Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Big Island

Located on the Big Island's Kona Coast, Pebble Beach gets its name from the black lava pebbles that line its coast, creating a unique and attractive landscape. The beach is home to a rich marine ecosystem. Just below the surface, there is a wide array of ridges, pinnacles and reefs, all teeming with fish and other native marine life. Some of these ridges lead to steep drop-offs.

Even though this sounds like the perfect snorkeling or diving spot, the shorebreak is treacherous here and strong currents are almost always present. The beach is also not the best place to sit down for a picnic because there is no sand and the pebbles can get quite hot during mid-day and are not too comfortable to sit on. But it's still an interesting place to visit to listen to the surf wash ashore and toss the pebbles around.

Pebble Beach Overview

  • Remote beach with strong shorebreak
  • Shoreline is composed of pebbles

Mapuna Rd, Honaunau HI 96726
Directions: Access to Pebble Beach is a bit of a challenge. The most common route is through the Kona Paradise subdivision, about an hour's drive south of Kona. Between mile markers 96 and 97 on Highway 11, turn towards the ocean. From here, you'll follow a very steep winding road leading to the beach (it is 6,000 feet long and drops 1,000 feet in elevation). A four-wheel drive vehicle is best for this terrain. Parking is limited.

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