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About Alula Beach (Kona Dog Beach) on Kona & West Island, Hawaii

Alula Beach (Kona Dog Beach) is a small hidden beach just south of the Honokohau Marina and Small Boat Harbor near Kailua-Kona. Since there are not a lot of dog-friendly beaches in the area, this one is popular with dog owners.

If you don’t have a dog to bring to this beach, we recommend visiting the beaches in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park which can be accessed from the northwest corner of the harbor parking lot. Aiopio Fishtrap Beach is a great alternative and you can walk north a bit from there to a sandy shore.

If you do have a dog that’s longing for social interaction and saltwater to play in, Alula Beach is your spot. The shape of the small cove at this beach provides protection from the waves so it’s pretty safe for pooches and people who get into the water. Shade from trees at the back of the beach make it easy to rest during the hottest part of the day. The beach surface is a mix of sand and pebbles. There’s a lot of black lava around this cove but there’s one great sandy water entrance.

Alula Beach is also called Crescent Beach and the waters just offshore are called “Honokohau Dive Site” in scuba diving circles. It’s possible to do a shore dive here and avoid taking a boat out beyond the harbor.

The closest parking for Alula Beach can be found at the end of Kealakehe Parkway inside the harbor entrance (see our map). Park along the Parkway as far as the gates allow and then walk down the road toward the ocean and away from the harbor. When the road bends right (towards a parking lot at the harbor entrance) stay straight and find a short-but-rugged trail that goes left (south) to the beach. You’ll see the beach on approach and just watch your step as you descend the route across the lava. Restrooms can be found at the north side of the harbor.

429 Kealakehe Pkwy
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
808 329-6881
Park Name
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
Other Names
Crescent Beach, Manta Ray Bay, Honokohau Dive Site, Noio Point
Pet Details
Dogs allowed off leash
Free parking
Swimming, Sunbathing, Dog Walking, Scuba Diving
Off-Leash Dog Beach, Anchialine Ponds
9:18 am, June 18, 2024
temperature icon 79°F
L: 76° H: 79°
Feels like 78.71 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 4 m/s
UV Index: 4.15
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:45 am
Sunset: 7:04 pm
Humidity 81 %
Pressure1019 mb
Wind 4 m/s

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