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Mauna Kea Beach

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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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Favorite Beach on the Big Island

There is limited parking so get there early. The beach is gorgeous, crystal blue water and soft sand. I liked it because it was relatively uncrowded. Would definitely come back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Matt S
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Bensenville, Illinois
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Bensenville, Illinois
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is limited parking so get there early. The beach is gorgeous, crystal blue water and soft sand. I liked it because it was relatively uncrowded. Would definitely come back.

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Lasne, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach is one of out favourites and we always go here when we have the chance. However you need to come early since the parking is limited!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We heard parking was difficult, but it was too hard to get up early so we went on a July Monday at 1 p.m. and there were three spaces! Grabbed our stuff --walk down the path or through the hotel to the wide white beautiful beach,. We snorkeled on the north side. First, you can hug the rock wall along... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They limit access to this area do the crowds aren't large. The beach is clean and the view is lovely. It is a bit of a hike down to the beach.

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Thank Jennifer M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free public parking at the end of the road. Tell the guard you are going to beach. There are only about 25 spots. Sandy beach, no rocks. Snorkle along the right or left edges of the bay where the lava rocks are. Great coral reef and lots of fish. At night after 7:30, Mauna Kea resort has a small overlook... More 

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McMinnville, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here two days after visiting nearby Hapuna Beach, which was awesome. But when we came to Mauna Kea beach, we found it less crowded yet every bit as lovely a white sand beach. The reason is the associated resort controls parking, and therefore limits car access. So go early and arrive 8AM at the latest. The resort itself... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the morning at Mauna Kea Beach, after we lucked out with the last parking spot. Go early as parking fills up quickly. The beach is beautiful and there were just a handful of people there. We swam with a Honu and many other fish near the rocks. Water was clear once you got away from the beach. The... More 

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Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to get here early as there is limited parking, like by 8:30am. The beach is beautiful, has showers and bathrooms. Dining at the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great day at the beach. Open and and easy access to water. Bring boogie boards for big waves and snorkel carefully. Waves were strong and can throw you OK to jagged edge. Sand is soft and warm.

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Thank Kris V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't guests at this hotel, but you don't have to be to use their lovely beach. We got there early and it was a good thing because the designated parking for this beach filled up quickly. By the time we left people were circling the lot waiting for a parking space to open up. This was one of my... More 

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