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Beautiful Beach - limited parking

Genuinely enjoyed our visit to Mauna Kea Beach. We arrived about 1pm on a Wednesday so parking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Saskatoon, Canada
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Lovely White Sand Beach

Beautiful powdery beach with gentle waves and gradual slope. Great for children. Easy snorkeling... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Redmond, Washington
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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All reviews beautiful beach white sand public access favorite beach non guests limited parking crescent shaped beach the big island mauna kea calm waters great waves clear water nice snorkeling sandy bottom saw lots of fish great for kids sea turtles
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Genuinely enjoyed our visit to Mauna Kea Beach. We arrived about 1pm on a Wednesday so parking was not an issue however I can see how a weekend or holiday season it could be. Short downhill walk to the beach. Once near the water the...More

Thank NanB306
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful powdery beach with gentle waves and gradual slope. Great for children. Easy snorkeling for kids near the rocks.Parking does fill up so go before 9 am or later in the afternoon. There are restrooms including showers. Pool side lunch or cocktails at the Mauna...More

Thank debsimmonds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is true the parking lot will be full by 9am or shortly there after. You will be turned away until a space opens up around 12 or 1pm in the afternoon. This is a perfect beach, better even than Hapuna. The sand is silly...More

Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is reached by entering the Mauna Kea Resort. Tell the employee at the entrance booth you want to go to the public beach. Then follow the signs for public beach parking...spaces are limited so arrive early. Weekdays are better than weekends. Walk down...More

Thank M Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to the Mauna Kea resort from the Hapuna Westin a few times. It's an easy walk via the road / cart path or you can hike the Ala Kahakai trail, which is along the coast with beautiful views. Showers, bathrooms were convenient; charming...More

Thank Trina N
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is located in Moana kea and you have to go through the security gates to get in. There is limited parking and it’s free to get in. The sand is white and fine and the beach is gentle and easy to swim in....More

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Reviewed September 25, 2018

This beach is small, out of the way, and not crowded. The Mauna Kea resort "manages" access. The sand is PERFECT soft, white, and powdery. Snorkeling is excellent on both sides of the cove. Must do.

Thank daqattaq
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

This lovely beach, home to the art-filled Mona Mea Beach Hotel, has great swimming and body surfing, clear water, clean sand. It's really perfect!

Thank califcasl
Reviewed September 22, 2018

Even though this beach is not as wide as Hapuna State Park beach it is still beautiful and you can see Manta Rays.

Thank Norma E
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

This beach has it all. It is picturesque and crowd free. The sand is powder soft and the beach entry is great for small kids being virtually rock free. Good snorkeling on both sides of the beach with access to deep water.

Thank gtown1234
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Deborah Y
July 30, 2018|
Response from Renee C | Reviewed this property |
Yes; that's what makes it my favorite. Although the trees are more in the south and middle areas than the north. It's such a small beach though that the whole thing is accessible regardless of where your towel is (you can... More
Deborah Y
July 30, 2018|
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Response from laluna31 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can find shade at this beach.
Jack E
June 20, 2018|
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Response from glcwhistler . | Reviewed this property |
If you rent a car you might not be able to be let in if they don't have any open spaces for beach parking available. If you take a taxi or an Uber? That shouldn't constitute needing a parking space. The cost of an uber... More