically open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between April 1 and Labor Day, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Labor Day to March 31. Camping is available during weekends, from Friday to Sunday, at 'Ili‘ili (Pebble) Beach.

Kīholo Bay, nestled within its protective embrace, offers a series of tranquil, turquoise tidepools that create a postcard-perfect bay. It's a hidden gem, making it an ideal destination for those looking to venture slightly off the beaten path. In the past, this bay suffered from overuse by both tourists and locals, but significant conservation efforts have worked wonders in restoring and preserving its natural beauty. Notably, one of the most substantial improvements has been the prohibition of driving on the beach, which had previously caused considerable damage to the ecosystem.

If you want a glimpse of Kīholo Bay without descending into it, you can visit the marked "Scenic Area" located adjacent to mile marker 82 along Hwy 19. The water within the bay often takes on a mesmerizing turquoise hue due to the unique blend of freshwater and seawater. However, this mixture also lends a slightly murkier quality to the water compared to other spots along the Kohala Coast.

Kīholo Bay is renowned as one of the best places to observe sea turtles in their natural habitat. The hike through this enchanting area is a guided tour of Kīholo Bay, featuring a striking black sand beach, a submerged lava tube, and an extraordinary brackish tidepool that once served as an ancient fishpond. It's essential to note that this area currently holds park reserve status and is still undergoing conceptual planning for future public use.

Venture to Kīholo Bay to experience its natural wonders and the sense of serenity it offers, a destination that has benefited from dedicated conservation efforts in recent years.

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