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“lovely and expensive”
Review of Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach
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Owner description: Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
Sherwood Park
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76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“lovely and expensive”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Beautiful beach in a beautiful area. All facilties there and decent snorkeling. Buying a drink is VERY costly at roughly 15 bucks US per cocktail. Limited public parking but Maune Kea resort will valet park you for the cost of a tip. Get your slip validated by an employee at the beach (which was eay) and you will avoid a 45.00 parking fee. Blue green water and gently sloping from shallow to deep. Soft sand and very clean. This is worthy of a visit for sure.

Visited February 2014
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Bend, Oregon
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640 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
“Holy Crap”
Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

This is one of our favorite beaches on the Big Island. Nice soft sand, nice waves. Not as long or large as Hapuna but worth the trip. We usually try to get there by 9am. It is an hour drive from Kona. Today we arrived at 9:10 a.m. and we were turned away "lot full". What a bummer I can't believe it. So off to Beach 69 since we're were in the area.

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Los Angeles, California
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107 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Fabulous white sand beach”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

If you are looking for a lovely white sand beach with great waves to body surf, this is the place. Not a dangerous beach like so many of the other beaches we visited, this one had fun waves to play in. The white sand was silky smooth and the area was beautiful. Well worth the visit!

Visited February 2014
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Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nice Beach with difficult access!!!!”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Mona Kea hotel has very limited parking to provide access to this"public beach"!!! It is definitely controlled like it was their property.. They are probably just barely following the law!! During high season get there before 10:00 am to get a parking pass. We managed to get on the beach 1x out of 4 attempts!! All whining aside, it is a beautiful beach, with easy access to the hotel beach bar!!!

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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132 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Over rated”
Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Don't bother coming early for a beach pass. This beach in particular access through Mauna Kea hotel but they guard it like it's a VIP entrance. It's the same beach as Hapuna State Park. Its just as beautiful, just as crowded, a nice beach but there are better ones along this stretch. I would skip it next time and go somewhere else.

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