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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, Outdoors
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Dining
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Owner description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This beach is EXCELLENT. Complete with picture perfect white sand beach with blue waters. Great place to relax because its not too overtly crowded. I found this beach thru TripAdvisor reviews and I'd never done any snorkeling of any kind. The reviews done by the people here were PERFECT. They said - stay close to the rocks cuz thats were... More

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New Port Richey, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

On our first full day on the Big Island we drove into the Mauna Kea Resort Golf Course to take a look at this beach. All beaches in HI are public owned. Even if they are on private land they have to allow entrance. The gate gives out so many parking spots for those accessing the beach. There is limited... More

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Bend, Oregon
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259 reviews 259 reviews
62 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Mauna Kea beach offers an ideal setting. The sound of the surf is rhythmic and memorizing. The light golden sand is super fine and so soft, probably the best sand on the big island. The public facilities are are disappointingly not well kept and run down. But there are toilets and showers. The beach offers morning shade near the trees... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Great beach with beautiful sand and rocky areas at either end which are good for snorkelling. Public access is via the highly manicured Mauna Kea resort and there's limited space for non residents, so worth getting there early. The beach shelves quite steeply, which makes it good for novice body boarders, but not so good for timid swimmers as you're... More

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Campbellsville, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I really wanted to like this beach because of all the great reviews but it was just ok in my opinion. It was very rough the day we were there but aside from that the sand didn't gradually slope down from the shore, it was actually a bit of a drop. There were also a ton of crabs there. Just... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We arrived at 11:30 am. the parking was packed, but there were a couple of spots. The water was very calm and transparent. we snorkeled on both ends of the beach, and across it. Many Fish, Eels, Octupui. Best snokeling is waaaay against the rocks. Very nice beach for relaxing and snacking after snorkeling, or just to swim in the... More

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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Mauna Kea Beach is very pretty and the water is relatively calm. It wasn't very busy when we were there in September.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We arrived just before 8:00am on Saturday in late September. There were plenty of parking spaces at that time. We had been here in November when it was too rough to snorkel but it was calm on this day and the snorkeling was great on both ends of the beach. We snorkled, played in the water, snorkeled the opposite side... More

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Bend, Oregon
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16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you are looking for soft sand and no rocks under the water near shoreline, then this is the place. It's in a cove, so the surf seemed calmer than other places I'd ventured. The Mauna Kea Resort only lets a limited number of non-resort tourists to the beach, but there is free parking. We went there twice in the... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was an incredible white sand bit of paradise. The water was calm with sand (only beach we visited with sand entry). The snorkeling was clear and beautiful on the left side. The right side was recommended but honestly wasn't as beautiful on this day. We arrived at 8am and the public parking was almost full. Go early, take food... More

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