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Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i

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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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Reef and Dolphin Snorkel Eco Adventure

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Second visit just as amazing as the first

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
minhnvu2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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2 Thank Dino R
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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4 Thank Lessa V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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2 Thank Matthew L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

I was glad my wife convinced me we needed a Jeep for our rental on our trip to the Big Island. If nothing else, it paid off seeing this beach. After making the rocky and bumpy journey to the beach, we discovered a beautiful beach that was very secluded. When you approach, there is a place to park where people... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

You will never find this place unless you've researched it as it's impossible to get to via a rental car unless you have a 4 wheel drive and even then it's super sketchy driving down the unforgiving dirt road filled with ginormous potholes. I really don't want to share how to get there as it's one of those hidden gems... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

We walked the 1.5 miles over lava rock and sand dunes to find the most beautiful beach here on the big island. The sand is soft and the water is clear. Brim a snorkel because the reef is protected and there is a ton of fish and coral to see along the rocks.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

great beach with white sand and during week your almost alone.. great place for sknorkeling - I went swimming and there was a turtle just in front of me :) the road to the beach is not really a "road" and I was happy that I had a jeep :)

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