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Off Highway 19 between mile marker 90 and 91, Hiking trail near Kona Coast State Park, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We rented a 4wd Jeep so we gussied up the nerve and made the turn off the road in between mile marker 88 & 89. The road was rough but I’d do it again in a heart beat. The beach is worth the white knuckled...More

Thank Kendra B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I actually sailed here and anchored off the beach. The water was immaculately clean and clear! White sand beach, aqua-colored water, and Spinner Dolphins were jumping around for about an hour. The swell can definitely come up here, making all water activities difficult except body...More

1  Thank Paul E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A pretty easy hike to the beach. Small crowd and an awesome beach. On the hike you might come across sea turtles sun bathing on the shore.

Thank Philip P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Maps say 20 minuets walk from parking are:it was less over moonscape like old lava field. Shade trees good sand several ocean entry points and 50 yards off shore lots of fish in blue coral. Lots of turtles on beach and in the water Note...More

1  Thank ballerina_1852
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wear good shoes for a rough walk. When you get there be sure you have your phone ready to take pictures of the sea turtles.

1  Thank Fred M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely area to visit and nice sights to see for the ride. I recommend a trip to take pics and stop along the way.

Thank GD64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So this place is a little off the beaten path but so worth it. Absolutely gorgeous views. The sea turtles roam around the rocks, it's amazing. We would fill our cooler with food and beverage and stay out there all day. It's a little bit...More

2  Thank derekamoore69
Reviewed July 9, 2018

This is my absolute favorite beach on the Big Island. It's worth the drive over rough lava fields to the nearly private beach. If you want to make the trek further down to Maks you can, but why bother, when you can sit under the...More

Thank teomom
Reviewed June 25, 2018

14 years ago, we were the only ones on this beach until the Internet publicized this gem of a beach.

1  Thank sue7124
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Makalawena is a tough place to get to, requiring a local guide and bypassing several 'Beach Closed' signs. It is well worth it - you'll have one of the worlds most pristine beaches to yourself typically.

2  Thank Mitch V
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David S
January 31, 2018|
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Response from Steve V | Reviewed this property |
There are no toilets at the beach. Closest being a 30 min. walk away.
Bert H
May 22, 2017|
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Response from Gail C | Reviewed this property |
I saw only clothed visitors and several young families.
William C
January 25, 2016|
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Response from Kim M | Reviewed this property |
Aloha. The Green Sand Beach is located on the south tip of the Big Island. To access it, you take Hwy 11 South to South Point Road. About 10 miles down the road forks. The Green Sand Beach is to the LEFT at the fork, small... More