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Yes, bring enough water. No, it's not like Hunger Games where everything try to kill you as written down below in other review. Yes, it's really humid. No, don't skip this hike. I'm 33 years old average hiker with beer belly and took us (with my girlfriend) 35 minutes down and 43 minutes back. Interresting hiking but more than that, great for snorkeling. We saw 20 dolphins playing and jumping from water and swam with them. Don't be affraid and just enjoy the show if you are lucky. It's remain a hik, not a walk in a park.

Tons of fun - jungle, ocean views, crystal clear water and a historical monument.

Amazing and beautiful. A must see. And check out the beautiful bench on the other side of the beach made for sunsets :)

hiking
5 days ago

trail running
5 days ago

Agree with comments on technicality of trail for running... had to go slower due to roots and loose rocks (although volcanic and grippy), yesterday’s rain made for slightly slippery terrain. Beautiful and convenient!

No a hike, just a parking lot with a waterfall.

Not much of a hike but an absolutely amazing waterfall! Unfortunately your not able to get very close to it but definitely worth checking out.if your spending any time on the big island.

Short trail with amazing views! Steep walk down to the shore. The surf is heavy and the beach is rocky but it really is something special to look at with all of the dramatic cliffs sides.

At the head of this trail is a sign that states and I quote “ bring plenty of water, approximate hiking time 2-4hrs”
Please take this sign literally and seriously! Do not attempt this hike as we personally witnessed today if you are +60 yrs and not in good shape, have no water with you, wearing sandals, long summer style dress or convinced to do so by someone who is into hiking and YOUR NOT! Took myself who is not a strong hiker, 3hrs 15 min to go to the bottom and come back. Top of the trail is overgrown with tall razor grass and brush. If you have ANY issues with spiders, bugs, this is NOT the hike for you. If it’s raining or you don’t have proper footwear, do not attempt! The trail at the top is smooth rock that would be slippery if wet, bottom of the trail is mainly loose rocks. Remember for every step down the trail, there is an equal number of steps out. Although I made it in and out, my hiking partner (wife) only went 3/4 of the way because she knew her limitations.

Pretty jungle trail!

Bring LOTS of water and proper footwear....

Attempted to trail run this, but it was way too technical for us, ended up run/hiking 5 miles on the various trails. It was beautiful! You become immersed in the jungle, then pop out and see cows grazing next to the property, are greeted with lava mountain roads, and then can become immersed into the jungle again! Super beautiful, quiet (except for all the birds!) and perfect for an early morning run/hike. Lots of roots/overgrown paths, but completely worth it.

Très beau trail, nous l'avons fait en après midi il faut compter à peu près 2h30. La remontée est sportive car plein soleil et avec une bonne montée la végétation est dense sur la deuxième partie. Ce spot permet avec de la chance, d'apercevoir voir de nager avec les dauphins. Un beau spot de snorkeling (cassdédi à bat et rom). A faire !

on Makuala O'Oma Trail

hiking
15 days ago

A nice quiet trail to take the dogs hiking on. It is not far from town but cooler, so good for a couple hour adventure, depending on how many side trails you want to go down.

We really enjoyed this trail. It was 16 degrees cooler than Kona when we arrived there. Felt good but soon became quite humid in the forest but that did not take away from our enjoyment. We hiked a loop of about 1.8 miles according to my phone tracker. Beautiful flowers, ferns & singing birds & literally no annoying bugs. Wear shoes as there are lots of rocks & roots & you either have to go uphill on the way in or out depending if you start clockwise or counter clockwise on the loop. May rain on & off so be prepared. Shaded in the forest all the way. Trail is not marked & there are a few off shoots so this app was helpful to keep us on the loop using the gps.

amazing views!

It was worth the hike to snorkel in this bay, we did get caught in the rain hiking out.

This hike is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the Great views and snorkeling. Save water and energy for the hike out.

hiking
29 days ago

slippery because it rained. better go barefoot than in flip flops (as we've seen people do pin the trail). take the trail through the forest to the other end of the beach. looks like some place from Lord of the rings.

also snorkeling! great visibility in the water in that area.

Great trail! You’re up in the clouds, so areas of the trail can be a bit slick with the dew/rain. But the hike is nice and short, and the views are gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful but a little intimidating when you hate steep dropoffs. I would consider it a bit dangerous for little kids, was a bit challenging if you have a bum knee....the views were breathtaking.

easy down, hard back, but great hike. overgrown tall grasses for first half because it's not formally maintained. The monument, water, and fort rains we're excellent.

hiking
1 month ago

fun hike with great views, had been raining the morning of, making the trail quite slippery.

The path is a paved loop. I’m glad we started right because we witnessed the lush rainforest then worked our way towards the waterfall. I realize the beauty of paved paths is you don’t have to watch your step (as much) and you can actually take in your surroundings. The path takes you by rivers, bamboo, flowers, lookouts, and other sights.

