Isaac Hale Beach Park is really quite a different type of beach park. Essentially it is divided into two sides. On one side is the only loading boat ramp on the entire Puna coastline. If you are going to be catching a commercial lava boat excursion or fishing trip it is likely to leave from here. This is also where many of the local fishermen will depart from and any form of pleasure boating in the area will depart from this area as well. The boat ramp enters into Pohoiki Bay and this point of departure usually draws tons of local children who swim in the usually calmer waters right at the dock and right next to the sign that says "no swimming". Dangerous as it may seem to swim in this area where boats pull in and out, the local children here seem to be used to it but I would not recommend this to a visitor. Surfers also enjoy the waves that typically occur in the center of the bay but these, often large waves, are best reserved for the absolutely skilled.
Just to the north side of the boat ramp area is Isaac Hale Beach. The beach is made of lava rocks and pebbles but the action here is not on the beach but in the surf. Once again this is a great surf spot but should only be used by those who are accomplished surfers because of the often times large waves and difficult and dangerous currents. Luckily there is a lifeguard stationed at this beach and he explained that the lifeguards here can often get a lot of action in terms of assisting people in need of help on the ocean. Once again, for most people this is probably not a great place to get into the water
As far as amenities this area does have a lot of parking and some restrooms and showers. Unfortunately over the years this beach park has developed a reputation as being a place where cars can be broken into and has been the scene of various forms of vandalism. In the course of checking out the area we even came upon what appeared to be a broken crack pipe crushed in a parking stall and so this may not be the best spot for a beach outing unless your major objective is coming here is to surf.
Be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be dangerous including this one. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering any Hawaiian waters however it is not advised that you enter the water at this location. Also, all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.
Kikaua Point Beach is a tiny but very beautiful beach that is located about ten miles north of Kailua-Kona. Kikaua Beach is perhaps the calmest beach on the Big Island being protected from the open ocean by a series of huge boulders and rocks that provide a rim for the pond-like beach within.
La'aloa Beach Park in the town of Kailua-Kona is also referred to as Magic Sands Beach, White Sands Beach and Disappearing Sands Beach. Though its Hawaiian name has implications suggesting it is a beach of sacred nature the other three more popular names refer to the propensity of the beach to lose its sand each winter and early spring to the currents, waves and storms that extract the white sands from the shoreline portion of the beach and temporarily deposit them further out to sea exposing dangerous exposed rocks in the process.
The Old Kona Airport landing field became obsolete in the early 1970's but the one-mile landing strip still exists. This huge stretch of asphalt lies right next to the ocean just north of the city of Kailua-Kona and today serves as the gigantic parking area for the Old Kona Airport Beach.
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is the largest black sand beach in the state. Located south of the Volcanoes National Park on the coastal Highway 11 it is a beach that is basically fairly far from populated areas and most people will decide to enjoy a quick visit when they take the southern route to visit the volcanoes if they are staying in the Kona region.
If it wasn't for the fact that Spencer Beach was located so close to Hapuna and Mauna Kea Beach, it would receive more notoriety than it does. Although it is a beautiful white sand beach with a sand bottom allowing for an easy water entry, it just lacks some of the luster and beauty associated with its nearest beach neighbor.
The Big Island often gets a pretty bad rap when it comes to beaches. Yes, it is true that it is the newest of the Hawaiian islands and as a result it has not had enough geological time pass by to jump-start the laws of physics and allow nature to work its magic on creating the type of amazing beaches that can often be found on other islands of the Hawaiian chain.
Isaac Hale Beach is such a cool place!