Makaiwa Bay

Makaiwa Bay, Big Island

Makaiwa Bay (view panorama) is a beautiful sandy cove located south of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Mauna Lani Terrace condos. The swimming and snorkeling conditions are good when the ocean is calm. You'll be able to see quite a few fish in the nearshore waters. The beach is surrounded by luxury accommodations.

If you're not staying in the area, there is a public parking lot, but it's about a 10 to 15 minute walk on a paved path through a lava field and along the Mauna Lani fishponds (Kalahuipua'a) to get to the beach. It is a scenic trail. First you'll walk through an interesting lava landscape and then right along the ancient fishpond and along the shoreline, where you'll also see a fishtrap.

Makaiwa Bay Overview

  • Beautiful white-sand beach backed by palm trees
  • Good swimming and snorkeling conditions when the ocean is calm
  • Scenic trail leads from the parking lot to the beach
  • Boat ramp located at the north end of the bay

Location:
South of Pauoa Road, Puako HI 96743
Directions: Between mile markers 73 and 74 on Highway 19, turn onto Mauna Lani Drive. At the roundabout, take the second road on the right. Then turn left on Pauoa Road where you'll find the public parking lot on the right. From here, take the paved path to the beach. Don't leave any valuables in your car.


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