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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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Beautiful beach, a little more difficult to access

Makalawena is an incredibly beautiful beach but much more difficult to access -- requires a hardy four-wheel drive to take the shorter driving route there, otherwise plan to walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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121 reviews 121 reviews
29 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Makalawena is an incredibly beautiful beach but much more difficult to access -- requires a hardy four-wheel drive to take the shorter driving route there, otherwise plan to walk the 20-some minutes from the parking area (shoes needed). The hike in is worth the beautiful views, white sandy beach, the quietness (not nearly as crowded as other spots). Because it... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Little bit of a drive, but well worth it. Quiet, beautiful white sand beach. Escape the hustle and bustle of the hotel beaches and relax here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

few people, need 4 wheel drive. photograhy bonanza, not photoshop needed. 3 white sand beaches of such stunning beauty everybody on the mainland will hate you for the pictures that you take. be sure to catch the sunset! bring lots of water and lotion, it is a walk from the parking area, well worth it. the most beautiful beaches on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This beach is simple to find, easy to access (only 100m from the parking lot) and has washrooms and shower nearby. Bring lots of sun screen, shirt and a hat as there are only 2-3 small trees around

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A bit of a hike to get to the actual beach, but the sand and water, once you are there was well worth it!

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Sherwood, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

beautiful white sand beach just north of the airport. Quite and not crowded, it was worth the 30 minute walk from the parking area. Wear good shoes and pack in your food and water

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We took both routes to this beach, the (1) long walk and the (2) bumpy road. If you're in a car, I would turn in at mile marker 89, drive the semi-paved and slightly bumpy road then walk for 30 minutes. Look on google maps and you will see the lava field you have to walk across. It's slightly longer... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Scenic beach with fine white sand, great waves for boogie boarding, and nice shady trees. It is one of my favourite beaches in Hawaii - just beautiful!

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Clearwater, Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Spectacular setting, uncrowded when we were there. Great surf for boogie boards, but a bit of a current to watch for as well as some rocky bits. Water is crystal clear. Beach is fine white sand. Whales and turtles to view... Access is down a rough road to the trailhead, then a walk over the Laval beds. If you have... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The guidebooks and some reviews list this beach as being rather remote and undiscovered. While it's still quiet by non-Hawaii standards, it's become quite popular, especially among the locals, i.e. on weekends. In fact, most people bypassed the first Mahaliua Bay beach and continued on down the lava trail to Makalawena. Also, the 4WD track at the north end is... More 

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