Kuki'o Beach Hiking Trail

Sea Turtle Hiking Trail

Best Hawaii Hiking Trail: If you’re searching for a cool place to watch sea turtles, Kuki’o Beach is the spot! This pristine beach is located in the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. The short coastal trail to the turtle viewing area is flat and accessible for hikers of all backgrounds. Unless you have tough feet, wear sandals or shoes as the trail is full of lava rocks.

Kuki’o Beach features white sand beach and is bordered by tropical palm trees. Frequently hikes can enjoy seeing the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Honu) that swim in the beach’s bay area or rest on the beach. Female sea turtles generally reproduce at 35-40 years old and lay around 100-150 eggs with only a few surviving. If you do encounter a sea turtle, stay at least 10 feet away to protect the turtle’s environment. Sea turtles are endangered and protected wildlife. If you see any suspicious activity with the sea turtles, contact the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) at (808) 587-0077.

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Estimated Time: 1-2 hours

Total Distance: 2 miles

Map & Directions

Trail Pictures

Total Distance (miles)

Sea Turtles can live to be over 80 years old.

Total Estimated Time (hour)


Sea Turtles develop slowly and can take 15 to 50 years to reach full maturity.

Kuki'o Beach Hiking Trail Photo Gallery

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When to Go

Year-Round: Hikers can enjoy exploring the Big Island during all seasons. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing a sea turtle, summer is generally the best viewing time as the waters are generally calmer.

Dog Friendly

Yes, dogs on leashes are permitted.

Kuki'o Beach Hiking Trail Map

Kuki'o Beach Hiking Trail Directions

Coordinates for GPS: 19.832341, -155.985615

Why We Liked It

If you’re searching for sea turtles, Kuki’o Beach is the spot! The beach is an ideal spot to search for turtles and if you’re fortunate to see some, you’ll be amazed at the calm soothing nature of these Hawaiian natives. We enjoyed exploring the beach’s trail area and relaxing along the coast. If you’re searching for an easy hike, Kuki’o Beach is it.

If you want a more challenging beach trail, check out Waipi’o Valley.

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