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The beach of your dreams

Close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach, a crescent of white sand, calm waters, ringed by... read more

Reviewed October 8, 2018
Centreville, Virginia
Best beach in Hawaii

Been to three of the islands and there is not a better beach we have been to. Best beach out there... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2018
Sean H
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

Close your eyes and imagine the perfect beach, a crescent of white sand, calm waters, ringed by lush vegetation with few people -well, that is Kauna'oa beach. Located about 32 miles north of Kailua-Kona off Hwy 19 near mile marker 68, the beach is accessed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Long crescent shaped beach Great sand. Waves were a little rough as the hurricane past near 3 days ago.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

Been to three of the islands and there is not a better beach we have been to. Best beach out there. Nice sandy floor and great snorkel spots along the edges of the bay. Great for kids and adults

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Sean H
Reviewed June 29, 2018

It looks like the Hawaii you dream about...we spent the whole day there. The beaches are all open to the public there so if you can snag a parking spot this is a fabulous one. It is next to the Mauna Kea resort and we...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Melanie M
Reviewed April 22, 2018

The beach at Kauna'oa Bay was beautiful. As most reviews mentioned, get there early (especially on weekends) to secure your parking spot. The Mauna Kea Resort only has 40 parking spots for access to the beach. We arrived at 8:37am in the off season and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank DYamag
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Wonderful beach. Great for kids and parents. Saw quite some fish and other critters just of the coast. Will definitely re-vsit this place!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

We arrived to Hapuna beach, paid 5 bucks for parking. There is a beach rental, restrooms, showers and lots of places for barbecue in the Hapuna Beach Park. Then we took a trail to Kaunaoa Bay. It takes cca 45 minutes to get there including...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Jeannieee
Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been to the Big Island several times and just discovered this small public beach! It’s very private and convenient (parking in the Mauna Kea Resort). Skip over the crowds at Hapuna and spend the day here! Get here early- 8:30/9. Parking is limited (the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Klyond
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

One of the most beautiful beach experiences we've been to. We go farther down the beach to a more secluded area. Lots of fun for guests of the Mauna Kea Hotel and others. Parking is very limited, so get there early. Thanks Kauna'oa Beach!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank myjohndeerez
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Sandy bottoms, great waves for body surfing. Awesome sunsets. This is out favorite beach on the BIG ISLAND. You can see whales in season and sea turtles when it is calmer.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank tom d
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