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“Favourite beach in the world” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI HI 96743
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Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Dining
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Owner description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
Canada
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“Favourite beach in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

This place is gorgeous I swam with a sea turtle "honu" there. Saw tons of fish while snorkelling on the reef and saw manta rays at night and spinner dolphins by day.
The beach is white sand and crystal blue clear water. The current can be strong there so beware and check with the lifeguard station and signs posted before entering but generally the water here is pretty calm.
If you are a guest of the beautiful Mauna Kea hotel you get towels and chair covers and free cabanas and you can order food and drinks from the great beachside restaurant hau tree. You can also rent kayaks, snorkels and paddle boards.

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful day and a lovely swim”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Easy access, plenty of parking. Not crowded, even on a weekend and a snack bar at the top of the trail for a quick bite before heading home.

Visited September 2013
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“Absolutely breathtaking!@”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

This is a PUBLIC beach that can be accessed through the Mauna Kea Resort. The resort looks lovely. To get to the beach, you must pass through a guarded station for the Mauna Kea Resort. The guard at the station told us that the parking was full for public beach access when we arrived early on a weekday morning. We told her that we still would like to drive down. She was hesitant to let us go and told us security would be in the parking lot. I guess that was supposed to scare us away. The car in front of us was headed to the public beach as well and left after her prompting. We had read online that we should go down either way, so we did. We found three empty marked public beach parking spots available. So glad we persevered! This beach is not to miss. Arrive early on a weekday or SUPER early on a weekend to find a parking spot. There were mostly imported locals at the beach. Meaning not true Hawaiians. They were all very friendly and helpful to suggest other ideas for adventures while on the Big Island.

The beach!! Oh, if heaven has beaches, they must look like this. Mauna Kea Beach is exquisite. There are some shade trees along the back of the white sandy beach and on the southern side of the beach away from the resort. There are restrooms and an outdoor shower to rinse off available. Snorkeling is ok along the left (southern) side of the beach, though the current gets stronger the further out you go. There is a reef to swim along, wind and current dependent. Be careful! The water is crystal clear, the sand is silky white, and the beach is almost vacant, due to the limited parking available.

This is a must and a free beach to visit. Hapuna Beach, which looks much the same is $5 a day to park if you are not a local, but equally as lovely, though much more populated.

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Best place for an effortless beach day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

While our absolute favorite beach on the island is Makalawena, it takes 10 minutes on a rough, unpaved road and another 20-minute hike across lava rock to get there But Mauna Kea Beach is our second favorite beach on the island and it's perfect for an effortless beach day spent wading in the calm waters and drinking way too many tropical drinks (the Hau Tree beach bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is great!).
We went twice, and both times there was plenty of parking available, even at 11:00am. Then again, these visits were on weekdays in September. If you think you might want to indulge in some drinks and food at the Hau Tree beach bar, you can just valet park at the hotel and show them your receipt when you leave. As long as you spend at least $45 (two mixed drinks and a shared poke wrap or salad), your parking is free.

Visited September 2013
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Sun City, California
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“My favorite beach in Hawaii”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My family had stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel when I was younger and the hotel is awesome. The beach is incredible. There are many beaches in Hawaii that are beautiful but, sad to say, many of them are unprotected and dangerous. Not this beach. There irate just enough gentle waves to make sure you know you are at the beach but it is so beautiful, with lots of sand and beautiful views. Part of my enjoyment was the memories of having stayed there with my parents and my brother years ago. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that although beaches in Hawaii are all open to the public, there's no law that says they have to make it easy for you. There are limited parking spaces available. If you go in the morning they have more spaces, I have heard. We got lucky and found a spot in the afternoon. They have restrooms and places to wash off. There's about a 10-15 minute walk down to and back from the beach but, really, it's a completely manageable walk for almost anyone and there is a lot of shade to e found on the walk. This beach is beautiful and worth going to.

Visited July 2013
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