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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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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... read more

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

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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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Stamford CT
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141 reviews 141 reviews
72 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The famous Mauna Kea Beach is primarily occupied by the equally famous resort, but Hawaai’s public beach access laws make it possible for a limited number of non-guests to park and enjoy the beautiful beach and excellent snorkeling along the reef– in addition to a plentiful variety of fish, I swam along with a sea turtle for a while. So... More 

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Issaquah, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We couldn't get in the first morning when we showed up at 9:30am so upon their suggestion, we tried again the next day in the later afternoon. My husband and two tween girls showed up about 3:30pm and got a great parking spot. The walk to the beach wasn't long at all - not sure why people complain about it.... More 

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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Be there early...40 parking spots available and the gate checks you in and out. The gate opens at 8 and we arrived at 8:35 on a Wednesday morning and got slot 32. The beach is nice. A rental but nearby rents boogie boards if you don't bring your own...$7 per hour but they didn't charge extra when we brought it... More 

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Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Pretty much like Hapuna but less crowded. As another reviewer pointed out if you can hike one mile north from Hapuna I'd say it's worth it. If I'd have thought of it I'd have done it. Good beach, good water and decent waves.

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Seoul, South Korea
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21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I was there for Christmas. I did not arrive early enough to park at the hotel (9h00 am was already too late) so I parked at Hapuna beach and made the 1 mile walk along the shore. I am glad I did it. This beach is beautiful, has white sand, clear water and had not so huge waves on that... More 

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Neuwied, Deutschland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

mauna kea beach is a nice beach, but difficult to swim when waves are high, there are often many people and its difficult to find parking. the beach restaurant is not the best, under average but expensive for what they offer.

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PA
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Great sandy beach with snorkeling from beach. If I had one day in Hawaii I'd spend it here. Not too large, gentel waves. Just right for everyone.

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