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Natural Energy Lab Park

Natural Energy Lab Park

Natural Energy Lab Park is near the airport, this collection of shallow tide pools and sandy spots is a great place for plane watching, sunning, relaxing and exploring. The Beach Park is a long and narrow spot between the road to the Natural Energy Lab and the ocean.

The name of the beach is Wawaloli and there is a nice tide pool, sand beach that is safe for swimming. It's is a terrific spot for kids so bring your picnic lunch, sunscreen and snorkel gear.
The tide pool is protected from the surf by a barrier of lava. At high tide it's a wonderful spot to watch the surf coming over the barrier.

Most of the shoreline though is lava and not that great for swimming. The park is popular as it is close to town. Facilities include clean toilets,an outdoor shower, picnic tables and pits for grilling.

If you have four wheel drive, a trail north past the restrooms leads to several private sandy spots. To the south (left at the end of the road) you'll find a very rough road to the "Pine Trees" area (a popular local surfing and homeless camping spot) where there are some decent uncrowded beaches.  For bike trail riders there is a very good trail at Pine Trees. The trail starts 50 yards north of the parking lot.

This coastal ride consists of two separate trails, totaling a little over six miles. It is a good trail for beginning to intermediate riders. The trailhead is lava, but quickly changes to a sandy beach road that winds along the coast for 1.2 miles. Several patches of deeper sand will get most riders back on their feet. The trail ends at the Hoona Historical Preserve. Return to the lot and head south, where the road curves, veer off-road to the right and follow the beach trail for 2 miles. During the ride you will encounter a few small rocky challenges. The ride should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Natural Energy Lab is one of the best spots on the island to watch humpback whales. During the every winter ,from December to April, pass through waters off the Kona Coast . To spot them from shore, head down to the Natural Energy Lab, and keep your eyes peeled as you walk the shoreline. Since humpbacks grow up to 45 feet, you will be able to see them for miles when they come out of the water.

Activities & Beach Highlights

The highway gate to Natural Energy Lab Park opens at 6 a.m. and locks up at 8 p.m.
Bike trail
Picnic Tables
Safe swimming for kids

Best Time To Visit

The weather is hot, dry and sunny throughout most of the year, making it an ideal place to play in the winter, but some may find the heat a bit overwhelming in the summer

Directions: Located approximately 6 miles north of Kailua-Kona near the 94 mile marker is a road that leads toward the ocean to the Natural Energy Lab. Take the Natural Energy Lab turnoff about a mile before the airport and stop when you reach the ocean.