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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
Phone Number: 8016730220
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The most beautiful beach.....extraordinary in every way.....including the dynamite off-road trip to get there!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Boise, Idaho
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119 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Using Big Island Revealed as our guide, we parked on the highway between MP 88 and 89 as instructed. This route put us roughly 2.25 miles one way down to the beach via 4wd road. All good as we are ok with hiking but obviously there is a much shorter route as others have described in their reviews. Beautiful clear... More 

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Wervershoof, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Makalawena beach is part of the Kahaika beach park situated just north from the Kona airport. Once you reach the park entrance, the road to the Mahalai beach turns out to be across a lava field and is not paved. It can be done without a 4wd but is rather bumpy. Once you reach the beach you can either stay... More 

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Thank Whaledreamer
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most beautiful beach.....extraordinary in every way.....including the dynamite off-road trip to get there!

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Thank Kathleen K
Fountain Hills
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52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really nice white sand beach. It is a challenge to get to but well worth it. Take your time coming in. Any car can make it IF YOU TAKE IT SLOW and Avoid the largest of the pot holes. Parking is a little tight.. Long beach so you can space out and have your own plot of sand.. My wife... More 

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Snow Bound Canuck
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107 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ventured out to Makalawenp/Pu'u Ali'i Beach yesterday and both fell in love with it. First thing: you don't need a 4x4, even the 4x4's on the road to the parking lot had to drive almost as slow as the normal cars (we were in a minivan). The road is bumpy, but more like a 1.5 mile stretch of potholes... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beach is very nice, big and quiet. We could see whales further in the water, and turtles swimming around. The sand is soft and white. Easier and a lot faster to get to with a 4WD, but it can be done with a smaller car. The walk to the beach is about 1.5 miles.

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Libertyville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite beach on the entire Big Island. Why? First because it is a challenge to get there. You have to drive on 4 miles of the roughest, bumpiest road imaginable. It is so bumpy that my FitBit counted steps as we bounced along! You can do it in any car but TAKE IT SLOW! After... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this nice white sand beach during our first day in Kona and came back the next day with our snorkeling gears. We saw some nice fish and coral reefs while snorkeling. We even spotted a green turtle feeding on the ocean floor and was able to film her with our Go-pro. There is about two miles of unpaved... More 

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Boston
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56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

You have to hike in and out and have a 4wd to get to this beach and the reason why not a lot of people go, especially with families. Wear sneakers for the hike since you are walking across lava rocks!

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Decided to explore the "best beach on the Big Island" on Christmas day. It did not disappoint. It is breathtaking and not crowded. The breeze, shade and soft sand made it an ideal location. We did not want to leave!

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