Honomalino Bay

Honomalino Bay
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Phone (808) 323-4322
Address Milolii Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96704
A black sand beach that is great for snorkeling.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Sand Type: Black • Parking: Street only • Good For: Dolphin Sightings • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Swimming

Honomalino Bay, or Honomalino Beach as it's also called, is one of the hidden beaches that's worth stopping at in the Captain Cook area of Hawaii's Big Island. It's a relatively unknown black sand beach with amazing views.

It is accessible by a twenty minute walk on a trail that starts at Miloli'i Beach Park at the bright yellow church. Drive to the end of Milolii Rd (you'll see the yellow church). From here, you'll see a sign that will lead you on a path to Honomalino Bay, which is rocky and can be a bit sketchy in parts. The trail is covered with ironwood trees. Be sure to follow the trail which has more clearing. It's easy to goof up and head to the wrong brushy dead end.

Honomalino Bay is the quintessential Hawaiian beach. Long and curved beach with palm trees, a perfect hideaway beach. It's easily what you'd call a secret beach since it's not easy to access. Swimming and snorkeling should only be done when the ocean is calm, never swim alone.

If you continue a couple hundred yards beyond the beach, there's a small cliff with another small beach, and a house above it with a house a sign that says no trespassing. Beyond that, the trail gets very treacherous and eventually is too difficult to travel without potentially ripping your body up if you fall on the razor like lava. So, although you may want to continue hiking beyond Honomalino Bay Beach, don't. You've already reached your prize.