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Mahai'ula Beach

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Mahai'ula Beach

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Kekaha Kai State Park Highway 19, between mile marker 90 and 91, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Exploring Hawaii’s Big Island can be a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid the stress of planning out all the details with this guided tour that includes round-trip transport, lunch, snacks, and bottled water for your convenience. Because there’s minimal walking distance during this tour, it’s perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels. Plus, if the weather gets dreary, rain gear is provided to keep you dry.
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Jason wrote a review Mar 2020
36 contributions7 helpful votes
First off, this beach is accessible via a mostly rocky and extremely bumpy road. It took us around 20 minutes to navigate to the parking lot from the main highway heading north to Waikaloa. Thankfully we were in an SUV but I felt bad for the Camero and Minivans we passed getting there. Once at the parking lot there is a rocky beach with bathrooms and interpretive kiosks to check out. However, the waves and wind were rocking there plus there wasn't actually any sandy access so we looked north to Mahal'ula Beach and noticed calm conditions so we headed that way. There is a lava rock pathway which leads north along the coast and the walk was about 10 minutes. Once at the beach we found a shaded spot with plenty of sand for getting a quick swim in. There were plenty of other people there and also in the water so we took our 2 kids with us and let them experience the ocean and waves knowing it was pretty safe to enter. We noticed some port-a-pottys on the way to the beach but there weren't any facilities near where we set up our chairs. A good beach that was a bit tough to access due to the road conditions. Probably would only recommend checking it out once during your stay on the Big Island to save your rental car from needing a tow truck. :)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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trooper92 wrote a review Jan 2020
St. Gallen533 contributions150 helpful votes
...but a horrible access road. Wouldn’t recommend to go with a small or rental car unless 4wd or well insured. If it’s not too hot, the ca 1.5 miles are also not too long to walk.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mary P wrote a review Dec 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada160 contributions30 helpful votes
It's best to have a Jeep or SUV to get there because the road is very rough. To get to the beach after parking you have to walk across some lava but there is a path. There are lots of trees and there were 2 monk seals on the beach! There were also turtles on the rocks. The snorkeling was okay.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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D_Otter50 wrote a review Dec 2019
Steilacoom, Washington254 contributions62 helpful votes
This area was recommended by locals an we can see why. The scene is so serene and there is a lot of shade. Beach space is limited if crowded. There are restrooms and showers which are a plus and do tend to bring more folks. The surf was too much to enjoy the snorkeling which I hear is good here. We will be coming back in better conditions.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jean B wrote a review Dec 2019
Oro Valley, AZ95 contributions77 helpful votes
Yes, the drive in is terrible. Potholes abound, but everyone driving in has to take their time... easing between each side of the roadway, easing up a slope cautiously hoping another vehicle is coming up the slope from the other side. But it is worth it. You will see mostly SUVs taking the route, but I got there safely in a Mustang GT, so it can be done. There is a paved parking area with bathroom faciities. A 5 minute walk past some ancient fishponds will take you to the incredible beach. To the right the beach extends maybe a mile around the bay. Big surf when we ere there and very blue waters with many sandy stretches on the shore. Great mix of people: families with kids playing, tourists (awestruck by the beach), locals stretched in beach chairs chatting beneath palms amidst the beauty. And numerous surfers. To the left is a stretch of rockier beach which attracted a number of fisherman with lines as well as toss nets. You can feel that this area is important to the Hawaiian not only in the past, but currently as well. The good part about the bad road is that the beach is not crowded. Agree with your significant other who will be driving and have faith. It is worth it.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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