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Waialea Beach (Beach 69)

Between Hapuna and Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Kohala Coast
Type: Beaches
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Campbellsville, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This beach had soft white sand but I didn't care much for it. There is a fee to get in and there are prettier beaches that are free entry. If you like a lot of shade and trees it's ok but there were a lot of debris from the trees in the sand. It wasn't crowded at all when we... More

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Portland, Oregon
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81 reviews 81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lots of locals here, but tourists will love it too! Lots of shade trees, fantastic snorkeling, and clean bathrooms.

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Fort Bragg, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Of all the beaches that I've visited on the Big Island, Beach 69 has become my favorite. It has easy access over paved roads and a great parking area. The parking kiosk even takes credit cards for the $5 visitor fee. Walking past the substantial restrooms and shower area, an incredible scene of liquid blue and inviting sand beckons through... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We travel over 6,000 miles (from coastal VA) to spend a week or two on this beach whenever possible!!!!! We rent a home here now after our initial visit in 2007. Cheaper than renting a house at the Outer Banks in NC when we get free airfare (which we normally do). Colorful reef fish, moray eels, green sea turtles, and... More

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Carver, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Fantastic experience for our entire family. Courteous and friendly staff at Kohala Divers suggested this beach and boy we were not disappointed.!!!! Very reasonable fees!

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san francisco, ca
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Peter at Snorkel Bob Mauna Lani recommended this beach for snorkeling. The waves were good on this day so the kids spent quite a bit of time snorkeling and boogie boarding. Beach is very family friendly especially for youngsters(I think better than Kua Bay), offers excellent snorkeling and swimming opportunities. It is a small narrow picturesque beach with lots of... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We found out about this gorgeous beach from another tourist on another excursion and boy were we glad we did! It was very close to our lodging (Waikoloa Marriott) but a world away from a tourist trap. This beach is frequented by local families. There are many shade trees and although it can get a bit crowded by the afternoon,... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Just a beautiful, family friendly beach. Trees for shade, few, if any, waves, snorkeling opportunities - very close to resorts near Waikaloa. I think only. $5 fee - a definite for families with small kids.

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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168 reviews 168 reviews
47 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beach 69 is a fabulous beach. It has plenty of trees near the water so you don't have sit in the sun. It's not nearly as crowded as Kua Bay and Hapuna. Most of the people on the beach are locals. There are changing facilities. Many people leave during the day and head to nearby eateries like Cafe Presto and... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The trees mean you won't burn and sweat all day plus they are gorgeous. There is awesome snorkeling and the warm, clear water makes you want to stay in all day for swimming. There were great bathrooms and showers, though no food available. We saw all sorts of fish and primarily snorkeled the northern portion of the cove and beyond... More

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