Mauna Kea Beach
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 92%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 84%Luxury Travelers
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 57%Art & Design Lovers
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- Mauna Kea BeachMar 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.Recommended for:
- Mauna Kea BeachJan 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.Recommended for:
- Mauna Kea BeachSep 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:
- Mauna Kea BeachMay 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.Recommended for:
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- Mauna Kea BeachMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jul 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.
- Mauna Kea BeachJul 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.