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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
Phone Number: 8016730220
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Heck of a 4x4 Drive...But WORTH IT!

This white sand beach is gorgeous! The drive there is a little rough because you are climbing over lava rocks. When you arrive to the coast, you are met with black lava rock and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This white sand beach is gorgeous! The drive there is a little rough because you are climbing over lava rocks. When you arrive to the coast, you are met with black lava rock and white corral. Camping spots are available. The beach is a little hike from the parking area. The reef at this beach provided great snorkeling. Can't wait... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We trekked across the lava (20 minutes--felt like 30) on a hot August day to visit this lovely oasis. It was a bit disappointing to arrive and find quite a few "cheaters" who had driven in via a very high-clearance 4-wheel-drive path, but a beach this pretty would have been packed if access were easier. Waters were calm when we... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Getting to the speech requires driving over unpaved roads and hiking for about 15 minutes across a lot of field, but it is totally worth it. The scene that unfolds when you get to the sand is absolutely spectacular. Bring water shoes because The ground under the water is rocky even though the beach is sandy. There is a fair... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Dont' be afraid of the off road. Few steps and you are usually alone on the beach. Do not expect any amenities or bar. Only you and the nature. Great was a lava bench at the beginning of the beach where the waves are washing your feet. Resting turtles are the bonus:)

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited what probably was the most beautiful beach we have ever been to in our lives. The color of the amazingly blue water with the white sand was a take your breath away moment. The snorkeling was truly exceptional and was a bonus we did not expect. Be prepared for the walk through the lava field to get there,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

After driving your car SLOWLY down a lava road (not asphalt), it's about a half hour walk to the beach once you park. Bring plenty of supplies: food, water and for sure wear sunblock (or long sleeves), a hat and sunglasses. Water color is stellar but unfortunately very rough the day i visited. Still had a great time basking in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Spend the day here. Very few people on a Monday I would guess since kids are back in school in Hawaii. Beautiful place, trees for shade and lots of turtles swimming around. Not the best snorkeling on this day since surf was up with the storm. Would come back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Kona is amazing when you first land you think you might be landing on planet Mars! But if you can take in the entire drive around the island it's amazing! Such beautiful area's and lovely beaches with soft soft fragrant air! Love it there and have fond memories. Would go back in a heart beat!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is really worth the effort. It is a beautiful white sand beach with spectacular scenery and not very crowded due to accessibility. The road to the parking lot is lava covered through a lava field and very rough. It is barely passable if low riding car. We had a Camaro convertible rental and had to travel at less than... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Absolutely loved this beach. I had read that it would look like something out of a Corona commercial, and I can truly say it lived up to the expectations. I am surprised so many people talked about it being crowded. My husband and I headed there around lunch time, and at times had the beach completely to ourselves. The hike... More 

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