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Magic Sands, Kailua-Kona

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One of the few white-sand beaches on the island, Magic Sands is the local name for Laʻaloa Beach County Park. The official name means "very sacred" in the local dialect. The ruins of an ancient Hawaiian temple are just south of the beach. However, it isn't spirits that give the beach its nickname; it's the disappearing sand that is sometimes washed away in storms to reveal black volcanic rock. Strong waves just off shore make the beach a popular spot for experienced surfers. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Kailua-Kona holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Magic Sands and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a beautiful beach that offers both boogie boarding and snorkeling. It was a great time. There was parking on the road and restrooms. Bring some binoculars - lots of boats just off shore - dolp...  more »
  • Was a bit disappointed with this beach, it was small and crowded and the water was dirty. The sand was rough and it was far more beautiful in online photos than in person. They did have restrooms ther...  more »
  • Great stop for a nice sandy beach to swim or body surf at! Not good for snorkeling, chose a different location if that is what you want.  more »

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Where to stay in Kailua-Kona

If you wish to indulge yourself while on the Kona coastline of the "Big Island," book your stay at one of Kailua-Kona's fully furnished beachside villas, offering spa services, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the coastline's luxury resorts, featuring tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site activities like hula lessons and diving classes. Smaller hotels a short drive from the city may not offer beach access, but they provide plenty of privacy at a fraction of the cost of the area's big resorts.
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