The Big Island’s beaches are concentrated along the Northwest coast. As the youngest Hawaiian island, the Big Island’s beaches are smaller than its neighbors, not having had the time to develop. However, as our beach guide shows they are unique in their beauty and it’s a mistake for beach lovers to dismiss the Big Island. The most popular beaches are Hapuna beach and Mauna Kea beach. Two of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii are Kua Bay (Maniniowali) and Makalawena beach. The Big Island has the best snorkeling in Hawaii because the water off the Kona coast tends to be very clear. Favorite snorkeling locations include Honaunau Bay, Kealakekua Bay, Kahaluu beach park, Maikaiwa Bay and the Kapoho tide pools.