We visited Maakawena beach during our 8 days stay on the Big Island. This is far the best white sand beach on the island. White powdery sand, water has all shades of green and blue, and the lava rocks create just the perfect contrast. We exited between mile marker 90 and 91, the unimproved road was slow going but easy in our rented Ford. We jumped a chain fence on our right (parking is on the left) and hiked north for about 10 minutes. Eventually you will be reaching a beach area with red buildings, pass them and proceed north. At this point you will find yourself on a lava path in between a lava field, we hiked through it with reef shoes but I would recommend doing it with a proper pair of shoes, that was painful and took us about 30 minutes! At the end of the path you'll have to pass some sand dunes and then... the oasis will appear! We reached the beach pretty early (around 10 a.m.) and there was just us and another couple, but they were far enough to make us feel alone. Beach is really stunning, we did snorkel and it was good, even if not the best snorkeling on the island. Beach is too rocky for body surfing. Bring lots of sunscreen and enjoy!
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