We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Puako Bay

Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI
Review Highlights
Beautiful rocky beach to walk along, and take sunset pictures. We saw sea turtles too.

Beautiful lava rock beach good for taking walks, listening to the waves and taking in gorgeous... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Beautiful coast line

The Lava Lava beach club rocks for happy hour! The beach is okay, kind of small and not as Good as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jackie H
Paso Robles, California
Read all 137 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tide pools” (8 reviews)
“old hawaii” (5 reviews)
“hapuna beach” (15 reviews)
Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI
Write a Review
Reviews (137)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 120 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful lava rock beach good for taking walks, listening to the waves and taking in gorgeous sunset views. We also saw sea turtles. I have heard it is a good place to snorkel though we didn't do it there.

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lava Lava beach club rocks for happy hour! The beach is okay, kind of small and not as Good as Hapuna or Mauna Lani.

Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite spots to escape to. Very peaceful, beautiful, and usually nobody around. Easy access up and down the road.

Thank Teri L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice, natural meandering path along the ocean front from Mauna Lani to Puako over coral, lave cobble, in and out of lovely shady coves. DELIGHTFUL

Thank lindacrick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great area in which to stay, if you want to experience a genuine Hawaiian neighborhood as opposed to the much more antiseptic resorts in the area. Puako Bay provides interesting snorkeling with good visibility and a variety of fish, although almost all...More

Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We love the ocean in Puako and started each day with snorkeling. Then end of the day was sunsets and drinks.

Thank PattieFree
Reviewed 5 August 2017

It was amazing to us that there were only a few people snorkeling here - it was awesome, lots of fish and turtles. We parked by telephone pole #120, across from the church, walked down the beach access trail. Once you get the ocean, turn...More

1  Thank dmlin
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a Sunday Catholic mass in the Waikoloa area then you should attend Ascension Mission Puako! Very easy to get to for it was a 16 minute drive from the Hilton Waikolo Village. An earlier review mentioned stadium seating which I...More

Thank MonicaRad
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

While flying to Hawaii, I was told about this beach from a local. It is awesome. I can't wait to go back. If you want to get away from it all. This is the place to be.

Thank Tracy P
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Look for the mile marker 69 turn left if your'e coming from Kona then take the first right and drive until you see the gate with parking, park your car, and walk towards the ocean. Been going to this beach for the last 30 years,...More

Thank 765matildak
Nearby Restaurants
Brown's Beach House
890 reviews
2.97 miles away
Under the Bodhi Tree
415 reviews
3.36 miles away
803 reviews
3.43 miles away
Norio's Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
255 reviews
2.94 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Hapuna Beach
1,861 reviews
.80 miles away
Liquid Hawaii
138 reviews
.55 miles away
Hawai'i Surf and Kayak
128 reviews
.93 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
23 March 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from StacyFromHawaii | Reviewed this property |
No, at no time should a person who does not know the area swim at a beach that does not have life guards. Rip tides, sharp coral, sharp lava rocks, strong currents are elements of the big island's coastal waters. Even... More