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

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White Sand and Sunshine

Keep in mind that parking is limited for this secluded white sand beach next to the Mauna Kea Resort. If you aren't there early in the morning, you have to wait until after lunch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Keep in mind that parking is limited for this secluded white sand beach next to the Mauna Kea Resort. If you aren't there early in the morning, you have to wait until after lunch to grab a space. I really love this beach. It isn't very big and because the parking is limited, it isn't very crowded either. Probably my... More 

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North Potomac, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Incredible beach. soft sand, beautiful clear water. Lovely beach, definitely a place for relaxation, quiet, and getting the stress to float away.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The public beach adjacent to the Mauna Kea In Pukao is wonderful but fills up early. You need to go into the resort area to pass through to the public beach. The Canoe House at this resort is simply out of this world for dinner at sunset on the beach.

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

If you are not staying at the resort, you will need to get to this beach early for there are only a limited amount of spots for the general public. The first day we got there at 9am - all spots were full. The next day we were there by 8am and were excited to get a spot. The beach... More 

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NJ
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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

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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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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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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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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