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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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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Ranked #3 of 34 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Ballarat, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This Beach is gorgeous. We drove a 2wd slowly out there. The scenery is quite eery with all the lava rocks but oh when you get to the end it's beautiful. Sand, trees, shade turquoise water! Well worth it!

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Bend, Oregon
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259 reviews 259 reviews
62 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is an adventure. Wow what beautiful turquoise water, it's mesmerizing. The sand is so soft. The snorkeling is fair to good but advanced be careful if surf is up. We've been to the Big Island many trips to Hawaii and this a picture perfect beach. Getting there makes it all part of the adventure. You take the bumpy road... More

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Indiana
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We took our 2 wheel drive GM vehicle down the terrible dirt road to the parking area for this beach. Yes, our car made it but it was rough so very slow going. We then headed north on the trail. There are several cove areas with shade but we kept going until and came across a sand dune area until... More

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California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This beach is truly paradise found. It was as though my husband and I were the only two people on the earth. Too beautiful for words or pictures. The trek out there is not for the young, elderly, disabled or those in a low profile vehicle. The road was a bit rough getting there and then you keep on walking... More

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Los Angeles
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230 reviews 230 reviews
170 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The bumpy drive down is worth it. After a short walk (not a hike) you get to an amazing, quiet, beautiful, sandy beach. It has lots of trees for shade and the water is so warm. Careful though because although the beach isn't very rocky there are some in the sea, not alot but when you kick one it can... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Do not miss this beach if you are a true beach lover. The hike there is ok, if you're lucky you'll see the goats! It's magic.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Like other reviewers mentioned, it is a beach you need to work for to get there, but the reward is a breath taking, all natural, secluded beach with a long stretch of creaming white sand and clear water. Don't be deterred by the "hike". It's not a hike, it's a walk. A walk on nothing but black, crumbles, rough, lava... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

By far the most beautiful white sand beach on the island. Be prepared for treacherous off-road driving and a decent hike to get there. If you're in for the haul, though, you'll be rewarded with a private and pristine beach.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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143 reviews 143 reviews
69 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a nice hidden beach that doesn't get a lot of traffic due to the rough road leading into the park. It is worth it to forge on down though as there aren't many people there. Also, if you have a Jeep, take the 4x4 trail to the southwest to get to the black sand beach.

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you don't mind a 20 minute car ride over a very rough lava field in your rental car and then a 20 minute hike to get there then you are in for a serious treat. This remote beach wedges in between two 100 year old lava flows and is one of the nicest beaches I have ever been on.... More

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