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Mauna Kea Beach

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI HI 96743
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Dining
Description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Get there early because passes go fast and you can't go to the beach without one. I was very lucky to get the last one at 3pm, but was told that usually there are none available by then. But the passes are free. Long, picturesque white sand beach. Low, lovely waves and shallow far out into the water. Great for... More

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Calgary, Canada
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140 reviews 140 reviews
44 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

As per other reviewers, they only let so many cars in...deal with it. Unlike some of the state beaches, parking is free. It is a short walk to the beach and there are showers and toilets once you get down there. Limiting the number of cars, also limits the number of people on the beach. We did not find it... More

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Arrive early to obtain one of the 40 passes handed out to the public (I mean EARLY, before 8:00) The extra time is well spent at this beautiful beach...good for snorkeling, swimming, relaxing. Also great for kids.

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Campbell River, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Walked the 1 mile trail from Hapuna Beach to Mauna Kea Beach. Very pleasant. The beach is beautiful along a rocky shore, yet perfectly safe.

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Sherwood Park
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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Beautiful beach in a beautiful area. All facilties there and decent snorkeling. Buying a drink is VERY costly at roughly 15 bucks US per cocktail. Limited public parking but Maune Kea resort will valet park you for the cost of a tip. Get your slip validated by an employee at the beach (which was eay) and you will avoid a... More

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Bend, Oregon
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178 reviews 178 reviews
44 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is one of our favorite beaches on the Big Island. Nice soft sand, nice waves. Not as long or large as Hapuna but worth the trip. We usually try to get there by 9am. It is an hour drive from Kona. Today we arrived at 9:10 a.m. and we were turned away "lot full". What a bummer I can't... More

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Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you are looking for a lovely white sand beach with great waves to body surf, this is the place. Not a dangerous beach like so many of the other beaches we visited, this one had fun waves to play in. The white sand was silky smooth and the area was beautiful. Well worth the visit!

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Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Mona Kea hotel has very limited parking to provide access to this"public beach"!!! It is definitely controlled like it was their property.. They are probably just barely following the law!! During high season get there before 10:00 am to get a parking pass. We managed to get on the beach 1x out of 4 attempts!! All whining aside, it is... More

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New York City, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Don't bother coming early for a beach pass. This beach in particular access through Mauna Kea hotel but they guard it like it's a VIP entrance. It's the same beach as Hapuna State Park. Its just as beautiful, just as crowded, a nice beach but there are better ones along this stretch. I would skip it next time and go... More

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Waimea, Hawaii
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I would really like to say this is a terrible awful beach, littered, overcrowded etc. just so you wont go there. But the fact is this is the nicest beach that is easily assessable to the public, except for the parking issues. It is easily the hands down beautiful, and the naysayers flat out are unhappy with perfection. Sure the... More

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