On the island’s west end, Papohaku Beach is the longest white sand beach in the Hawaiian Islands at three miles long and 100 yards wide. Beachcombers love this stretch that provides solitude and the likelihood that you’ll be the only one making footprints in the sand. Another west end pick, Kepuhi Beach that sees a bit more action with sunning, surfing, fishing and swimming on calm ocean days.
During the summer and fall, the best beaches for snorkeling include Kepuhi and Papohaku, with Make Horse and Dixie Maru adding to the roster. In the winter, it’s best to stay on the sand and watch veteran surfers tackle the monster waves. Southeast beaches are better bets then, including Sandy Beach and Murphy's Beach. Also known as Kumimi Beach, the latter features an offshore reef considered the longest continuous fringing reef in the U.S.