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Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the snorkeling here. It was probably the best that we've had during our entire 10 day vacation. The only reason I did not rate it a 5 is that the boogie boarding was not good at all here. The beach angle is too...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Snow B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our rental car was successful negotiating the bumpy road (barely)! The 20 minute hike to the beach was rocky but OK. The beach was fantastic! Very few people, good swimming & snorkeling.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jnmpete
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I continually saw pictures of this beach when I was researching my trip to Kona and was worried I was overhyping it. It was absolutely beautiful and quiet. There were sea turtles and a monk seal on the walk to the beach, and if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stephshim
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach was ok worth to go, as it was very Rocky road to get to on a compact car. We were so slow as the road were very rocky. But we made it. And it was beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stacyB485
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Clear water, great waves, beautiful lava rock formations, clean beach w/facilities. Not too crowded. Lovely!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EPrita
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

This is probably the most beautiful beach I have been on in Hawaii...takes some effort to get there but so worth it. Make sure you are prepared for the 30 minute walk over the lava field - wear good shoes! Take chairs and a lunch...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank jlharp
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Do yourself a favor and do the hike - most people stop at the beach before Makalawena because they don't want to walk for 20 minutes. But let me tell you it is worth it! Fewer people, nicer sand, nicer water!

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Tessa F
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

You seriously need to know what you are getting into before you do this. First off, the beach is about 2 miles off the main road. The hike there would be over a lava broken road. It took us 30 minutes plus to drive it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
5  Thank nodoor
Reviewed 23 December 2018 via mobile

Yes, its worth the trek across the lava and sand dunes! Beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear water, good waves, and plenty of shade trees.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank firstavefred
Reviewed 25 November 2018

This beach is difficult to access by any vehicle other than a four wheel drive. Hiking into the beach is possible on a very rough dirt road that is probably several miles long. This is only advisable to those that are physically fit and can...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Erica C
23 January 2019|
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Response from Philip P | Reviewed this property |
It's about a mile to mile and a half hike all flat..keep in mind there is a long stretch of lava rock path make sure to have a good pair of shoes.
1 February 2018|
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Response from seven824 | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
Bert H
22 May 2017|
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Response from gailc381 | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.