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“Snorkelers paradise”
Review of Waialea Beach

Waialea Beach
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This spectacular beach was my favorite of our two week vacation, both for snorkeling and just relaxing. Lovely white sand entry to the water. Downed trees along the back of the beach make shady alcoves, almost little private pockets of beach, all day. Plenty of room out on the beach for sun-worshippers, though. About 30 yards out in the bay there is a lava pile, creating a circular coral reef area quite close in and very easy for the beginning snorkelers or the young. Both ends of the bay have coral reefs too, you can't go wrong here. We went back three times during the two weeks. We saw turtles twice. I cannot come up with anything to criticize about this beach. Not as long and broad as Hapuna or Mauna Kea, more intimate, but plenty big enough to have fun in and out of the water. Bathrooms are typical beach bathrooms, there is an outdoor shower. Small parking lot, though. We were there before 11a all three days, and there was plenty of room, but by the time we left cars were waiting for others to leave. Small fee for non-residents to park. If you like beaches, this one is a must-go.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This is a beach to bring everything you might need for the day and settle in under the shade of the cabanas created by nature; the trees grow horizontally towards the water creating a canopy over the sand. If you want to sunbathe, just move out a bit. The snorkeling is perfect. We had turtles swimming under us, and up to us. If you fancy a break, go to the nearby Hapuna Prince Hotel for a sit down lunch; then come back for an afternoon nap under the trees. Perfect to sit and watch the kids and just relax. Paradise.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

This is my favorite beach in Hawaii. Hidden away (you need to take a small access road from the entrance to Hapuna) with plenty of shade, great coral, beautiful sea life - our family loves to spend time here on our trips to Hawaii. Best thing is that we've seen a turtle (honu) each time we make the trek.

1  Thank MCF3114
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Beach 69 is a hidden gem. White sandy beach, lots of shade if you want it, great snorkelling, shower, bathroom and close parking. There is a lot of shade along the shore line not too far from the water's edge so those looking for a break from the sun can still see the water and watch the kids play. The waters get a little choppy in the afternoon which makes for good boogie boarding but the snorkelling is still good if you swim off shore. The sand is great for sand castle building as well. We only found the beach after pulling into the parking lot of Hapuna and asked the parking attendant if Hapuna is a good place to snorkel. She advised to head down the road to Beach 69 and we are so thankful for her help. This is the best if not one of the best beaches we have been to.

Thank Rich L
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

We discovered this beach by accident as we turned off earlier than we should have to go to Hapuna Beach Park. I actually thought they had re-paved the access road. But then when we arrived, it turned out to be a very lucky mistake. The parking lot is fairly small - maybe 40-50 cars maximum? But it was still empty enough at 11 am on a weekday. The restrooms and showers are a very short walk from the parking lot and the beach itself is another very short walk from there.

The nicest thing are the trees along the beach area. You can sit under a tree for shade and still be right on the beach. Or you can move up a couple of feet and be in the sun. There are some rocks (after all it IS the Big Island, the one with an active volcano...so a few rocks are expected). We brought floats and spent a lot of time just lounging in the water kicking enough to keep us relatively in one place.

We found a little niche among the trees and set up our chairs. The water was warm, and sandy with a gradual entrance into the water. Lots of keiki (young children) were playing in the water. I also saw a number of snorkelers who said it was a good spot to see fish (we hadn't thought to bring our masks).

Bring a cooler with waters and lunch - you will be all set!

Thank TravelLover2345
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