Makole'a Beach

Makole'a Beach
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Phone (808) 323-4322
Address Hwy 19, between mile markers 90 & 91, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
The only black sand beach in Kona.

• Sand Type: Black • Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Scuba Diving • Good For: Snorkeling

Makole'a Beach is about a 15 to 20 minute walk along the shoreline from Kekaha Kai State Park and Ka'elehuluhulu Beach. You're best bet is to park over at Ka'elehuluhulu Beach and walk but if you have a 4x4 and aren't worried about popping a tire on any sharp lava rock bits then you can drive most of the way here as well.

Assuming you're walking from Ka'elehuluhulu Beach, start heading to the left when facing the ocean. The beach is black and white coral at the beginning of your journey, eventually turning into salt and pepper sand. Continuing, the sand turns into smooth lava, which can be difficult to navigate. When we visited, there were markings that helped show the best way to get to Makolea Beach.

The beach was created during an 1801 lava flow and has left a lot of black sand behind over the years. Not many people know about this beach but it's the only black sand beach in Kona and you may have it all to yourself.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are great here a little further away from the beach and only when the ocean is calm. Just remember, if you get in trouble out here you may not be able to get any help.