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Mauna Kea Beach, Island of Hawaii

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Mauna Kea Beach is located in Island of Hawaii. To visit Mauna Kea Beach and other attractions in Kawaihae, use our Kawaihae itinerary builder.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • We have been coming here for 20 years andI am always amazed how stunning this place is. It is a bay which makes it easy for swimming and snorkeling. The water is crystal clear and the sand is smooth. ...  read more »
  • We didn't want to miss one sunset on the island. So we hit up the nearest/ best rated beach and this was really nice. You have to get let in by guard at gate. Just tell them your visiting the beach. W...  read more »
  • 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.
  • So nice and so quiet... Limited parking...
  • 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.
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