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Address: Island of Hawaii, HI

The number one beach in the United States.

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Beautiful Beach fun

One of the most beautiful beach experiences we've been to. We go farther down the beach to a more secluded area. Lots of fun for guests of the Mauna Kea Hotel and others... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most beautiful beach experiences we've been to. We go farther down the beach to a more secluded area. Lots of fun for guests of the Mauna Kea Hotel and others. Parking is very limited, so get there early. Thanks Kauna'oa Beach!

Thank myjohndeerez
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sandy bottoms, great waves for body surfing. Awesome sunsets. This is out favorite beach on the BIG ISLAND. You can see whales in season and sea turtles when it is calmer.

Thank tom d
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Beach in front of Mona Kea resort. Public access is limited to 40 cars. On the weekends get there early. Mid week we arrived after lunch and got one of two last spots.very secluded beach

3 Thank nancee6338
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We make a point to visit this beach every year. Here is where you share the same beach as the guests of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The beach is capacity controlled, they only permit a maximum number of cars to enter the beach area. If you arrive early you will get to enjoy one of the nicest white sand... More 

1 Thank bobemac
Sausalito, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This Beach and Hapuna are probably 2 of the most overrated beaches in America. Don't want to be a detractor just an honest opinion Maybe Fantastic most of the time but not in In Mid-November through February with Winter Swells. Hardly anyone in water here except for boogie boarders in Late November till February as Pacific Water is not calm... More 

2 Thank WorldTravelerAtoZ
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

It is hard to imagine a beach more beautiful. Cresant shaped with lava outcropping son each side. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is right there. They have parking for about 30 cars for the public so get there early and have a fine time.

Thank Edmund1020
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The playland of Mauna Kea Hotel guests, this beach is world class. Turtles swim in the water at day and Manta Rays at night. Spectacular sunsets year-round. Remember all Hawaiian beaches are open to the public including this one. We stayed at vrbo.com, no. 392796. The premise provided access ($25.00 per day) to this beach and the hotel through their... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Not snow white but rather secluded. There is limited parking at the Mauna Kea hotel for visitors near the hotel. You need to get there early or mid afternoon to find a spot. very nice white sand beach surrounded by lava outcroppings.

Thank James W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We have seen a lot of beaches in various parts of the world, but this one stands out as one of the very best, most beautiful we have ever seen. Glorious white sand, crystal clear blue water. Amazing and worth the effort. Only 40 parking passes handed out so arrive early and be prepared to stay. Alternatively, you can walk... More 

Thank bkjjk
Sahuarita, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015 via mobile

Last beach we hit, on the last day of our vacation and it's SO beautiful! Wish we would've found it sooner. Everyone in the family said "Best Beach Ever!" :) We plan to return some day!!

2 Thank Crissy N

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