Spencer Beach Park

  • Spencer Beach Park - USA
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Samuel M Spencer Beach Park (to  give it its full name) is possibly the best family beach on the Big Island. Located on the northwest coast of the island, just south of Kawaihae Harbor, this white sand beach offers calm waters, plenty of natural shade and a pretty good range of amenities.

Also known as Ohai’ula beach, the sand here slopes gently into the ocean. Along with a large offshore reef providing protection from the waves this is generally a safe place for swimming and snorkeling. A lifeguard service ensures everybody is safe during weekends and holidays.

One thing you won’t find at Spencer Beach Park is a cafe or concession. Fortunately there are a number of picnic tables on the grassy area behind the beach, so make sure you bring your own food.

Of course given its obvious appeal Spencer Beach Park is a popular spot. But the beach always maintains a laid-back, friendly family vibe.

The park is named in honor of Samuel Mahuka Spencer who wasa judge and chairman of the Hawaii County Board of Supervisors up until the 1940s.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing


  • Shower

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