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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
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Wonderful Beach and Experience

We love this beach. Quite secluded, tranquil and spectacular. It is a hike to get to, but so worth it we make the trek each time we visit HI. Thx Makalawena!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We love this beach. Quite secluded, tranquil and spectacular. It is a hike to get to, but so worth it we make the trek each time we visit HI. Thx Makalawena!

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Montreal, Quebec
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Makalawena Beach is a jewel of a secluded beach reached after a long 1-1/4 mile trek over a mostly lava path. You first have to drive over a 5 mile section of a "paved" road that is broken up and with deep potholes. Well worth the trip however.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, you will need to make a pretty bumpy trip across the lava fields to get to the parking lot, then get ready for a hike to get to the actual beach. If you persevere, you'll be rewarded with an uncrowded beach with gorgeous views and great snorkeling. We saw several varieties of fish, and sea turtles! The beach is... More 

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Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our favorite beach setting on the island. The road to get here is brutal...but a car can make it going slow through the rough patches. Great tidal pools for the kids to catch and spy sea critters. Beach is amazing, water crystal clear. Shade abundant and picnic tables around. For a Saturday felt like it was still pretty low key.

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Princeville, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's about a thirty minute hike to get there, over some jagged volcanic rock. There is a path to follow so not too bad, but once you get there the place is gorgeous. Go early enough and you'll have the entire Beach to yourself. Make sure you have some sneakers on. Flip flops will be tough. Getting to the path... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pure bliss. Clear water, white sand and great views. Prepare for a somewhat rough drive over a rocky road and a half hour walk over jagged lava rocks (bring good footwear as flip flops can be tricky.) Also, keep walking - there's a few great beaches but you wanna make sure you find the perfect one!

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Ellsworth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The road in from the highway is awful - hard to avoid bottoming out your car. The parking lot was sparse about 9:30 am but full with several dozen cars by 11:30. You can walk straight ahead for a coarse sand beach or head across the lava fields for a 1.5 mile trek and hope the tropical breezes are blowing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The drive in is very bumpy and isn't safe for all vehicles so take that into consideration. Once you park, the walk is longer than expected (approx 1.5 miles) but so worth the trip. Beautiful sandy beaches reward you after the long walk. Bring tennis shoes for the walk in, pack light, and plan on spending some time enjoying the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

The beach itself is very quiet and beautiful. Go early in the morning and you will have your pick of several choice spots. Several trees and other vegetation to provide shade if you would like. The sand is beautiful and the water an incredible shade of blue. Very clean. The hike over the lava was a little longer than we... More 

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Shanghai Region, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Loved this collection of beaches. They offer something for everyone's tastes. The road in could pose some issues, but once your in its all worth it.

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