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Waialea Beach (Beach 69)

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Address: Between Hapuna and Puako, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Our favourite beach on the Big Island

While not a stereotypically "perfect" beach like Hapuna which is just to the north, this beach is much more quaint. The beach has trees that produce great shade coming down... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
James S
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

While not a stereotypically "perfect" beach like Hapuna which is just to the north, this beach is much more quaint. The beach has trees that produce great shade coming down almost to the water's edge, meaning you can spend the whole day there without getting too hot or getting badly burned. The beach is sandy and great for playing in... More 

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Inland Northwest, Us
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36 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We have stopped in to visit beaches all along this shore and this one is our favorite. Lots of shade, areas for easy access into the water and good snorkeling. Restrooms where you can change and an outside shower to get the sand off! Beautiful water.

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Kent
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85 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

My wife and I checked out the beach at Waialea (also known as beach 69 because of the nearest mile marker on highway 19). We should have paid a $5 non-resident parking fee but the machine was out of action. We decided to head to the south section of the beach, finding a spot between the trees. The beach was... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

A local recommended this beach during my 10 day stay on the big island. I had fabulous snorkeling experience - saw a plethora of colorful fish, coral and even swam with sea turtles! Bring everything you want/need/ there is nowhere to buy drinks, food, sunblock, etc. There was plenty of sunny areas as well as shaded areas and plenty of... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We took two trips to Beach 69, and had different experiences each time. The first time, the water was a little rough, but that made it perfect for boogie boarding. We had a picnic on the north end of the beach, but were constantly having to shoo away mice, so I would recommend eating at the picnic tables located close... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

69s Beach was our 2nd favorite beach on the big island. It isn't very big but it is secluded due to the beautiful trees growing over the sand and into the water. It creates private little areas where couples or families can hang out without people right beside them. There are rocks 100 yards out that provide decent snorkeling. On... More 

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Hurth, Germany
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68 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This beach is neither best for children, for swimming, for boogy boarding, or for seeing sunsets. But it is still a great beach with a special feeling. We highly recommend visiting it!

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Livonia, Michigan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a smaller beach south of the much larger Hapuna. It has quite a few rocks but a nice spot with a lot of shade.

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Temecula, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Crowded, but fabulous swimming and snorkeling. A gem of a beach. We'll be back. There are cool rocks that you can hang your towel on, trees for shade, and a lot of different interesting sections, almost like little coves. On a less busy day, it would be pure heaven.

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PA
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163 reviews 163 reviews
57 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Black Sand, scenic with rocky shoreline so great beach for pictures. There is a surprising deep drop off when snorkeling not too far from the beach. It made me feel like I was flying high in the air.

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