King Kamehameha Beach / Kamakahonu

Beach Location: 75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, just outside the Courtyard Marriott
Amenities: Restrooms, outdoor showers, walking paths, and trash and recycle bins.
Time to snorkel: Year round
Kid Friendly: Yes
Lifeguards: No
Directions and Parking: In the center of Kona Town and right next to Kailua Pier, King Kamehameha Beach is easy to find. You cannot park next to the beach, but a free parking lot is located a couple of blocks toward the mountains. Take Kuakini Highway to Likana Lane, and turn in just to the left of the Kona Seaside Hotel, at 75-5665 Likana Lane, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740. Once you’ve parked, walk through the Banyan Court Mall and toward the sea to Ali’i Drive. King Kamehameha Beach is to the right of the Kailua Pier. After you cross the street and pass the pier, head down the cement path or across the brilliant white sand for some awesome Kona snorkeling!

King Kamehameha Beach is small, sheltered, and right in the middle of Kona Town. These qualities make it an excellent site for beginner snorkelers – especially those staying in Kona. The water is shallow and usually gentle, and you will find that it is home to many varieties of reef fish. Because the beach is in town, anything you might need can be found quite easily. There are restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, and even kayak rentals within walking distance. If you are interested in cultural sites, you’ll be pleased to know that King Kamehameha’s reconstructed temple sits nearby! This edifice can give you a glimpse into the world of the most celebrated leader in the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

  • Water Clarity - 7/10
  • Wildlife Abundance - 7/10
  • Reef Abundance - 6/10
  • Ease of Beach Access - 8/10
  • Sandy Beach For Entertaining - 6/10


If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 808-856-4274


King Kamehameha Beach Kamakahonu Kona

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