Finding Hawaii’s Hidden Beaches
Of all the things that Hawaii is known for, the incredible hidden beaches are at the top of the list. All the factors that make the perfect beach, including the tropical climate, swaying palm trees, and the perfect water, help to make the perfect beach setting and create the stunning imagery that Hawaii is known for.
It’s easy to picture in your head, powder white sand and crystal clear ocean water, with the clear blue sky and warm sun creating the perfect day in paradise. Add in a little shade, a towel, and a nice book, and you can practically see yourself in Hawaii.
There are hidden beaches all over Hawaii, and finding them is easier than one might think. Aside from the powder white sand beaches, there are a multitude of colors that are found on the beaches around the islands, and each help to make Hawaii the desired vacation destination that it is.
So, where can you find the exotic colors of sand around Hawaii, and discover hidden beaches that are away from the crowds?
Maui is where you can find red and black sand beaches. Head out towards Hana, along the winding Hana Highway, and you will eventually come across Wai’anapanapa State Park, the site of ocean side caves and a tropical black sand beach. Though the waters here tend to be quite treacherous, the view is incredible. And not far from the state park is Koki Red Sand Beach, easy to miss if you are not careful, and so incredibly beautiful that it is difficult to describe. The beach is actually red clay, and creates one of the most incredible sites along the Road to Hana.
Over on the Big Island, a short 3 mile hike to Papakolea Beach reveals one of the rarest sites in the world: a green sand beach. Some visitors to the beach choose to ride on a 4-wheel vehicle, reducing the travel time to the beach, but most opt to hike, enjoying the stunning natural sites of the island, and taking in cultural sites like ancient heiaus (temples) that are still standing from ancient Hawaii. The Big Island also features black sand beaches, found near Hilo and a common stop on Big Island Sightseeing Tours.
There are so many beaches to visit during a trip to Hawaii that seeing them all is next to impossible. On your trip, find as many hidden beaches as you can, including the diverse beaches that feature different colors of sand, and make plans to visit more during return trips to the islands!
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