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Worth the trek - watch the access

We just went to this wonderful bay and swam with sea turtles. It was amazing - what was not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Love the wildlife here.

This is a black sand beach great for seeing wildlife in nature. Turtles are the most famous, but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stevensville, Maryland
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Mile Marker 81 on Hwy. 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just went to this wonderful bay and swam with sea turtles. It was amazing - what was not amazing was how to get there. Disregard other posts. Park before or after mile marker 81. If you are facing the highway with the beach at...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank alexisp389
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a black sand beach great for seeing wildlife in nature. Turtles are the most famous, but there are also puffer fish nearby, donkeys, and other animals. A great place to feel you are away from everything except nature.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank davidgraves2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took friends visiting here to this beach to see the turtles that often come up on shore to warm up and sleep. We saw about a dozen of them and large puffer fish in the lagoon.

Date of experience: February 2019
4  Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice bay to stroll on the beach. If you are lucky you may see turtles and an occasional monk seal on the beach. In the park area there are different kind of birds, mongoose and wild goats and donkeys

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Semibum
Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

I loved this place! I hiked down the beach from the mile marker 81 parking lot. Whether you take a left or right along the beach, the views are stunning. Taking a right along the beach and walking about a mile along the shoreline brings...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank usgringa
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Every trip to the Big Lisland invoves turles & snorkeling in the Bay. The creature & the fish.. are woth it. (pick a less crowded time.)

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lee S
Reviewed 7 January 2019

The drive in is on gravel roads, and the coastline is mostly rocky with tidal pools. A lot of trees line the coast so it's easy to find shade here. There's relatively few people but sea turtle viewing is still very much possible.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2018

We went in hopes of seeing green sea turtles but there were none to be found. We arrived fairly early in the morning and had the beach to ourselves with the exception of the people camping near the beach. Lots of goats running around which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 4 November 2018

This place is simply georgeous and so unique. It’s off the beaten path and lots of locals hang out here. I was able to see Turtles resting on the beach. The water was so clear and there was good visibility while snorkeling. I loved it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 359charah
Reviewed 1 November 2018

We loved this place. We were told about it by some locals. It's not well signed at all so we drove by it many times without realizing it was there. We snorkeled and watched a fantastic sunset here. We had the beach area mostly to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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26 June 2018|
Response from Tamara H | Reviewed this property |
The trail starts at the guard rail. Walk towards guard rail and you’ll see trail. Go down trail and enjoy. When you get to ocean turn right and walk along beach trail about 15 to 20 min. Go over rocks and leave. Bring water... More
26 June 2018|
Response from HawaiiNut02760 | Reviewed this property |
The trailhead is just south of the 81 mile marker in the ocean side of the highway. Parking is basically by the side of the road. If you saw the sign about the lava tubes, you were in the right place. I believe the trail... More
10 February 2016|
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Response from Alohikea | Reviewed this property |
It only took is 20-30 minutes to walk down.