Looking for an afternoon at the beach near Kailua-Kona? Try White Sands Beach Park, it’s Magical.
Originally known as White Sands beach park, this area has become known as Magic Sands Beach. The name is derived from the beach’s tendency to completely vanish overnight. Here’s why; during high surf, the ocean undercuts the beach and carries the sand away, revealing the dark lava rock below. When the swell ceases, the ocean currents slowly move the sand back onto the shore. Although this renewal can take several weeks, the recurring flush of the sand keeps it clean.
Magic Sands Beach Proximity to Kona
Magic Sands Beach is situated about 3 miles south of Kailua-Konaʻs downtown. It is a convenient stop for those looking to experience both the water and the many shops, beach side bars, and delicious dining options in downtown Kona. Located along Alii Drive in south Kailua-Kona, the beach is surrounded by condominium rentals and right next door to Magic’s Beach Grill. Its shores are framed with coconut palms and lava rocks.
This small patch of paradise known as Magic Sands Beach Park is perfectly suited for the beachgoer looking to have it all; history, water activities, and city amenities all within easy reach. Magic Sands beach has all the benefits of a picturesque Hawaiian beach experience, with the convenience of a neighborhood park. Convenience does tend to come with crowds, so note that this beach can get a bit crowded at prime times and on weekends.
Magic Sands Beach Activities and Conditions
Closer to the shoreline, the sandy ocean bottom has a gradual decline. Within the protected areas along the rocky barriers, there are swimming opportunities. In the summer months, the swimming conditions are often calm, but during southern swells and the winter months, ocean conditions can make for a heavy shore break where rip currents can pull swimmers into the open ocean or knock you into the exposed rocks. This shore break creates good conditions for boogie boarding which is a favorite local pastime at this beach. This is one of the Big Island beaches with a lifeguard tower.
Magic Sands overlooks La’aloa Bay. La’aloa is a sacred area just south of the beach, with many culturally and historically significant sites, namely the ruins of Haukalua Heiau (an Ancient Hawaiian temple). The stone structure was partially removed, and a ceremonial platform of “lele” was designed and built by descendants of the ancient Hawaiians who resided in the area. This area is undergoing some construction and will be closed to the public for a few months.
Magic Sands Beach Park Hours
Daily 6 AM-11 PM
Partial Closure Notice: Beginning Monday Oct 31, 2022 the South end of Magic Sands Beach Park will be closed for construction work. This work is estimated to take up to eight months. The sandy beach portion of the park will remain open for the project, and Water Safety Officers of the Hawaiʻi Fire Department will continue their oversight of ocean activities there. Access to the beach at Magic Sands will be via the park’s north end, near the driveway for Magic’s Beach Grill. No access to or via the park’s south end will be allowed as this area will be the contractor’s primary site access for the project and, thus, an active construction area. Parking for beach users will continue to be available at the County’s Kīpapa Park area (directly mauka of Aliʻi Drive from the beach park) and as allowed on the shoulders of Aliʻi Drive. Temporary portable restroom units will be placed adjacent to the beach and at the parking area. (In addition: The Laʻaloa Beach Park will be closed entirely during this time.)
White Sands / Magic Sands Beach Location and Map
77-648177 Alii Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740