ACTIVITIES- Puako Beaches

Waialea or Beach 69 is a small nice sand beach generally protected from the surf and swell with large driftwood pieces and lava outcroppings. If you are on the Puako road take the first right after about half a mile. You can park by pole 71 and follow signs to the beach. You can hike, swim or snorkel here and there is a picnic area, shower and restrooms.

At the northern end of Puako you will find the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Waialea Bay State Park.




Hapuna Beach
is a long wide sandy beach considered the prettiest on the west coast and a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. It has a café, picnic areas and restrooms. It can be very rough with strong currents. It was rated one of the finest white-sand beaches in the world. Sunsets at Hapuna are incredible and you can see the island of Maui 35 miles in the distance. Amenities include: a covered pavilion, picnic tables, showers, restrooms and a small hot dog and cold drink stand.

Photographs: Robert Shallenberger, Zach Caldwell, Samantha Birch and Andrew Walsh.

There are nice little sandy and rocky beaches off the 12 access points along Puako Road that are easily accessible.

Please refer to Guidelines for proper practices and behaviour when visiting local beaches.