Spencer Beach Park
Going towards the northernmost tip of the Big Island on ʻAkoni Pule Highway (also known as
Highway Route 270), you will come across a left turn to a local favorite, Spencer Beach Park.
Spencer’s is named after Big Island politician Samuel Mahuku Spencer, who held several
important offices in the county during Hawaii’s territorial era. While Spencer Beach Park lacks
the glamour of resort beaches and landmarks, this beach definitely has a rustic, mellow charm
that makes it a perfect area to relax with the family.
The water around Spencer Beach Park is typically very calm and shallow with the absence of
the waves that regularly pummel the west-facing coastline. The sand is a distinctly more tan
shade than the bleached white sand that line the beaches around the area. Because of the
tranquil waters around the coast, this beach is very popular among recreational swimmers and
snorkelers. Spencer’s is also known to be a resting place for Hawaii’s turtles who can often be
found floating around the placid currents.
Spencer Beach Park offers generous parking stalls, clean bathrooms, showers, and several
picnic tables and benches. A large pavilion also offers respite from the beating sun. Camping is
also permitted on the beach; a right that is exercised by locals and tourists alike year round. As
a peace of mind, a lifeguard is also posted, though the waters tend to be far from churning.
Wherever you end up on the parkland – and it’s not a massive park – you will find ample shade,
occasional ocean life, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s), Wheelchair Accessible
Weekends/ Holidays 9:30a - 4:45p
Camping Permit Required