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“Most Beautiful Beach”

Makalawena/Pu'u Ali'i
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Reef and Dolphin Snorkel Eco Adventure
Ranked #23 of 134 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

This beach is, hands-down, the most beautiful place that I have ever visited.

A small portion of the excitement is based on the long journey you have to make to get there. Try to find a trick, because I certainly did not find one. I parked WAY WAY out by the highway (to the southeast of the beach), thinking that I could not drive over the bumpy road at all. In retrospect, I should have gone further before parking. Unless they have changed things, there are two or three parking lots along the way, each an indicator that the road ahead is getting even worse. When you get close to the coast, you turn right along a path that leads north. From there, you follow a trail to a VERY BEAUTIFUL beach with a weird abandoned house next to it. That's not the beach. Pick up the trail at the north side of this beach again and follow it through the lava rocks (I hope that I don't get anyone killed) and eventually you get to the actual beach. There may be another way to access the beach from the north or northeast which is easier.

1  Thank Luke D
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

It's quite a trek to get there, you feel bad for driving your car over the unpaved lava rock road. Then you still have to hike about 20 min to get there...it's so worth it! The sand is fine and white and during the week you'll find hardly anyone else out there.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

After about 10 trips to Hawaii on three islands I will confidently say this is the most picturesque beach, and getting there makes it all part of the adventure. We rented a jeep on this trip expressly to drive the road to this beach. The road seemed to be in a bit better shape since we were here three years ago. No problem for the jeep and last time we made it in a sedan but very nervously. Head down the path on the right and keep going past the first beach you come to for a stretch of a laval path till you get to heaven. As others have said, the walk in is longer than you think. Best to wear runners as the last part of the walk is lava. About 30 mins walk. But all worth it.

3  Thank AandB1015
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Paradise found, but you need some effort to get here. Forget the4WD unless it’s a Hummer. Even then the local boys were taking it steady. Longer walk than you might think, but what a beach. Absolutely idyllic, and lightly used.

1  Thank MauiBuilt2011
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We walked to this beach from Kekaha Kai Beach Park. We parked just off the "road" and walked across a lava path until we got to the first beach. Then walked through the sand past the Magoon house, tripped through an a'a lava field, slogged through more sand...and found paradise.

There were a couple of spray painted notices on the lava stating that it was a nude beach (everyone we saw had bathing suits). There were also several official looking posted signs that stated it was a private beach owned by Kamehameha schools though no one seemed to pay any attention to them.

We must be slow, because it took us 40 minutes to reach the beach, which was about twice as long as we had heard. We were extra careful on the lava (we were certain that if we fell, the resulting injury would require stitches), but we passed other people, so I know we weren't the slowest. Our group ranged in age from 10 to 40.

There were very few people on the beach and plenty of room for everyone. The surf was high the day we were there and it wasn't good for swimming, but great for body surfing. The sand was soft and fine. There were a few large rock formations, but nothing that impeded beach play. The sand near the dunes on the way into the beach had some thorns and burrs, but they didn't make it on to the beach. Towards the north end, there were a few people with vehicles parked, so I'm sure there's another way in, but most everyone walked in from Kekaha Kai beach. There was shade and even picnic tables on the north end. There are not any bathrooms, and no drinking water available, be prepared to take whatever you will need.

Most of the other people left in early afternoon and we had the beach to ourselves for at least an hour. Walking back sandy, damp, and salty wasn't fun, but we would go back to the beach again. Be sure to leave the beach before sunset, you don't want to have to find your way across that a'a lava in the dark. Wear good sandals or shoes. We had hiking sandals with toe protection, and we were glad.

5  Thank Hansonfam
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