With a palm tree park, soft white sands, and a picturesque cove, there is only one word to describe Kikaua Beach, and that is beautiful. Located along the Kohala Coast, Kikaua Beach is a favorite among families. With a protected bay filled with calm water and a soft sandy ocean bottom, its no wonder that it makes the perfect swimming beach for kids of all ages. The swimming area is protected by lava rock outcroppings that protect it from the waves and currents of the open ocean.
A shallow tide pool sits just beyond the rim of lava rock that surrounds the swimming area. In this tide pool, you can get in and snorkel considering the tide isn’t too high. Be sure to use caution and avoid hitting the bottom here with the water being quite shallow.
Besides swimming and snorkeling in the tide pool, take the time to stroll around Kikaua Point. Enjoy the palm tree park where you can stroll bare-footed through the soft sand. On the northern edge of the park there is a lush grassy knoll where you can spend time relaxing in the shade, enjoying the outside Hawaiian air.
From Kikaua Point, you will find fantastic offshore views and beautiful scenery. It is not uncommon to see green sea turtles enjoying the sun on the warm lava rocks or even grazing through the clear and shallow waters of the tide pools.
At the southern entrance of Kikaua Beach, you will find restrooms, outdoor showers, and drinking fountains. There will be a paved pathway leading you right to the beach. So bring the family and enjoy a day at Kikaua Beach!
Kikaua Beach is a gated community, so when coming here, be sure to tell the guard at the gate that you are headed for the beach. Parking is limited. With only 27 parking spaces, get here early, especially on the weekends. If you have arrived and the lot has already filled, just to the south you will be able to park at Kua Bay/Manini’owali Beach, which is easily accessible from Highway 19. On the north end of Kua Bay, there is a rough shoreline trail that begins there and will take you less than a mile to walk to Kikaua Point.