Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i, Kailua-Kona: Address, Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i Reviews: 4.5/5

Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
4.5
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Tours and Tickets

Popular mentions

4.5
386 reviews
Excellent
301
Very good
64
Average
16
Poor
3
Terrible
2

chesterjibowitz
Spokane, WA209 contributions
Amazing beach! Not easy to access.
Jan 2021
After reading the Dec 29, 2018 post by nodoor, I’m guessing (based on distance/time they mention) they used the north road to access this beach. The south road is better, but you still need to know what you’re getting into. Using the south route, expect it to take about 20 min (one way) to cover the 1 mile from the highway to the parking lot. We made it there in a small sedan, but I would not try it again without a vehicle with more clearance. Once you’re there, you will walk past a small beach (interesting story of an old home built there many years ago) and through a lava field for about one mile. You’ll be on lava rock, so good shoes will make the walk more pleasant than sandals or slippers. The beach itself has several different sections, so don’t just stop at the first one. If you want shade, there are multiple spots where you can find it. If you like to snorkel, bring your gear!
Written 27 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BdMorons
Wisconsin174 contributions
What are rental cars for?
Mar 2021
Beautiful area and a favorite of locals. Although remote still has bathroom facilities. A lot has been said about the road which I think is good as it detours some visitors. We made it fine - it's a rental car, right?
Written 19 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tim L
Portland, OR9 contributions
Great beach, 4WD road is no joke
Feb 2021 • Family
We went on a Sunday and there was a decent number of people, but not over run. Many of the people were not tourists & clearly visit frequently given their day camp set ups.

We rented a Jeep Wrangler and went down the 4WD road. I would not recommend doing this unless you really want an adventure and/or you have some experience driving a serious rocky road.

We made it fine, and at the time of this review was totally doable, but it wasn’t without a few serious considerations about if this was a huge mistake.

The beach is terrific, the kids had a great time — but unless you enjoy a true 4WD experience I would not recommend going that route.
Written 22 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

takemeaway23
Texas298 contributions
Beautiful beach - not that empty
Jan 2021
I went here on a Friday and when I left at 2:00pm, I stopped counting when I hit 100 people. I thought I read that there are hardly any people that come here. Well not on Friday’s. It was still a nice day! It takes about 15mins to drive down to Mahailua beach, and then you walk to Makalawena beach. You don’t have to walk along the water. I did this going there, which is beautiful, but coming back I took the trail and it was much faster. It’s about a 30min walk to Makalawena beach. I hit it lucky, too, saw a monk seal and a turtle, resting on the beach!
Written 30 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,351 contributions
Undisturb
Mar 2020 • Solo
Be prepared for a hike over the lava flows to reach this beautiful beach. The drive is very bumpy so drive very slow. The hike keeps the crowds way, beautiful sand,swimming is safe as long as the water is calm. Make sure to pack your picnic basket with necessities.
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kelly G
Half Moon Bay, CA48 contributions
Hands down, best beach
Feb 2020
Can't believe we didn't make it out here until our very last day! Had we only known! The road is really rough, and takes 20 minutes or so from the highway, so pack a full picnic lunch. There are bathrooms and picnic tables and parking, clearly also a popular spot, as we saw a lot of people braving the road coming in as we were headed out mid-morning to catch our plane. We will definitely plan a day here if/when we return to Kona.
Written 24 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caitlin B
Santa Barbara, CA55 contributions
Gem!
Feb 2020 • Friends
It’s a bit of a rocky drive down to the beach. The worst part might be the speed bumps. It’s okay if you go slow and your car isn’t too low to the ground. Had a lovely time here. They have bathrooms, bbqs, and shaded picnic tables. Easy to spend the day here comfortably. Not too many people, not a lot of safe places to swim.
Written 19 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ryan B
65 contributions
Fantastic beach
Feb 2020 • Couples
Came here 3 times on our stay. Definitely off the beaten path. You’ll need a Jeep to get here on the very rough rocky road to it. Great sand not too busy. Awesome water.
Written 18 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

knobberdirt
Mecosta, MI49 contributions
Great place to spend the day
Mar 2019 • Couples
Late review visited February 2019. We spent the day here and loved it. We saw turtles, fish and a Hawaiian monk seal. What a pleasant suprise that was. Bring a lunch and sunscreen. It's among walk but well worth it. Very quiet and peaceful. Pretty cool story about the history of the property.
Written 9 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ray B
Incline Village, NV22 contributions
One of the loveliest beaches on the Kona side of Hawaii.
Nov 2019
A beautiful place, but the walk from the car is lengthy and can be hot, making it difficult to carry umbrellas and cooler chests.
Written 30 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 334
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing