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Kekaha Kai State Park

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Stunning beach

This was the most beautiful beach we visited during our stay in Kona. It is tricky to get to with a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
Fun but bumpy ride. Great beach.

Take the road through the lava flow to this beach. The swimming is hit or miss depending on surf... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Ashland, Kentucky
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  • Average6%
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“great beach”(11 reviews)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 6, 2012

I agree with an earlier TA review in that this is a lovely beach to visit and only a short distance North of the Kona Airport ('though you feel very secluded here and besides, it was fun watching the commercial airlines "float" into the airport)....More

7  Thank Bruce L
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 27, 2014

We thought we would stop at this 'beach' on our way north from Kona. When heading North out of Kona (on the only highway) its about a 20 minute drive and you'll see a road turning left around mile marker 90. It's the only road...More

4  Thank Love2travel19892
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the most beautiful beach we visited during our stay in Kona. It is tricky to get to with a 10 minute slow drive off the highway. The road is bumpy and rocky and unpleasant. The walk from the car through lava rocks is...More

Thank chelsea69
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Take the road through the lava flow to this beach. The swimming is hit or miss depending on surf. It’s a beautiful view regardless.

Thank Mudfoot4
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Getting to the beach is half the fun. The road is extremely rough and in my Mustang convertible, driving was a chore. The beach is a mixture of sand and lava. If you are looking for fine sand and a place for children this is...More

1  Thank Tom W
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

This park is to the North of Kona Airport and the day we went, from the road driving in, we could see the most unbelievably beautiful emerald-green water. There were only porta potties, but had running water to wash off the sand, and the day...More

Thank Larry D
Reviewed August 26, 2018

This was our favorite beach spot during our most recent trip. The beach is gorgeous and relatively empty. Yes, the road to the beach is rough and honestly, I laughed at those attempting it in regular rental cars. It can be done but it's not...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Kekaha Kai State Park is large but relatively undeveloped beach park north of Kailua-Kona. Formerly known as Kona Coast State Park, the name Kekaha Kai comes from the Hawaiian phrase ke kaha kai, meaning "the shore line." This region has some of the best beaches...More

1  Thank Arun K
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Pros: great and quiet beach that’s not too crowded. We saw a few turtles as well. Perfect spot for quiet. Cons: the unpaved road is very rough. Additionally, the park closes at 7pm. We got to the park closure gate at 7:10pm and the gate...More

3  Thank Mark-Anthony J
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Came here on a Wednesday and enjoyed having the beach to ourselves. It’s mostly a salt and pepper beach

Thank Keysfly
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

This beach was beautiful! However, the roads getting there were very bumpy and. could easily damage a smaller car the waves were also very high and rough. The view is pretty, but not worth the drive.

Thank WanderingWimmers
Reviewed July 5, 2018

There are at least two entrances to Kekaha Kai State Park, so be sure to visit the Manini'owali Section. This is the "postcard" beach you're looking for! Perfect white sand and clear, blue water. The snorkeling was fantastic! Swim slowly around the few rocks to...More

Thank PJohanson
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September 16, 2018|
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I tried Google, searched for Kekaha Kai state park, dog friendly and got a website - quote "Dogs may join their owners on the premises but must remain leashed and must also refrain from entering any bodies of water. There... More