"Kehena Beach" Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path Tip by leafmcgowan
Hawaii (Big Island) Off The Beaten Path: 83 reviews and 145 photos
Near Mile Marker 19, Off Highway 137, Near Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
One of Big Island's unofficial yet very private nude beaches - not well known to tourists but very popular with the locals, especially of the 'counter-culture' variety. Located just off Highway 137 in a residential district, a climb down the cliffs, to a beautiful hidden black sand beach with places to sun as well as to hang out in the shade. Nude beaches are technically not legal or official, but this is one of the many places it is tolerated and overlooked. Its protected by shade trees and steep cliffs. The turf is a bit rough for swimming, even though people do. Be careful though, I was unaware, and my first dip in the buff into the waters met to some thrashing around on sharp lava rocks in the crashing waves. Its a beautiful beach and people appear to be friendly. Drumming and music in the background hints that there are some festive activities by locals. Reminded me of a miniature version of Wreck Beach (Vancouver, B.C.). Definitely my most favorite beach on the Big Island for sunning and just relaxing. While we didn't view any dolphins on our visit on 8/7/09; Kehena Beach is also known as "Dolphin Beach" because it is a great place to view dolphins (and for the risky swimmers - to actually swim with them). Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5.
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