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Summer at Magic Sands… Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

ImageThough you won’t see too many waves like the Magic Sands Onshore Barrel (see last post, Onshore Barrel – Magic Sands) in Kona during the summer, every once in a while a nice swell will come through to excite the masses. These photos were taken at Magic Sands (also known as La’aloa) Beach Park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. In the summer, the beach is filled with fine, white sand, which covers the rocks below and allows for a beautiful, safe walk into the bright blue Pacific Ocean. In the winters however, like “Magic, ” the sand disappears into the sea, swept away by the rough swells and storms, and the black, smooth rocks lying below are exposed. It is usually at this time that young, local kids will identify their skills over their fellow tourist by flying down the face of an onshore wave on a body board. With the harsh conditions and thundering surf, it is no wonder why the ambulance visits Magic Sands Beach all winter long.

But now, summer is upon us on Big Island, and it feels like it is going to be a hot one. The air has been stiff, and muggy, and the sky has been dark with clouds nearly every day. It’s not what most people think about when they imagine Hawaii. But even here, the humidity needs to burst from the clouds and the vegetation needs to reap the benefits of the rain.

However in terms of the surf, summer brings a difference as extreme as night and day. The water is usually calm and gentle, revealing its glorious gleam of cerulean and refreshing sounds of small waves crashing at the shore. The ocean temperature is very inviting in the upper 70’s. The rich, white sand feels like warm goodness on the bottoms of your feet, maybe even too hot to forget the sandals. The water is so clear that if you open your eyes, even without goggles, you will be able to see the brilliant sand beneath your feet and the Weke fish gliding between your ankles.

Beautiful Magic Sands is located near the south end of Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. For those of you that are new to information about Hawaii, Kailua-Kona is located on Big Island, which is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, and currently has an active volcano.

The beach park also offers a parking lot, restrooms, and rinsing/shower facilities. Additionally, the park offers picnic tables and volleyball nets. You can the breathe in the ocean breezes right off Alii Drive, or walk down into the sand and sit back on your beach chair in between swim sessions. But beware of crowds! Get there early, or get there late—going to Magic Sands in the middle of the day is a bad idea as it is usually packed full of locals and tourists alike.

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FAQ

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Traveling in Europe (Austria-->Greece, the Alps)?

I am going to be studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria for the month of June. I will be allowed a few "free days." The longest time I have free is 5 days, and I have the afternoon after classes end (about 5?) to start my trip.
I would love to go to Greece, but I don't know if I will have enough time to get there and enjoy my time there. How long would it take to get there? and will I have time to relax and hit the beaches?
I would also like to climb the Alps, but is it safe to be an unfamiliar climber on the Alps? I have climbing experience, but I'm not sure how much the…

You could take one of those discount flights and be there by dark. then you spend your time.

If you are in Salzburg, and you want to hike the alps, you probably don't have to hike far from your door. Salzburg is pretty much IN the alps. Really beautiful country. And not that far from Switzerland, if you want to cross the border for a weekend, that should be easy to do.

What you really need to do is set yourself up a longer program of study, like a semester or even a year, so you can REALLY get a feel for your town and the possibilities...next semester,…

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