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Address: Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
Phone Number: 8016730220
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beautiful beach not sure it worth the trek

we really did love this beach but it was really difficult to reach, we had a regular car and didn't want to have some troubles with our car rental... so we started to walk since... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Julien V
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Paris, France
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we really did love this beach but it was really difficult to reach, we had a regular car and didn't want to have some troubles with our car rental... so we started to walk since the highway and believe me with the high temperature it was a long walk to get to the first beach... which is already really beautiful,... More 

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Elmwood Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I rented a Jeep just to be able to go to this beach. It's got white sand and very clear water and snorkeling spots. It's awesome. The road to the beach is not paved and parts are still on lava rock, but it's worth the ride or the hike if you decide to visit the north part.... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are two entrances to this gem of a beach! But both entrance ways may be difficult for some. One way requires either a very long walk or your 4WD vehicle to take a beating and the other does not require 4WD, but the hike starts at Kekaha Kai State park (which would mean that you may not stay as... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a local beach with very bad road and a fair walk to the water. the parking is busy and it is advised not to leave any valuable in the car.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This continues to be my favorite beach on the island. Absolutely stunning cove with crystal-clear water and sea turtles resting on the sand. This time there was only one but the last time I was here there were five. My only complaint is that the beach sand is not soft and the rocks in the water can hurt the feet.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

This place is a bit of a hike on the lava rock, but well worth it. One of the nicest beaches you will ever see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

We decided to bypass the lengthy and strenuous hike in from the south. We put in in our stock Jeep wrangler rental between mile marker 88 and 89. The trail is not clearly marked after the 2wd access point ends. Make sure you follow all the forks to the left, and just trust that there is a path (you really... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We researched and went between mile marker 88 and 89. The road is still VERY bumpy, but much more manageable if you're not on a 4x4. We were driving a full-size sedan rental, went about 0-5 mph the whole way (takes about 45 minutes to get down the road), and it was fine, didn't even have a scratch on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

Found this secluded, beautiful beach on the recommendation of some locals and it was absolutely worth the visit. The access road off of 19 can be traversed with a non 4x4, just make sure you have sufficient clearance so that your vehicle won't scrape. We had a Jeep Wrangler and had no problems but also saw many passenger cars at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

It's definitely worth the off-roading and 15 min walk! I would say it's the best beach, we came here everyday. Nobody will disturb you here, very peaceful and very beautiful.

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