Napo'opo'o Beach Park

Phone (808) 323-4322
3.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address 82-6039 Puuhonua Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704
Small, rocky beach that can be great for snorkeling.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: BBQ Grills
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Shady • Parking: Poor / Few
• Good For: Scuba Diving • Good For: Snorkeling

Full Description
Napo'opo'o Beach Park is located at the southern end of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. This is where Captain Cook (see The History of Captain James Cook and Captain Cook Monument) set foot on the Big Island in 1779. There is also an ancient Hawaiian temple site, Hikiau Heiau behind the beach that is accessible by a trail.

This beach is surrounded by green cliffs. With a rocky shore and only a small amount of sand, this beach is great for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

The problem with Napo'opo'o Beach is that it's mostly boulders and rocks now. Back in 1992, Hurricane Iniki hit this area just enough to essentially remove the sandy beach that once stood here and replace it with rocks and boulders.

So, without a sandy beach it's not the best option for most beachgoers. So, not the best place to hang out on the beach and water entry can be difficult here.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
A beautiful area with amazing views and some great snorkeling but it's not beachy enough to recommend for most people.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
A fine spot for snorkeling and swimming. Also, a beautiful spot to watch sunsets with views of the bay. There is a dock here which is perfect for fishing.

The shoreline is bouldery, and so it's not ideal for sunbathing. But the snorkeling here is great because of an abundance of sea life. The cove shaped bay keeps it somewhat protected from wave surge, so getting in and out of the water isn't too bad. It's not uncommon to see visitors drinking an adult beverage and enjoying the sunset.
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