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Kauna'oa Bay

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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel Captain Cook Monument at Kealakekua Bay

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Kealakekua Bay is known to have some of the best snorkeling locations in Hawaii. Board a trimaran and head out into the bay on this convenient excursion that includes snacks, bottled water, snorkel and safety gear, and reef-safe sunscreen. Throughout the tour, your captain and crew provide little-known facts about the area’s history marine life, as well as snorkeling tips for guests with any level of experience.
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elf.dmf wrote a review Sep 2019
Naples, Florida829 contributions606 helpful votes
Maybe the best beach on ALL the Hawaiian Islands. We've been to Hawaii 40x and stayed on 5 of the islands and explored tons of beaches throughout the years and this time we stayed at the Mauna Kea BH and I must say, this beach is spectacular! It feels private because there's only 2 ways to get here...stay at the Mauna Kea BH or park next door and walk. Each day we only saw 10-15 families park and walk and they had almost 1/2 the beach to themselves. The hotel covers a good 1/2 plus they have a private Beach Club member area that never had more than 15 families. The water is clear, tons of snorkeling, we snorkeled a few times and saw tons of big colorful fish, their is a lifeguard near the hotel. It's flanked by a golf course on one side and the hotel on the other, it's just a narrow paved path from the parking lot to the beach. Very scenic. You can see Maui from the far end plus the BI mountains in the distance. We saw a few runners each day because it's an easy beach to run. Tons of paddle boarders every morning.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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happy4travel wrote a review Jun 2019
Northern California1,292 contributions336 helpful votes
We spent 2 weeks at Kauna’oa Bay....the gorgeous landscape, the beautiful, foliage, the perfect weather, what more can you ask for! The beach was amazing. Just in time for an early fall. We’ve been to many, many beautiful beaches but Kauna’oa is our favorite. Only left when we we had to get more beverages. Delightful in everyway! Compliments to the attentive staff!!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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KLE2013 wrote a review Oct 2018
Centreville, Virginia3,698 contributions1,602 helpful votes
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 from the private road at the Mauna Kea Resort. As there is very limited parking for the public (only 40 spaces) plan to arrive early (before 8:30am). At the gate house to the resort you'll be given a parking pass. After you drive through the resort, you'll reach the parkinglot adjacent to the golf clubhouse where you unload your beach paraphernalia and start the long walk downhill. There is a restroom with changing room and an outdoor shower for washing off the sand at the bottom of your walk. Easy to push a stroller up and down the walkway, but a wheelchair might prove challenging. On the left side of the beach is a rocky outcropping with excellent snorkeling. On the right side of the beach the classic Mauna Kea Hotel is nestled into the rocks with the swath of beach chairs reserved for hotel residents. But their beachside restaurant invites anyone with the budget to dine there. If the beach parking is full when you arrive(happened to us when we got there at 9:00am), try the nearby alternatives at Hapuna and Spencer Beaches and check back at Mauna Kea later in the day when visitors have left for the day.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Rex S wrote a review Oct 2018
Winston, Oregon42 contributions39 helpful votes
Long crescent shaped beach Great sand. Waves were a little rough as the hurricane past near 3 days ago.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Sean H wrote a review Jul 2018
Charlotte, North Carolina7 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: July 2018
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