Kehena Black Sand Beach

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Kehena Black Sand Beach
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Karishma Patel
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This beach is such a hidden gem! My favorite black sand beach! The black sand, sun, dream catcher, trees, shoreline and whales breeching was just spectacular. We watched a baby whale breech for almost half an hour. Just amazing! It was such a relaxing environment, everyone was just enjoying the moment. Clothing is optional, and the day we went the waves were high so needed to be strong swimmer if you wanted to get into the water. If you are in the area this beach is a must!
Written March 27, 2022
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Victoria Tapply
Concord, NH69 contributions
Couples
This is a breathtaking beach! My husband and I came in the rain on a cloudy day and still fully enjoyed ourselves! The beach is clothing optional which is super fun! There are locals who seem warm and friendly - very earthy vibe so you don’t feel watched or judged. BE CAREFUL! The waves are sooo rough!! I would recommend water shoes because there are small Rocks on the ocean floor which makes it hard to gain traction- my husband cut his foot. It is a little hike down to the beach but very easy! There is no cell service and no lifeguards so just be careful and safe! HIGHLY recommend.
Written December 23, 2020
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Nina60859
Madison, WI14 contributions
Couples
Beautiful beach and cove. Trail to get there is a little hard to find, steep but doable. There were about 10 other people there around the same time as us, only one was nude. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for an off the beaten path black sand beach. Did not see any wildlife like dolphins or turtles, just birds.
Written March 14, 2021
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Craig A
South Carolina769 contributions
This beach is pretty remote requiring a longish drive into a residential area. We parked along the street but decided not to take the steep walk down to the beach itself. The sand is black but the waves were quite rough and we wouldn't have wanted to enter the water. There were plenty of people who were nude - both male and female.
Written September 16, 2021
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,880 contributions
Kehena Black Sand Beach has plenty of natural beauty.
I saw a variety of age groups enjoying themselves with or without clothing.
Now, I know where to book a room for a few days to explore that area of the Big Island. There are plenty of places to stay ; Hawaiian Naturist Park, hostel, lodges. There are many hiking trails in that area, too.
Written March 17, 2022
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,197 contributions
Solo
This is a black sand beach and for black sand, it is pretty smooth. It is a steep hike down, but I did it in flip flops. There was quite the eclectic group, families with kids, nude bathers, elderly - and everything in between. It is one of the only places to swim in the area. The waves were really big and crashes close to the shore, but nice place to relax. There is some shade, too.
Written April 9, 2022
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,913 contributions
The beach has a parking lot but it gets full and you have to park further down the road if you want to get to it. The hike down is not a smooth path and once there the sand it more like pebbles and rough on the feet. This is also a clothing optional beach so be prepared for that. Oh and they don't like people taking photos.
Written February 26, 2020
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Whitney
1 contribution
Family
My kids loved this beach. We talked about nuditity before hand and celebration of the human body, how people like to feel the water and sun on their bodies. They learned that some people chose to smoke herbs and it has a strong smell. They were just happy to play somewhere so beautiful and exciting. Every encounter is an opportunity for learning, broadening acceptance, and embracing the moment. This beach was no different.
Written March 14, 2019
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JessicaRadrinks
Portland, OR10 contributions
Couples
Kehena beach is a true gem. I have spend a couple months on The Big Island and I had yet to find a real beach with sand until Kehena, and now I'm addicted. With all the beauty of the ocean and the sand there is also tons of amusement with the local crowd. The beach is clothing optional, and its not really like any other nude beach I've visited. It's mix of of families, young people, yogis, and hippies doing no harm (not just old naked men). It's nothing to be afraid of, just a couple if semi-naked people alive and enjoying the sun on their skin. Every Sunday it's packed at its prime with a true Puna Party. The sand is black and smooth, the beach changes everyday. Somedays it's easy to go swimming in the ocean and others it's a little rough, it's all about the timing with the waves. The sun only hits the beach from sunrise to about 2-3pm, then it passes over the cliff leaving the beach shaded. The beach can clear out about that time in the evening and you can enjoy some seclusion. Occasionally there are dolphins jumping about and some of the locals go and swim with them. The hike down can be a little steep and every changing but any well bodied person can make it down, tons of children do it. If you get the chance, I recommend enjoying this spectacle for your self.
Written June 27, 2016
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myworldexperiences
Mesa, AZ297 contributions
Couples
We were lucky to find a sunny day to spend on this very unique beach. The sand beach and water was glorious. The people were mostly locals with a few vacationers thrown in. About 3/4 were nude, and there was plenty of herbal smoking. The vibe was good, laid back with wonderful swimming and just chilling out. There is a steep climb up and down required that some may find a big challenging. Person at front selling all types of fruits, coconuts, and herbs to smoke
Written March 19, 2018
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