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“One of the best kept secrets on the Big Island”

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
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US$123.96*
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Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park and Bee Farm
Ranked #8 of 135 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Everyone seems to know about Volcano National Park, but ask locals and tourists alike about Kaloko-Honokohau National Park and, even if you pronounce it correctly you're likely to get get blank stares. Nestled between Honokohau Marina and the the Kona airport this small National Park is an absolute must see.

The visitor center is located right of of 19/11 with easy parking. For those you who collect passport stamps there were quite a few extras including a turtle stamp. This park participates in he Junior Ranger program.

The main trail down to the beach was under construction we we drove down to the marina and "hiked" in from a marked "K" gate. I put "hiked" in quotes because it's well marked, flat, sandy trail, is more a apt to be described as strolling than hiking.

There's actual several beach parts of the park, but the fish pools and sea turtles are the main attractions. The turtles were amazing and plentiful.

You should give yourself at least 1 to 2 hours if you drive and 2-3 hours if you take the path from the visitor center.

It's also a great place to lay out at the beach and it's not crowded at all, in fact, no one seems to know about it!

It's a worthwhile stop!

3  Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Just returned from this beautiful place, we only went to end closest to Kona, just three miles from town, take turn to boat harbour and follow road around to right. Plenty of parking in boat car parking. Short walk, 5minutes to beach. Only 3 other couples on beach when we arrived. Not suitable for surfing as fairly shallow, good for small children, nice and safe. Saw at least a dozen sea turtles in the time we were there. One came up on beach, and the rest were in the water near our feet. Please be aware that you need to keep your distance to protect these beautiful creatures. Good amount of shade under trees. Toilets available. No food/ water. Another couple said they had been here a week and wished they had found this place earlier as they wouldn't have gone elsewhere.

2  Thank Bronwyn18
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This place is one out of the books. It's paradise on earth. A very positive thing is that it is not crowded. You can walk all by yourself without bumping into a living soul. That is also the reason why you can enjoy the fauna and flora. Birds and turtles populate the beach.

1  Thank KurtD3
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I have been to plenty of National Parks in my life. Kaloko-Honokohau National Park is just wonderful. Take your time and really look at all this park has to offer. Take a tour with a guide who can point out the many plants, animals, fish, and beaches this unique place has to offer. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

All national Park sites are excellent as was this one, with helpful staff and great, well maintained properties.

1  Thank tomkreider
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