Magic Sands, Kailua-Kona

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#5 of 11 in Parks in Kailua-Kona
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. Find out how to plan Kailua-Kona trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Kona Magic Sands- for you see the sand, then you don’t. It’s a great site to see, if you get to see the beach change before your eyes. It’s not a recommended swim beach if the sand is out, as the unde...  more »
  • if you think you can body surf or boogy board in any conditions, then this place is ok. We went one day and were told by the life guard that, "maybe your a little to old for this beach". The next day ...  more »
  • Amazing white sand and turquoise water. Great current and waves for body-boarding. However too crowded for such a small beach either on the beach or in the water. Some snorkeling if current permits bu...  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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