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Mauna Kea Beach

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Address: 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.

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Beautiful beach with amazing skorkeling

A wonderful beach near the big resort but you don't have to be a guest to visit the beach (as with all Hawaii beaches the shore line is public). However, they do limit public... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tony H
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful beach near the big resort but you don't have to be a guest to visit the beach (as with all Hawaii beaches the shore line is public). However, they do limit public parking so get there early on busy days.

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CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Mauna Kea Beach around 9am on a Tuesday. There were about 5 parking spaces left. After parking we walked to the beach. This a lovely beach on the Big Island. The staff that rides around on golf carts were very informative. They even were able to give rides to people with disabilities and senior citizens.

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best snorkeling ever and best sand beach in Hawaii. We have traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Cancun and this rivals them all.

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Bensenville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 July 19, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 July 6, 2016 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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