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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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Best beach ever

Husband and I love to snorkel. This was great sandy beach, easy in and out of surf(I have been knocked down and rolled around before). And not a long swim to the reef and fish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Diana L
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Grand Terrace, California
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Grand Terrace, California
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Husband and I love to snorkel. This was great sandy beach, easy in and out of surf(I have been knocked down and rolled around before). And not a long swim to the reef and fish. Perfect for us, and now favorite beach!

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 480 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a private and beautiful beach, not to be missed if possible. It is a perfect spot for relaxation and drop dead gorgeous views.

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Richmond BC Canada
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Talcum powder sand that makes great sand sculptures and is easy on the feet, turquoise waters, good snorkeling on a calm day, body surfing and boogie boarding if it gets windier and rougher. Great for anyone who loves beaches and/or ocean swimming. Washrooms and outside showers just up from the beach, also some trees for shade back from the beach.... More 

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Owings Mills
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The beach was beautiful. 100 people maybe on the entire beach. Limited parking can be a problem. About a 5 min walk to the beach from parking lot. Snorkeling was okay. Definitely was better on the left side. If you're looking for a quiet unpopulated beautiful beach, this is the place!

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Thank Jay M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The architecture is killer. AIA America's Favorite Architecture listing is appropriate. That said, even with the new furniture and TVs it feels very much like it's not been touched since 1965. The facade is aging and falling apart despite the good architectural bones of this resort. It's like looking at 2016 pictures of a well dressed woman who was a... More 

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with our little kids and it was a break shore break to get them used to the water. The sand was so soft and the resort is so accommodating. Great bar right on the water, so fun for all!

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Bedford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look at the pictures and you can tell it's a gorgeous beach. However, the easy, paved walk from the parking lot takes 10 mins downhill from the parking lot and uphill from the beach. Moreover, there are only 20 or so parking spots, which were virtually all taken when we got there at 9:15 AM on an August Monday morning.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Parking is really limited - we got there late after visiting a Macadamia Nut Factory and a National Historic Site - so like some other reviewers said, getting there at 1 pm was great since people started to leave. Wonderful snorkeling - we swam with a sea turtle! Water has this great turquoise color, fine sand. Due to limited parking,... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our favorite beach on the island! Since we stayed at the hotel, we did not have any problems with parking. Compared to other beaches we went to on this trip, this was not as crowded. Plenty of beach/sand to lay your area. Waves were calm and there were a bunch of fish my husband saw when he snorkeled.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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