Kailua-Kona is renowned for its sunny weather, warm climate, and picturesque beaches. However, not every beach is as well known or crowded as Hapuna just a few miles up the coast. Take for example, a cozy little patch of sand and surf known as Honl’s Beach. This cozy little beach is located right on the edge of Aliʻi Drive. Honl’s Beach is one of the most accessible in the area; it’s adjacent to the sidewalk that goes right into town. Honl’s also carries the distinction of being the birthplace of the original bodyboard created by Tom Morey in the 1970s under the name “boogie board”.
Once at the beach you’ll notice parking, bathrooms, and showers located right across the street. The beach itself is a very modest strip of white sand dotted with thick black rocks and reef. There are several palms offering shade to a couple of benches and tables. Honl’s is fairly unembellished. However, the sand is always warm and inviting and you’re only feet from the tropical Pacific Ocean. The floor of the Honl’s shallows is covered in lava rock and reef; it is best to use aquatic footwear or at the very least, caution when traversing
The surf breaks just a stone's throw from the rocky coastline, and can get rather tumultuous in the Winter season, when much of Kailua-Kona’s shore receives enlarged swells. Given the unfavorably sharp surfaces around Honl’s the area is not extremely popular among swimmers and recreationalists, although surfers, bodyboarders, and snorkelers frequent the area. Perceived shortcomings notwithstanding, Honl’s Beach offers a tremendous view of the ocean, and a typically less crowded beach area to settle down with a book or watch the waves come rolling in.
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Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms
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Kailua-Kona , HI 96749