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Kiholo Bay

Mile Marker 81 on Hwy. 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Nice spot, good swimming

This is an crowded black sand beach with many nice camping spots and plenty of shade. The swimming... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
had the beach to ourselves

we parked on hwy 19 and took the path down to the beach, it took about 25 minutes in the heat but... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2017
Cath O
Wellington, New Zealand
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Mile Marker 81 on Hwy. 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

This is an crowded black sand beach with many nice camping spots and plenty of shade. The swimming is good. Easy access for snorkeling. A variety of fish and lots of old coral formations, some actually living. We didn't hike south to Queen's Bath or...More

Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 22 August 2017

we parked on hwy 19 and took the path down to the beach, it took about 25 minutes in the heat but wasn't a difficult walk, we based ourselves on a huge log for our stay, there was nobody else on the beach. entering the...More

2  Thank Cath O
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Approx 20 minute walk from the road to the beach. Black sand beach with great views and plenty to see. The snorkelling is really good, head from the beach across the bay, we saw a great selection of fish some really beautiful cowrie snails grazing...More

Thank MartinvanRooy
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I loved Kiholo Bay. Hardly anyone was there and if you are willing to hike a little bit, you can easily find your own private beach. We snorkeled with the turtles and the water visibility was so clear that we got great underwater pics with...More

Thank gsxrgal
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A ten minute drive down a bumpy gravel road leads you to the beach access. It's a beautiful black sand beach and you can set up your chairs right there or you can hike along the beach either way. To the left you'll find more...More

Thank CKMtraveller
Reviewed 8 August 2017

It is really discouraging to see how many people come and tell others to come to see turtles. As a result, the place is getting overused. For one thing, if you have a rental car and drive down, you have violated your car rental contract...More

2  Thank Honu_Ohana
Reviewed 6 August 2017

This beach is a little beauty. It is located about 45 minutes from Kona and the approach to it is not easy. This ensures that it is never too crowded. We went there on a gorgeous morning and the beauty of the multi-layered blue of...More

Thank DrMrinmay
Reviewed 4 August 2017

I came in the middle of the day and there was still ample parking. On the beach, only a few people. The beach is so long (little pockets of sand, otherwise rock pools or just rock), there is room for every one. Only little shade....More

Thank Matilda F
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Kiholo bay is a serie of several beautiful beaches, white and black sand beaches. If you come from Kona, the head of the path is several hundred meters after the scenic view on highway 19 direction Kawaihae, on the left you'll see an unofficial parking...More

Thank gil40100
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Swam with the turtles in paradise! This place was awesome once you got there. The hike from the road (mile marker 81) was a bit of a hike but well worth the GoPro footage we got. Highly recommend for those willing to put forth the...More

1  Thank rvostrejs
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10 February 2016|
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Response from Alohikea | Reviewed this property |
It only took is 20-30 minutes to walk down.
23 November 2015|
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Response from Barb C | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others I think you should drive the car down the dirt road it is bumpy we drive a Honda CRV and had no problem but I would not leave it on the road
23 August 2015|
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Response from reller221 | Reviewed this property |
We parked in a pull out area on the side of the highway and hiked in. There are a handful of houses in the area, but it's pretty remote. I don't recall in food shacks or shops.