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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI HI 96743
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Dining
Description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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Very relaxing beach for families

Upon recommendation from locals, we chose to go here rather than Hapuna Beach, which is right next door. Locals know best!! The beach was not crowded at all (Friday during... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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NJ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Upon recommendation from locals, we chose to go here rather than Hapuna Beach, which is right next door. Locals know best!! The beach was not crowded at all (Friday during spring break week). Sand was gorgeous - the softest I've ever felt, though it was not as white as I expected. The water is calm and clear, and the sand... More 

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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Gorgeous beach, safe for kids with many wild sea turtles. While there are only 40 public parking spots and you have to arrive early, it is well worth it. The water is gorgeous and perfect for open water swims or snorkeling. The showers/facilities were clean and convenient.

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Omaha, NE
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

This beach is amazing- crystal clear blue water, great snorkeling and white sand. It doesn't get crowded either. Turtles come ashore frequently.

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Chicago, IL
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97 reviews 97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We absolutely loved this beautiful side beach. We were surprised that it was not crowded despite the fact that the hotel was at full capacity with a Christmas break crowd. The sugar sand beach is beautiful. The beach is located in a cove and is so picturesque. We were awestruck at the natural beauty. We rented snorkel gear and headed... More 

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121 reviews 121 reviews
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

One of my favorite beaches on the Big Island. Found a shady spot toward the Southern strip of the beach away from the resort. Enjoyed leisurely swims, spectacular views, an occasional sea turtle or two. Many people closer to the resort side were boogie boarding. The sea was extremely calm when we visited. Only about 40 parking spaces are available... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We visit this beach whenever we go to the Big Island. It gorgeous! Pluses: - If you want a white sand beach on the Big Island, this is the place! Just after mile marker 68 at the entrance to the hotel. - Beautiful view - Shady area near trees if you prefer that - Fresh water shower - Sea turtles!... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We loved the Mauna Kea Beach! Great waves for body surfing, snorkeling on both sides, whales, nice sand and beautiful view!

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Amazing beach, with a gentle slope towards the depths. Great waves this time. The snorkeling was "ok" compared to years past as the fish were largely absent (although a few eels, octopi, and turtles made up for the missing fish). Tenacious eyes can also find some decent shells north and south of the main beach, mainly cowry shells, but still... More 

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Fort Collins, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Just a bit north of Hapuna Beach, and located at the fancy Mauna Kea resort. We arrived about sunset, and the public parking spots were all open. We enjoyed a picnic dinner on the beach, and then walked through the resort to the area lit by bright lights to attract manta rays. We had no luck with manta viewing that... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This resort is way cool, rather historic, and a short drive North of Waikoloa. You can access public parking if you get here early in the morning, or you might try visiting the restaurant, and shops or their sweetly sited beach bar, and using valet parking. This is a picturesque sand beach on Kauna'oa Bay that is said to have... More 

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