This Beautiful Hawaiian Beach Is Worth The Hike To Get There

From its palm tree-dotted shorelines and rugged cliffs to the flavorful food, tropical jungles, rich cultural heritage, and mesmerizing waves, it's fair to say Hawaii is a vacation destination with vast traveler appeal. Taking a trip to Hawaii is an experience that could also include droves of tourists at certain times of the year. Between 100,000 and 175,000 visitors make their way to the Big Island on average each month according to Hawaii Guide.

Numbers like these make it challenging to find places where you feel off the beaten path. However, if you're willing to trek for your scenic and secluded reward, you'll find a breathtaking destination at Makalawena Beach. The inevitable challenge of having to hike over two milesĀ from the closest parking area to the south is enough to deter many travelers from attempting to reach this beach. Those who are motivated enough to tackle the distance will find a picture-perfect stretch of shoreline at the end waiting to be enjoyed.

Makalawena Beach is part of Kekaha Kai State Park and the closest access point sits on Highway 19 between markers 90 and 91. You'll turn off onto a lava road and drive 1.5 miles to the parking area. The hike to the beach begins at a gate from which you'll trek north to Mahaiula Beach. Next, hike to the Makalawena Beach trailhead which takes about 20 minutes to traverse. Once you've reached the dunes and the ocean, you've arrived at your final destination.

Inspiring Hawaiian beach activities to enjoy

Once you've completed your hike, the beach fun gets underway. Begin by savoring the tropical scenery with few to no other visitors around to block the view. After hiking, you'll want to cool off with a swim. The water at Makalawena Beach is perfect when the surf is calm.

Snorkeling is also great here, thanks to the coves and lava rock outcroppings to explore. It's a chance to set your sights on colorful marine life below the waves. You can also pick up the pace of your water adventures if you'd like because bodyboarding conditions are wonderful at Makalawena Beach. Additionally, the mountain-facing side of the shoreline is home to a place where coastal birds thrive. Spanning 12 acres, Opae'ula Pond hosts red shrimp and provides opportunities to observe endangered bird species in the wild. You might even spot a wild goat making its way through the surrounding lava fields.

While Makalawena Beach is undeniably beautiful, it's a good idea to be prepared for your visit. Be sure to pack plenty of eco-friendly sunscreen, a hat, water, and sunglasses for your journey. It's important to note that the beach is not attended by lifeguards so you'll want to make sure you check water conditions before you swim to stay safe. The gate at the end of the beach trail locks at 7 p.m. each evening so no matter when you arrive, allow yourself plenty of time to trek those two miles back to your vehicle.