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Mauna Kea Beach

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
+1-215-803-1860
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Beautiful but cramped

It is very cool that Hawaii requires public access to beaches that would otherwise be controlled by... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
alaskantravelnut
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Anchorage
Get there early for parking

Mauna Kea Beach is a beautiful beach, but you must get there early to get a parking spot. Once the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gldnpupper27
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Knoxville, TN
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“soft sand” (16 reviews)
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is very cool that Hawaii requires public access to beaches that would otherwise be controlled by hotels and private owners. The public access here is limited to 40 guests, so an early arrival is essential. It is a beautiful, sandy bottomed beach. Good for...More

Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mauna Kea Beach is a beautiful beach, but you must get there early to get a parking spot. Once the spot are taken, there is really no overflow area. Once you park, it is a walk down a road, but not too far. They have...More

Thank gldnpupper27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. Started out very early and we were up @ 5:00am and got all setup to go to Mauna Kea @ 6:30 am and got there @7:30am on a Wednesday. I guess we got the right...More

1  Thank Asics447
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The entrance to this beach is at the Mauna Kea beach resort. You have to stop at the gate and let them know you are heading to the beach. We read reviews saying to get there early if you want to get in because parking...More

1  Thank Funtwin1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sitting on this beach right now enjoying the white sand and low surf. Turtle has been hanging out with us for over an hour. Snorkeling is ok - good for beginners/kids as goes from shallow water. Agree with other reviews that the hotel staff are...More

Thank global_nomads100
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This beach is absolutely stunning. The sand is white and so soft on the feet it feels like icing sugar! This beach is fantastic for calm water swimming unless the wind comes up. There is also some snorkeling along the sides though there are better...More

Thank Wrldtraveller7
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful beach! Very relaxing. Parking is tight. Only 30 public parking spots. But the beach was wonderful and not over crowded at all.

Thank ernursekelly
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

So while staying at Hapuna prince beach resort went over twice to Mauna Kea resort. Wow, really nice and beach was step above Hapuna. They have rental for all sorts of beach equipment and the grounds are very well kept. I recommend this for both...More

Thank Randy P
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We will definitely return to this beach. We got there early (7:30 am) to make sure we got one of the 30 parking spots available. The guard at the front gate was very nice and made sure to tell us to park one of the...More

2  Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 4 July 2017

Excellent for snorkeling or for laying on the beach. We got there by 8:30am and literally got the last available spot for public parking. Go early if you aren't staying at the resort - they have parking spots for members of the public. There is...More

Thank nycrunner2011
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Mark I
8 August 2017|
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Response from Wrldtraveller7 |
Hi! I was just there the other day and the snorkeling is best on the northern side of the beach along the rocks. It is not outstanding snorkeling but there are definitely fish to see. Try two step, captain cook for better... More
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chai44
7 March 2017|
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Response from NormanSantaFe | Reviewed this property |
Ditto, as we've always gone to the Big Island in January or February. What you might want to do is go at a time that suits you and if you are turned away, ask the person at the security gate what is the best time to get... More
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