A part of the larger Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and Marine Conservation District, Napoopoo landing offers clear conditions and easy ocean entry.
AT A GLANCE
Highlights: a historic landing with water teeming with fish
Activities: Sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling
Warnings: Winter months bring higher surf and stronger rip currents, rough and dangerous conditions. Windy conditions are prevalent in the winter months. Stinging Portuguese man-o-war jelly fish frequent in varying numbers 10 days after the full moon. Do not leave any valuables in your car at anytime. Nudity is prohibited. Launching float craft without a permit is illegal.
Amenities: parking, restrooms
HOW TO GET THERE
Napoopoo Landing is located 25 miles south of Kailua-Kona. From Kona International Airport at Keahole. Proceed south along Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19) for 7 miles. The highway changes from Queen Kaahumanu Highway (19) to Hawaii Belt Road (11) at the Palani Road intersection. Continue south along Hawaii Belt Road (11) for 23 miles. Turn right onto Napoopoo Beach Road. The entrance to the beach and parking lot will be at the end of the road.
Napoopoo Landing is the smaller and less popular swimming and snorkeling site in the greater Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park and Marine Conservation District. Those who prefer to swim and snorkel in a protected corner will enjoy languishing in calmer water while enjoying the multitude of reef fish.
The landing is what remains of what was a bustling shipping center that spanned almost a century. Built by the H. Hackfield and Co, Ltd. German shipping agents, the landing was the arriving and departing point for inter-island steamer ships that were the sole method of inter-island transportation in the 1900's. Steamers shipped everything from coffee to cattle to Honolulu each week.
Today Napoopoo landing is a quiet and inviting area which allows anyone to snorkel or swim by merely jumping off the old landing into the ocean.
End of Napoopoo Beach Road
Captain Cook HI 96704
GPS: 19.473693 , -155.919235