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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Dick R
    5 Apr 20, 2014

    Get there early in the morning and enjoy a day on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Kohala coast.

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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Hale O' Honu'ea
    3 Mar 23, 2014

    A large white sand half-circle bay to swim in - we've never seen waves when we've visited. There is a small amount of snorkeling at the rocky edges of the half circle, but otherwise it is mostly calm swimming and calm beach. Arrive early as parking is free but limited. There are good bathroom facilities provided (I believe) by the resort.

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    Richard W
    5 Jan 19, 2014

    Listed a top beach in the USA, this gold-sand beach at the foot of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is calm and protected by two black-lava points. The sandy bottom slopes gently into the bay and is filled with schools of tropical fish, green sea turtles and manta rays. Swimming is excellent year round as is snorkelling. A limited number of parking spots are available to arrive early.

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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Brenda A
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    This is our families number one favorite beach. You need to leave early enough to get to the hotel to get a parking pass, otherwise you can't enter the beach. We always try to get there before 9:00 am! Another option is to do valet parking to get to the beach but it's spendy. You can get your valet parking validated at the snack shack on the beach but you need to buy some lunch. Recommended amount to purchase is $35.00 but we have never had to spend that much. They are pretty good about validating with just one sandwich purchase.
    We love the beach, the snorkeling on the north side, and there is a beach volleyball net. Lots of fun and very few people.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Jan Z
    5 Jul 04, 2013

    All beaches in Hawaii and public property. However, access to the beach isn't necessarily. Beautiful beach but only a few parking spots for public access.

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    Gary T
    5 Jul 02, 2013

    Picture perfect beach. Crystal clear water and white sand that goes out forever. Non-hotel guests have to get into beach early in the morning for limited access at the hotel

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    Kim M
    5 Jun 30, 2013

    Oh my God, Nothing like swimming in this ocean at Mauna Kea Beach and looking and the snow cap of Mauna Kea.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    3 Jun 24, 2013

    Mauna Kea Beach is a good beach on the island, but it's not as beautiful as I imagined based on the reviews and my vision of Hawaii.

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    Jan H
    5 Jun 13, 2013

    Nice sandy beach. You will need to get a parking pass to park there. Head up to the guard shack and just ask for one! Showers and bathrooms available. Lots of sea turtles!

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    Brent S
    4 Jun 02, 2013

    A beautiful beach located on the Mauna Kea resort property. They have limited non-guest parking so it is tough to get in here. Try after lunch as many early risers have left.

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    Shannon L
    5 Jun 02, 2013

    Best beach on the island! Only 30 public parking spots, so come early! Or just stay at my house and you're a member of the Club!

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    Timothy D
    5 May 28, 2013

    This is an amazing day and sunset, and for the golfers a great place to meet the family after a great day on the track. Great snorkeling as well! Take your 40+ sunscreen and slippers as the sand gets very hot. Not one rock in or on this most beautiful beach. Parking Pass required or Valet at the Hotel and go for breakfast.

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    Fern N
    5 Apr 27, 2013

    This is our favorite beach. Bruce and I met here many years ago. Ask the guard at the gate for a beach pass. (The beach to the left of the resort.) Go early as spaces fill up. You can wait to the side for one to return if need be.

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    Shane aka Kau Kau Hotel
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    My last supper would be at this beach. This is my all time favorite all around beach on the planet. Bar none. As other posters have mentioned, all HI beaches are public, but they only have to give out so many public parking passes. Go early, spend the day, have a meal and or drink at Hotel. Will be one of your best days ever.

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    Michael Connolly Jr
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    When I visited the Big Island, this was a great zero-effort beach -- everything you need is there. We didn't stay at the resort; just visited for the day. Gentle waves, and shallow enough slope to the beach that was great for wading and splashing around. This is a great place for a sunset swim before dinner especially.

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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Zoe J
    5 Jul 12, 2014

    White sand, turquoise waters, need we say more?

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    Mike & Laura
    5 Jun 19, 2014

    Another beach to check out when just doing beach day.

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    Mark S
    5 May 27, 2014

    A perfect place for a beach day. Go early as parking is very limited.

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  • Mauna Kea Beach
    Pattie F
    5 May 13, 2014

    One of my favorite beaches on the Kohala Coast.

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    Daniel S
    3 Jul 23, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
39 members' reviews
79 people visited Mauna Kea Beach

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You have not truly experienced paradise until you have taken a trip to Mauna Kea beach in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Mauna Kea beach offers the majestic ocean views and sun bleached sand you only see on posters and in brochures. Whether you are looking for a place to bask in the sun, swim in the ocean or build a sand castle, the Mauna Kea beach makes a lazy vacation day into a memory that will always be ... read more
cherished. The beach is also the perfect place to sit and watch the sun set over the ocean as you reflect on your time in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

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