Puʻuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Standing at the end of a long semi-desert of thorny scrub and lava plains, the national park fronting Honaunau Bay provides one of the state’s most evocative experiences of ancient Hawaiʻi, and easy access to some of the best snorkeling anywhere.
With its pristine turquoise waters and shoreline fringed with coconut trees, Kiholo Bay is yet another off-the-beaten-track Big Island beauty. It’s more of a series of beaches than one contiguous stretch of sand, and as for tourists, it's relatively unvisited. The main beach (near the parking lot) is pebbly and swimming is fine when seas are calm.