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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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Great secluded beach well worth the hike over lava

Great beach! The 20 minute hike over was far better than I expected, but probably not good for older people. It was hot and we brought lots of water. An umbrella was nice to have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great beach! The 20 minute hike over was far better than I expected, but probably not good for older people. It was hot and we brought lots of water. An umbrella was nice to have as there wasn't shade. Beautiful crescent of white sand. We were able to get in the water and snorkel. No restrooms or shower facilities. Pack... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I seriously, cannot believe how good it was. Its is a walk across the lava field for 20 minutes and you're in hevan

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Port Angeles, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I've always been hesitant to walk across the hot lava fields to get to this beach in the Hawaiian heat. Yes, it was rough for me, but hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and you'll be fine. The beach is idyllic in every way. We went early to find a spot in the shade, then off for a superb snorkel. It was a... More 

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Hoersholm, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The road from the highway to the beach is quite rough, we had a 4WD and I would not like to do it in a low vehicle, though I saw several who did it. Walk north from the parking lot it is about 10 minutes to the beach. The beach is very calm and nice, with shady trees and palms... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Once you reach the beach walk about 300 meters to the right (if you're facing the waters). The beach gets way sandier and with lots of shade. It was among the best beaches we saw on the Big Island.

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Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Beautiful beach, nice view, clean, not full of people. If you don't wanna hike, it's necessary a 4 wells drive. But it's worth.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Recently visited this beach, which requires a bumpy dirt road drive and about a 20 minute walk over lava rocks. Yes, the water is beautiful (but too rough to enter the day we were there), the sand is nice, and there are more locals than other beaches...but the secret is out! As we were walking back, the lava rock path... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

If you're sick of the tourist pack beaches or even just the slivers of sand beach, Makalawena is a must! This is only accessible by boat, hike, or 4x4, but I don't recommend 4x4 if you aren't experienced as it is pretty rough. The safer route would be to go to Mahai'Ula Beach (Kekaha Kai Park) and hike in from... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

This places one oof the beaches you see if you are flying into Kona airport. From the plane it looks magical, but it is even better once you arrive to the water and stick your feet into the warm white sand. This romantic place is great for camping, bodyboarding, sun bathing, and watching the sunset. The road is a little... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

You drive down a very rough road to a parking lot. There is a beach (Kona Coast State Park) right there and then you walk further down the beach and walk about 20 minutes over very rough lava. I spend my entire vacations hiking and I have done some long hikes to get a payoff in the end. But, this... More 

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