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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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Beautiful and Quiet White Sand Beach

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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Thank Chris D
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is a hidden gem just outside Kona, a 15/20 minute drive depending on traffic. The access road is very tough and 4-wheel drive is recommended, but it is absolutely worth the effort to get here. The beach is nestled in a small Bay surrounded by trees providing lots of shade. The water is relatively calm and we even... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This park actually has three very different beaches. Which accounts for some if the variance in the reports. The 1st beach has a parking lot, facilities, course sand and tide pools and waves to watch. The 2nd beach is a 200 yard walk to the right, has ports parities, a long beautiful crescent beach with shade and swimming. Parking for... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Incredible hidden gem that's nice and quiet off the beaten path. Prepare for a 1.5 mile hike in the lava fields (wear sneakers) after you drive on a long unpaved dirt road off the highway. Fluffy soft white sand. Beautiful views. Water great temperature. Only con is you will hear planes overhead going to KOA

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Voorschoten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Beautifull quiet beach hidden behind a resort and a small road. An oasis of peace and tranquility with white sandy beaches and wonderfull turtels on the beach.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Prepare to go through a long lava road with your car (a jeep or something similar is totally recommended) and then a little walk to get here. It's the kind of paradise beach you see in postcards, with turtles, sand, palms and no human. Awesome trip

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Took a bumpy stone road to the beach and was very impressed on the beauty of what we saw. One of the nicest beaches we visited while on the island.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

The sand of the beach is just awesome... the beach is usually empty.. the only inconvenience might be that there are nude persons on this beach. Otherwise, everything is perfect.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

we really did love this beach but it was really difficult to reach, we had a regular car and didn't want to have some troubles with our car rental... so we started to walk since the highway and believe me with the high temperature it was a long walk to get to the first beach... which is already really beautiful,... More 

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