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Beautiful quiet town and ocean front

We stayed nearby and would consider coming to stay here in future. Quiet, unspoiled little town... read more

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Magical beach a bit more off the beaten path

This is one of our favorite beaches on the Big Island. It's a mild hike through some shady trees... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2018
Millburn, New Jersey
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Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed nearby and would consider coming to stay here in future. Quiet, unspoiled little town. Great snorkeling, surfing and abundant sea turtles.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

This is one of our favorite beaches on the Big Island. It's a mild hike through some shady trees to get to the small sandy area; but the beauty is worth it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JWK07078
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We were out exploring and happened along Puako Beach Rd. A beautiful scenic area. We went as far as the end of the road & walked along the beach. We saw 4 turtles sunning themselves & a small group of snorkellers otherwise we had the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Difficult to get into, but once in, the snorkeling is great - easy to cut yourself - water also has some bacteria due to older septic tanks that some of the homeowners have not updated.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Explore796204
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Nice beach for snorkeling, but not very large. It's not as well known as Hapuna Beach. There are restrooms and showers, but parking is limited.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ripSF
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We ended at this place by chance, the bay is beautiful and we saw quite a few turtles, about 6 basking the sun on the chore. We could seem them from very close and this an amazing sight. We did not have time to snorkel...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank chrisandsteph2017
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Daughter and girlfriend said that this was the best beach for snorkeling overall. Easy in the water, wildlife present and not crowded.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DDMartinyahoo
Reviewed 26 July 2018

We ofte ngo to Puako Bay and are always stunned at its beauty. Stunning water, nice beach, lots of animals and fish .. always an amazing place to swim.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank buzzearl
Reviewed 8 July 2018

Head all the way down the road (I think it’s called Puako Road or Puako Beach Road) almost to the end and turn into the beach access right before the sign that reads “Road Ends in 500 Feet.” Park and head south to find a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank MidwestRoadTrips
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

This beach was recommended by the owner of Motorcycle rentals in Waikoloa. They rent everything from snorkels to noodles and umbrellas. Lots of fish and clear water. Look for beach 69 I think it was, after puako and before the parking attendant at Hapuna. If...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Joanne F
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Becky R
28 March 2018|
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Response from Ralphandralph | Reviewed this property |
Puako is on the Big Island of Hawaii. From Honolulu it is about an hour plane ride from Kona on the Big Island north to Honolulu. The cost for the plane ride is about $100-150.
24 March 2015|
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Response from Mary Frances K | Reviewed this property |
There is nothing further that I can add to the previous answer.