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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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Address: 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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Nice stop for a respite

Very beautiful area to just sit and enjoy the beautiful Hawaii waterfront. Stop, take a look and soak in the sun.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very beautiful area to just sit and enjoy the beautiful Hawaii waterfront. Stop, take a look and soak in the sun.

Thank Winggal222
Big Sky, Montana
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You will ruin perfection for the rest of us! (Okay, I meant to say don't go without snorkel gear or you will miss the real beauty!)

Thank UnkaDuke
Portland, Oregon
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We snorkeled with a sea turtle and all kinds of smaller fish. There are plenty of trees for shade. Lots of great coral but not many large seashells. Had a blast.

Thank brigalmcc
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We heard this was the best beach, but it was not our favorite. We had a 4x4 so we did the drive in to the beach, which was quite nasty and bumpy. My husband was excited to use the Jeep on the road, but even he was not looking forward to driving it back. Getting to the beach, we had... More 

Thank thismomtravels4
Costa Mesa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I was told that this was a nice and quiet place by a local and I am so glad I made it there! It's also called KAKAHA KAI BEACH PARK. You need to park by the sign and walk to the beach. The road is rocky and bumpy so regular sedan won't make it all the way to the other... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I almost don't want to review because I don't want people to go and spoil it! This beach is hands down the best beach on the Big Island. It will take some work to get there, but so worth it!! I promise! You can take the lava road off Highway 19 with 2WD, just make sure to go VERY slowly... More 

Thank Amanda Z
Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Good for snorkeling as long as you make it past the locals. 4-wheel drive only and suggested to go with a local family....

Thank skiiby6
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36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Head north past the airport and take the first left after the lava tube. We came by jeep on the rough road to the first beach where you can park. Then walk to the second beach which has some old buildings which were once a resort. Continue across a lava field on a decent path and over a sand dune... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We love this beach. Quite secluded, tranquil and spectacular. It is a hike to get to, but so worth it we make the trek each time we visit HI. Thx Makalawena!

Thank myjohndeerez
Montreal, Quebec
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Makalawena Beach is a jewel of a secluded beach reached after a long 1-1/4 mile trek over a mostly lava path. You first have to drive over a 5 mile section of a "paved" road that is broken up and with deep potholes. Well worth the trip however.

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