We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All photos (188)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beautiful beach”(61 reviews)
“favorite beach”(25 reviews)
“soft sand”(21 reviews)
Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Island of Hawaii
from $65.00
More Info
from $88.50
More Info
from $186.46
More Info
from $28.94
More Info
Reviews (399)
Filter reviews
370 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews beautiful beach favorite beach soft sand limited parking crescent shaped beach hotel beach boogie boarding public beach access gradual slope the big island mauna kea fish bathrooms and showers general public calm waters clear water pretty beach
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 370 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went late afternoon to swim and wait for the sunset. The water was calm and the sand was so soft. After dark the hotel has a monte Ray lookout area. It was a great afternoon.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Wanda C
Reviewed August 4, 2019

Nice beach but access not easy. Need to wear reef shoes for coral and rocks and very little shade. Beach crowded with hotel guests umbrellas and loungers.. Been to many other far superior beaches in the world. The Beach Cafe food was appalling. one of...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Shakennotstiirred
Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

Parking spots are few. A family of five went at 3:00 one afternoon and another day at 8:10 in the morning. We were lucky enough to get a parking spot both days. For the morning, we got one of the last parking spots. We were...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Anna B
Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Frequently cited as one of the top two beaches in the US, I had really high expectations. Yes, the sand is very white and the ocean is clear and blue. But it’s no whiter or more amazing than Hāpuna or half the other beaches we...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LV-from-Cincy
Reviewed July 21, 2019

If you close your eyes and imagine the most relaxing beach setting - pretty - white sand - clear waters .... well Mauna Kea Beach will be it! Our family truly enjoyed this beach - for us it was the must go - over and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ACBH1
Reviewed July 13, 2019

This beach is on the hotel grounds, parking is limited. You will need to go really early like before 9am or later around 5pm. Beach has sandy with calm to small waves for kids boogie boarding. There is a large tree for shade.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Culture36617165076
Reviewed July 2, 2019

Mauna Kea beach is one of the nicest beaches on the big island. To the public, you must get there by 8am to get public parking. The day we were there, we saw a friendly old turtle swim right up to us by the short....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank brb905
Reviewed July 2, 2019

I would stay here just because it IS the best beach in Hawaii. Choose a room that has the shower with its own patio so you can see the ocean when you shower. And apply for a membership in Marriot so you can get points.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank sinwood2016
Reviewed June 6, 2019

We were staying at the Westin so we received free valet parking at the Mauna Kea resort so I can't speak to the parking aspect of the beach. This is a great white sand beach with soft sand and hardly and waves at all. Great...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank kjb0419
Reviewed May 10, 2019

This is a very pretty beach, and not crowded. With lighter waves than Hapuna, this might be a tiny bit better for families.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank S W
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 49 nearby hotels
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
1,616 reviews
.10 miles away
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
4,158 reviews
.64 miles away
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
5,049 reviews
4.48 miles away
Villages At Mauna Lani
17 reviews
4.80 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,072 nearby restaurants
The Mauna Kea Luau
34 reviews
.23 miles away
Manta Restaurant
393 reviews
.14 miles away
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Beach Bar
217 reviews
.76 miles away
Copper Bar
210 reviews
.08 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 1,236 nearby attractions
The Beachery
6 reviews
.72 miles away
Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area
2,524 reviews
.93 miles away
Kauna'oa Bay
27 reviews
.11 miles away
Mau'umae Beach
27 reviews
.73 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
August 27, 2019|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from jmryl2018 | Reviewed this property |
After sunset.
Deborah Y
July 30, 2018|
Response from 89reneec | 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