Honomalino Bay

Honomalino Bay, Milolii: Address, Honomalino Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Honomalino Bay
4.5

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Marleen
1 contribution
Hard to get to at high tide
Dec. 2020 • Couples
We got confused at the beginning of the trail. If you go to your right (closer to the water) from the parking lot, you hit water. Thought we had taken the wrong path. Turned around and took the path up to the left, full of “no trespassing” signs. Other reviews I had read said you will see no trespassing signs, but that there’s an easement, so I thought it still might be okay. Walked past some barking rabid looking dogs and shanties straight out is “Deliverance” until we were turned around by a local who told us we were on the wrong path. Turned around again. Took the path on the right and hit water. This off our shoes and waded in in our snorkeling boots. Don’t try this barefoot. Lots of lava rocks. You have to wade less than 50 yards. Then put your shoes back on and the rest of the trail was pretty intuitive. Once we got there it was nice. Not spectacular, but nice. Okay snorkeling.
Written 21 December 2020
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Rae W
Kingston, WA36 contributions
Out of the way beach - amazing!
Dec. 2019
1st off, there is a hike - about 25 minutes. This is an old Hawaiian village so respect the locals. It is not Waikiki! Finally, bring water and be ready to pack out what you brought in (garbage included).

The hike in is an experience in itself. One walks by a beautiful (and private bay) and through some water. There is a great walk through the forest then over a lava flow then more forest before you get to this secluded beach.

We hiked there in the morning on a Saturday and there was only one other person (Hi Richard!) there. Water was great for swimming and snorkeling in the waves and there were dolphins hanging out in the bay. And thanks to Richard, (borrowed a spear) he tried his hand at spear fishing. Later on more people showed up and swam around with them. Amazing!

If you are looking for a nice hike, a seculded beach (at least when we were there in the morning), and something unusual, this is your place!
Written 28 December 2019
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TravelinJenn
Portland, OR17 contributions
Fantastic Beach for Non- Wusses
Feb. 2019
We loved visiting this blackish sand beach. The hike in is moderate and the snorkeling once you get there is fair. The secluded nature and picturesque scenery is reason enough to go to this beach. If you don’t get there early, be sure to pack in an umbrella.
Written 15 February 2019
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jimdandyofor
Bend, OR174 contributions
Not Worth the Trip
Oct. 2018 • Friends
This is a very local/native community and that is made clear by the vibe at the parking lot, which is their bbq and hang out area. You literally have to walk the line between ancient fish ponds and keep out signs on the back of their houses to get there which is nearly impossible at high tide as the path us under water. Very uncomfortable. It's about a 30 min hike each way to a grey sand beach, no frills. Much better options closer to town or north that don't intrude on one of the last native areas. I love hikes and adventure, but leave it to them, it's clear that's what is dedired and feel we should respect that.
Written 17 December 2018
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Michael N
62 contributions
The real Hawaii
Jul. 2018 • Couples
One of Hawaii Island's most beautiful black sand beaches! The first thing you need to know is that there are no facilities of any kind at this beach. Be sure to take plenty of drinking water and anything else you think you might need. Visitors to Hawaii always say they want to see the real Hawaii well this is it. Respect the locals and their rules. I don't recommend visiting on a weekend or any major holidays because it will be crowded with local families enjoying their time off. I went on a week day and the beach was nearly deserted. Perfect. Stay on the marked trail leading to the beach. There are many hand painted signs marking private areas along the way so be sure to respect boundaries. But most of all if you encounter anyone along the way show some aloha smile and say hello. Be sure to take any trash out with you as well. The water is beautiful but be sure to check the tide because the water can be a little rough. Wear hiking shoes for the trail and bring rubber slippers for the beach because black sand gets very hot in the sun.
Written 16 July 2018
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Melful
Papa26 contributions
Honomolino Bay
Apr. 2018 • Family
This is a beautiful black sand beach bay from a boat but a walk through private properties along the coast. Not recommended for visitors. Ho’okena is a much better option
Written 2 April 2018
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wvlivingston
Brevard, NC944 contributions
Beautiful Secluded Beach
Mar. 2018 • Couples
We 1st visited this beach because of its closeness to Ocean View where we were staying for 4 weeks, and fell in love with it -- making 5 visits. It is an idyllic setting: about 150 yards wide, framed in lava flow on both sides, black sand, lots of palm trees. The snorkeling is good on either along the lava flow walls on both sides. The surf is enough to be fun but was never treacherous. The most people there on any of our visits were 10 (counting us), and often during our visits, it was only the 2 of us. Unless going in by 4WD from the south, the access is from Miloli Park, down a narrow 5 mile drive off Hwy. 11 and a one mile/20 minute hike in. The parking lot can be crowded on weekends. Go between the basketball court and church and follow the narrow path. It is marked, but you have to watch for the markings. Stay on the path and honor the posted signs on both sides of the path. The path includes some uneven lava flow, loose rocks and tropical vegetation but is an easy walk otherwise. It can be done in good walking shoes or sandals, but would not recommend flip flops.
The journey is well worth the surprise at the end.
Written 29 March 2018
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Scott H
Hudson, MA86 contributions
Nice beach, fair walk, nervy drive
Jan. 2018 • Couples
The beach is beautiful, usually sparsely populated. The drive down to Milolii is a bit nervy. One-ish lane road with a lot of turns. The walk in is interesting, path is flanked by keep out signs. There is a part close to the beach with some incredible cacti/succulent plants that look like thousands of snakes on the trees and ground. Pretty cool. Once you get there it has a lot of sand, the surf was strong the day we were there, and there are no bathrooms or other facilities. Plan to bring water, food, whatever you need.
Written 19 January 2018
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Nazsnaz
Livermore, CA591 contributions
Secluded beach
Aug. 2017 • Family
While visiting the big island of Hawaii our family went to Honomalino Bay. This beach is secluded and requires a medium length hike to get to from the fishing village of Milolii. Beautiful beach ringed by palm trees.
Written 5 August 2017
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mom_beeler
West Valley City, UT2 contributions
Nice quiet beach
Jan. 2017 • Family
This little black sand beach was so quiet and peaceful. We saw maybe 4 people while we were there. The sand is course near the water so water shoes would help, the sand also gets very hot, We tried snorkeling but the waves were fairly large. Great swimming and relaxing. Hike is about 20 minutes and you get to see some cool plants in the rain forest area. Be respectful of the graveyards you pass they are sacred to the locals, We loved our stay in Milolii. Drive slowly through the town because there always children playing and the little road goes through a local neighborhood, Take water and snacks. Enjoy!
Written 1 February 2017
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