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.

Aerial view of the islet of Moku Ho‘oniki off Molokai.

Moloka‘i Dive Sites and Snorkeling

The only reason you haven’t heard about the amazing diving and snorkeling in Moloka’i is because—with the exception of a few protected areas—the majority of dive and snorkel spots are best accessed from a dive boat or charter. Use these outfitters to explore Moku Ho‘oniki and other areas.

The wreck of the HMS Vixen. Photo © Gary Parker/123rf.

Bermuda Shipwreck Dive Sites

Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the Atlantic. Most of these unfortunate vessels, from treasure-laden galleons to U.S. Civil War-era steamers, lie less than 60 feet deep, making accessibility a breeze.

Keawakapu is one of Kihei’s most popular beaches.

South Maui Beaches: Kihei and Ma‘alaea

When it comes to beach weather in dry South Maui, the wind and clouds can greatly affect the comfort level. The morning hours are the best time to hit any beach. In the afternoon, the pocket of beaches in south Kihei and Wailea have the best chance of being sunny and calm.

A speckled tropical fish in the reef at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling West Maui: Kapalau, Napili, and Honolua

Snorkeling is the most popular activity in West Maui. Hundreds of people ply the waters of the island’s western shoreline, but there’s always room to find your own section of reef. Mornings are the best time of day for snorkeling, and remember: different times of year also mean different snorkeling conditions.

Surfboards stacked in the grass near the beach at Amigas Surf Retreat in Nicaragua.

Surfing Nicaragua

The secret is out: Nicaragua’s breaks are perfect. Here are some practical surfing Nicaragua tips on where to make home base and recommended outfitters.