Kailua Kona Makalawena – Pu’u Ali’i Bay

Harbor in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Photo by: Eric Guinther, Creative Commons

One of the main reasons why people go on vacation is to escape. Another frequently cited reason is mere curiosity for what the “outside world” has to offer them. Adventurous people are usually the ones who proclaim that they go on vacations to explore beyond their comfort zones. These are the ones who do without the guide books and go with their instincts when it comes to scouring interesting locations during their short reprieve time from reality. This kind of lifestyle has its upsides and downsides, so unless you’re really game to roughing it out then you might as well seek the comforts of a luxury resort instead.

Now the beaches of Hawaii are famous all over for making its guests feel rest and relaxed with their combination of modern amenities set against a lush, tropical setting. Yet there are still a lot of undiscovered or lesser known beaches in the area that are worth checking out if only to experience a natural beach in its untouched state. Venturing to the western city of Kailua Kona’s Makalawena/Pu’u Ali’I Bay is one of those very rare areas that are rarely visited by the tourists who prefer the comforts of beaches with easier access points. It can take you 15 minutes to reach this area coming from the northern parking lot of Kona Coast State Park by foot. Your efforts will be rewarded by the sight of its beautiful shoreline with near-white sand.

Just because it’s one of the secluded beaches around doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do here. Just a few yards from the shore are large shallow-water coral reef that can be enjoyed by snorkelers. Aside from the thriving coral reef, there are sea arches and caves which you can explore as well. If you’re in the mood for an honest-to-goodness vacation then you’ve just found the perfect place for you.

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