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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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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Just stunning!

A beautiful spot to make a stop and go for a quick swim. Some amazing views. Very tranquil. Just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jens K
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San Jose, California
Beach close to town, but not crowded

A good white sandy beach that allows easy access to good swimming. Somewhat protected so waves are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CountVernon
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Montville, Maine
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (45 reviews)
“white sand” (19 reviews)
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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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"beautiful beach"
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"makalawena beach"
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"white sand"
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"lava rock"
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"favorite beach"
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"wear sneakers"
in 6 reviews
"kekaha kai state park"
in 6 reviews
"trees for shade"
in 5 reviews
"rough road"
in 8 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 8 reviews
"wheel drive"
in 16 reviews
"wild goats"
in 8 reviews
"mauna kea beach"
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"hiking shoes"
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"the big island"
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"turtles swimming"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful spot to make a stop and go for a quick swim. Some amazing views. Very tranquil. Just kick back and relax.

Thank Jens K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good white sandy beach that allows easy access to good swimming. Somewhat protected so waves are normally small. Children were not too challenged getting in. There is a good area for snorkelers along the north end of the beach, where turtles are feeding. The...More

Thank CountVernon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the walk as it takes about 15 minutes to get there over lava rock so it can get quite hot. You have to drive a ways over a mostly unpaved road as well so be careful if there has been a lot of...More

Thank Amanda G
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

30 minute hike over jagged volcanic rock. Wear appropriate shoes for walking on the volcanic rock. It is well worth the trip. Get there early for a great spot. Lots of turtles, even swimming in the ocean. This place is gorgeous!

1  Thank Chandler-AzTraveler
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

Absolutely visit this beach. Completely worth the walk, especially on a weekday when hardly anyone is there. If you have a jeep you can take the rougher road further north and the walk is almost nothing from there. Don't do that road with a car...More

1  Thank mtn_peach
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Reviewed March 2, 2018

Yes it's a bumpy drive in but you don't need a jeep or 4-wheeler to do it. The first set of parking allows a little paved path hike to the beach/bay where we saw a female Hawaiian monk seal. The second parking closer to the...More

1  Thank pamingmire
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Reviewed February 24, 2018

The walk along the lava track may seem uninviting in the heat, but it's worth it! The beach is beautiful and was quite empty when we were there. Definitely recommend!

3  Thank PrincessFi88
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

We spent several hours playing and relaxing at Makalawena. We parked at the local state park area then trekked in. It took us 30 minutes to get from our car to the beach, including over the a’a lava trail, but as others have said, very...More

2  Thank CoffeeandSuhi
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

We saw Hawaiian monk seal and turtles! Perfect spot for snorkeling. I got to swim with a turtle which was literally a foot away. I had to be careful so that the turtle doesn’t come too close to me. Many fish between the corals and...More

1  Thank HM1212
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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

We rented a four wheel drive van and had a driver with nerves of steel.The ride crunching over and dropping up and down over the lava fields had some of our party getting out to walk—it was that intense! I wouldn’t recommend it for the...More

2  Thank Judy R
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David S
February 1, 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
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Bert H
May 22, 2017|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
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William C
January 26, 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More
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