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Mauna Kea Beach, Island of Hawaii
(4.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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  • You're on private property and they limit the number of cars coming in to visit the beach. Get there early. The sand is pale and fairly fine. The water is azure and turquoise. The feeling you get is s...  more »
  • We came here on a weekday in September, around 8AM, and had no difficulty getting one of the 35 parking spaces. It was really easy; just pull up to the booth and tell them you want to go to the beach....  more »
  • Been here twice in November and December and rough ! Mainly only boogie boarders as water is too rough this time of year. Nobody in water from hotel and beach too swim as way too cool and rough this t...  more »
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  • Beautiful white sand beach with great snorkeling on the North side of the beach, and nice snorkeling on the South side. There is good shade along the South side of the beach, a restroom with showers, and the opportunity to see Sea Turtles. Highly recommended, however there are limited parking spaces as the parking lot is owned by the Mauna Kea hotel. If you don't show up quite early in the morning, you most likely won't be able to get in as the lot fills up quickly, and they don't keep track of beach-goers leaving, so even if there are open parking spots you may not be able to get past the gate at the entrance. We tried half a dozen times to be told the lot was full, and ended up coming at 7:45am one morning to get a spot.
  • Excellent beach with shade and snorkel possibilities. The only drawback is, that there are only 40 parking lots available for public parking. But do not get despaired even if it is said to be full, drive down and check, there are continously people leaving.
  • This is a beautiful beach and great for snorkeling. When you're facing the ocean, the reef is to the left. They say to get there early but it's not like people are going to stay at the beach all day. The guard let us down. (It's attached to a resort). A spot opened up. We had to catch a flight the same day so we definitely looked the showers! Also, rent gear from the town up ahead...about 5 miles. It's much cheaper.
  • Awesome beach for that romantic walk in the surf and sand. You will love it.
  • Snorkeling is ok near the rocks on the left, if the waves aren't stirring up too much sand. It gets better further out, but the waves have too cooperate and the calmness can be deceptive due to the reef. All it takes is a wave higher than the reef to pull you out and slam you down. Nice beach over all though, beautiful for Sun bathing, probably ok for bogey boarding. Hotel tries to impede your visit, but all beaches in Hawaii are public and if you keep repeating yourself you'll get there. The rich can buy up all the land but the beach a and if they do that they are required to make it publicly accessible, they can do it grudgingly though.