We did get a few bug bites the size of quarters, which itched for almost a week. It’s been over a week now and they’re still there though smaller. Yes, we wore bug spray.

Shouldn’t get wet on this trail, as it’s far from the fall itself. Sometimes you’re in a canopy and sometimes open air. The hike is easy. I took my grandpa and he loved it.

The entrance fee is cash only but there’s an atm. There is a bathroom onsite too. My uncle asked for the dried bananas sold off the road to here, so those must be good.

Enjoy!

The jungle trail I give 2 stars. The opening to the coast however I’d give 5 (opens about 3/4 the way there).

When google takes you to a dead end turn left.

There was a sketchy man in the parking lot watching us from behind a bush so we waited by the car for a while to scope him out. When confronted he claimed he was peeing (didn’t seem right). We waited around the car for a bit longer and hid everything.

The sky poured off and on for us. We waited until it let up to start the hike. I highly recommend close toed shoes and to be prepared for bugs. Keep in mind the rain may wash whatever spray you have on. I slipped even in my boots and my friend got bit though he rarely does.

The hike is rough on feet and necks. I mention necks because the entire time in the jungle is watching where you step. It would be dangerous to look up with all the roots and mud while walking. It seemed everything looked the same though.

The worst part wasn’t the mud or the rain but the smell of rotting leaves. The deep mud was easy to avoid as there are smaller trails along the main one. Our shoes did change color but the rest of our clothes didn’t get muddy.

It continued to pour off and on so we were soaked and laughing before even reaching the end. We found it difficult to keep our phones dry(even our pockets were soaked). Phones survived though!

The coast is absolutely stunning. Maybe because you’re looking at mud for so long and smelling rot for so long, then the option for open and fresh air can’t be beat. It was hard to judge what was wet because of the ocean and wet because of the rain, and those waves can get you! Again, I was soaked.

We took the coast to the bay (much better than the jungle). It poured more and we remained soaked (and laughing).

There were only three other people there, one snorkeling two standing in the water. The bay touches private property where nene’s reside. Fresh water mixes with salt water, so if you have any open cuts don’t go in or at least stay where the water’s mostly salty. I didn’t risk it (I cut my toe and didn’t want to get sick with that freshwater thing people warn about. Plus swimming after rain is like asking to be sick sometimes).

Sitting there was very peaceful. We saw one turtle out on the rocks and let it be. The trees were wonderful shades of green and even in the overcast the water was blue.

We headed back and again it poured hard. We stood under a tree for a while. Obviously at this point we were already soaked, but we had no other way to protect our phones. This is where they stopped working. Pockets, shirts, hands, socks- everything was wet. I put my phone half into my pocket- a balance of enough to stay secure while the water from my pants didn’t get into the holes.

We hauled ass on our way back because we were late.

This is not an all day hike unless you make it one. We were the first to arrive at the beach early in the morning and left by 10ish. If you go any later (earlier’s better) take a hat as there is NO shade. Bring water and sunblock too. Sand will get in your eyes (windy).

The hike is 5 or 6 lanes of heavily eroded sandstone- easily 6ft in some parts- spread all along the area. I can’t recommend driving or paying the locals to drive you. The locals cars were beat up/missing bumpers, which along with their driving demonstrates their own lack of care (I take a dirt road to my house and the paid drivers did not demonstrate off roading knowledge as we witnessed from our walk). The hike itself is pretty flat.

If taking the “lane” closest to the ocean you’ll see heaps of trash blown in by storms. Nets, laundry baskets, buckets, tires, styrofoam, rope, etc. We planned to fill a bucket with trash on our way out but didn’t realize the path we took went inland instead of to the beach.

The green sand beach itself is very rare. The water is warm. Watch the waves first to get an idea of how they work and when you’re comfortable go in. The waves were large for us and honestly scary so we stayed where we could touch. The current wasn’t strong so it was a nice experience. Somebody took a floaty and got wrecked (they were at the break).

Walk back wet so it cools you; the sun will dry you anyway. I dressed for bugs, which wasn’t necessary. Also, you’ll probably get tan lines from your tank top/shorts so keep that in mind.

I really did enjoy this beach. The lack of respect from visitors is what lowered my rating.

If you go please be considerate to the environment and acknowledge it’s condition.

Mahalo

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views, easy hike with kids!

on Haena Beach Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the Bach! We were not fortunate enough to see any turtles - but no humans either ;) Had this awesome beach pool with crystal clear water for ourselves. Have to add to the earlier comments though that the hike - even with just some rain bevor is a mere mud hole... with mosquitos and stuff... The reward was worth it - but the hike was really not a pleasure... If you start and you hope it gets at least a little better after a while or the tarrain changes... nope... it does not - so don’t get your hopes up ;) Be sure to leave the beach early before dark.

hiking
1 month ago

pretty nice little hike, wouldn't recommend on a wet day. awesome scenery

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