Kiholo Bay

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Bean-Buggles
Plumsteadville, PA379 contributions
Family
This was by far our favorite experience on the Big Island. We took a dirt road between mike markers 82 and 83 on hwy 19 to get here and parked at the state park entrance. We walked both directions from the parking area. The first day we went left and explored the black sand beaches and did some snorkeling. The trail goes over lots of lava and is rough so wear good shoes. The turquoise green waters are just gorgeous and you will want to take a million pictures to capture the beauty. The second day we went right from our parking area and stopped at the Queens Bath for a dip in the cold fresh water. This can get busy, so if people are there, give it about 15 minutes and you can have it to yourself. Unfortunately, people still use a ton of chemical spray sunscreen (even though not allowed in Hawaii) and the water gets an oily sheen to it. After a dip in the bath, we continued walking past two mansions along the empty black sand beach. We saw turtles swimming in the ocean along the shore. The views were stunning. Eventually we made it to the smaller bay at the end. There is a fish pond and a small arch in the lava to see at the end along with more turtles. Wear beach shoes, hats, and sunblock and bring food/water.
Written August 15, 2021
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RobintheWriter
Dallas, TX91 contributions
Family
We really enjoyed this off the beaten path beach. You park near mile marker 81 and walk about 20 minutes to the beach. You will see a couple of 🐐 in the forest. The beach is nice and clean and not crowded, (probably because of the hike). Walk another 10!minutes and There’s a nice cove you can swim in and the water is gorgeous. We saw several sea turtles snacking in the shallows. Would recommend for kids over 10, you have to walk over dried lava rocks and littlest might get frustrated and tired. My 11 year old loved it.
Written August 10, 2021
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StacyInDC2012
Alexandria, VA898 contributions
This was a great find! After several days of hiking with steep elevation gains a hike along the coast was just what we needed!

At the start of September the access road near mile marker 82 was open and relatively easy to traverse. There were a few rough spots but we drove slow in our SUV rental and saw several cars parked when we left as well.

We started going left from the parking area and like others commented, ended up seeing a family of goats in the wooded area. The water views are amazing and really so are the rocks and plants.

After hiking to the dead end at the black sand beach we turned and went in the other direction from the parking area. We ended up just seeing one sea turtle, sunning itsef just before the big yellow house.

I made a poor shoe choice in wearing hiking sandals - sneakers are a much better option with all of the little pebbles.

Definitely recommend checking this hike out, but follow the guidance on sun protection, bringing your own water and make sure you have the right shoes!

We got out there around 8:30 am and were the only car when we parked and saw very few people unitl the very end of our hike.
Written September 11, 2021
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH1,948 contributions
Couples
We parked near one of the suggested mile markers which took us down an unpaved road for beach access. We did have to walk a little ways past some camp areas to get to the black sand beach. Once there it was pretty private which we liked. It was a nice spot to swim and relax. I would recommend water shoes tho as it was pretty rocky and there was lava rock in the water which was sharp.
Written February 8, 2020
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janicepk
Annapolis, MD1,001 contributions
Couples
You have to be willing to do some walking either way you come into this protected Cove area. We chose to go into the parking lot and walk down the Lava Beach encountering several Turtles on the way. We also looked at the other entrance off of mile marker 81 which seems to be a straighter shot but it was hard to tell if there was a clear path to walk on. Once you reach the Cove there are multiple Turtles swimming in under the wooden bridge to a small protected area. We also swim and viewed other Turtles sunning themselves on the Black Sand Island
Written March 9, 2020
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Tasselled
Los Angeles, CA19 contributions
Wear your sneakers for the hike and consider bringing Tevas or other sport sandal for when when you make your way into the water over rocks. We packed a little cooler and our towels for laying on the broad lava rocks. Just a stunning area made all the more special by the hike you take to get in. Waters are spring fed so you feel the cool from the sand floor mixing with warm from the ocean. I sat out in the middle of the channel, where the water was up to my chest, just taking in my good fortune.
At one point, two turtles left the beach and swam past. We did not approach them and they did not seem to take much notice of the dozen or so people spread out over 30 yards.
Written May 8, 2021
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Dave D
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Tried to drive to Kiholo Bay today and the access road has been completely blocked off. it looks like a dump truck poured a bunch of rocks and sand on the road to stop people from driving down. I'm sure the bay is nice... but we couldn't get there today. Went to Kua Bay instead, since we had already driven to the area. Kua Bay was amazing. A beautiful white sand beach with the clearest water ever. Saw two green sea turtles snorkeling at the reef.
Written April 10, 2021
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trooper92
St. Gallen551 contributions
Solo
I have sent an updated location info to TA as the current map position is wrong. There is a rocky access road from hwy 19 north of Hualalei and south of Waikoloa. Parking is close to the beach, but you have to walk more than a mile to Kiholo Bay along the beach. Wear sturdy shoes as the last part is over young lava flows. Although water visibility isn’t great as sea and fresh water mix here, you want to bring snorkel gear to swim with turtles. They are abundant here, I never saw less than ten whenever visiting.
Written January 13, 2020
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Aimee F
Edwardsville, IL1,248 contributions
Absolutely beautiful area! Parking was a little rough and it was a bit of a hike to get there, but totally worth it. The beach there looks like a postcard for Hawaii. I'm not even sure we made it all the way down to the actual bay, but that entire beach area is awesome!
Written July 3, 2022
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Aly S
Burnsville, MN18 contributions
There is a small pull off and then you hike for about 3 miles to get to the beach access. The hike itself isn't too bad, so if you like hiking, have good shoes on. Despite the hike, I loved the beach.

When you first find the trail you can go left or right. We went right but decided to go back and then went the opposite direction which I am glad we did because we found the path. You pass some private residences along the way, but that is expected. You notice at some point the "beach access" signs". Once you do, you have to go through this path which takes you through some trees and don't be surprised if you see some goats. They are here there and everywhere.

Once you get to the beach, you will be amazed. You might find some sea turtles while there. We saw one sea turtle in the water bobbing up and down. I spoke to another person and they said there was another access point, which I was unaware and they did;t have to walk as far.

We found the black sand beach. It was great! We were pretty much the only ones there with one other family. There is no lifeguard, Be safe. The tides were strong when we went. It's beautiful though.

If you are able to find the other access road without having to walk the three miles, you are in luck.
Written November 12, 2021
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