View of an interpretive sign at the edge of Kealakekua Bay.

Beaches in the Big Island’s Captain Cook Area

Beaches near Big Island’s Captain Cook Monument are all excellent for various water sports, including rental kayaking, and two have great amenities for a full day at the beach with a packed picnic lunch. All are fairly busy beaches, even the harder-to-reach ones, so plan ahead if you’re looking for solitude.

The yellow sand of Polihua Beach on Lanai.

Lana‘i’s Best Beaches

Unless you have a four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle, Lana‘i only has one accessible beach. If, however, you happen to procure a Jeep or a local’s truck, there are a number of undeveloped beaches where you could run around naked and there would be no one there to care. And now that you want to visit them, here’s how.

A pod of spinner dolphins photographed underwater.

Dolphin Swims and Whale-Watching Trips in Kona

Many of the kayaking and snorkeling trips in Kona offer dolphin options, but for an unforgettable experience, stick with outfitters and excursions that are fully dedicated to dolphin swims or whale watches. Here are three favorites, their focus, and why they’re so great.

Spectators watch as two dolphins leap synchronized out of the water.

Water Parks and Swimming with Dolphins in Cancún

Depending on your comfort and price range, you can interact with dolphins with a simple “fin shake” or enroll in a “trainer for a day” program. Read more to find out where you can swim with dolphins in Cancún, as well as where to cool off in a classic water park.