49 black sand beach

There is a small, isolated, beach behind some private properties off the coast in Kona, Hawaii.  Since all beaches on the island are public, they are free for all to visit.  As you drive up the the guarded gate of this community, you tell them you are there for the beach and they let you right in!  I know, I couldn’t believe it too!  It’s not on all maps and it is off the same exit from highway 19 as the Mauna Lani Resort and the Fairmont Orchid.

It’s so pretty here – like your own private piece of paradise:


The snorkeling there is great with fish:

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and beautiful coral!

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