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Mauna Kea Beach

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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Stay away!!!! Nothing to see here!!!!

We went for a beach day on the public part of the beach. Having done our research we understood... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Andrew L
via mobile
Still one the best beaches on the island.

What I like and hate about Mauna Kea Beach. The parking passes. When you don't get one it sucks... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Located behind the Mauna Kea Hotel.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful beach” (52 reviews)
“favorite beach” (25 reviews)
“white sand” (24 reviews)
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62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9799
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"beautiful beach"
in 52 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 25 reviews
"white sand"
in 24 reviews
"public access"
in 14 reviews
"non guests"
in 10 reviews
"crescent shaped beach"
in 8 reviews
"limited parking"
in 15 reviews
"hotel beach"
in 7 reviews
"boogie boarding"
in 15 reviews
"the big island"
in 51 reviews
"mauna kea"
in 24 reviews
"great waves"
in 6 reviews
"clear water"
in 11 reviews
"nice snorkeling"
in 4 reviews
"saw lots of fish"
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"rocks"
in 43 reviews
"cars"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went for a beach day on the public part of the beach. Having done our research we understood there are only 25 car parking space open to the public, so we went on a week day and got there reasonably early. We were lucky...More

1  Thank Andrew L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What I like and hate about Mauna Kea Beach. The parking passes. When you don't get one it sucks, when you get one and you know there are only so many people that are going to be at the beach is awesome. Plus, the parking...More

1  Thank glcwhistler .
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you're looking for that picture perfect beach then look no further. Absolutely stunning, soft sand and decent snorkeling.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gate attendant told us that public beach parking was "all full right now." He told us to turn around, and that we could "check back later." That was not an option for my family of three, and I did not believe at all that the...More

1  Thank hovertink
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! It’s totally a GEM. Get there early so you get a parking space!

Thank mgoble13
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

I know most reviews will say Haupuna is the best beach, but I love Mauna Kea beach. You have to get up and to the beach early (40 car limit at beach parking lot strictly enforced by hotel security) but that keeps the beach I...More

Thank malewis2
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

You have to get here early to get one of the 40 parking spots. We got one of the last 5 and were here at 8am (it was week after Easter so busy time). Beautiful sandy beach just south of Mauna Kea Hotel. Snorkeled near...More

Thank jads8627
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Mauna Kea is a beautiful crescent shaped beach. Because you have to be a guest of the hotel or get one of the few parking spots (we had to get there by 8am to get a spot in the public lot), its a lot less...More

1  Thank tagretchen
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Love this beach...get here early, pack a lunch and sit bAck and relax....we got here by 730 am on a weekday morning....there were still about 20-spots left... If you are coming in the weekend just get there by 7ish.there are restrooms there as well

Thank Maria S
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Ok - no doubt, this beach is beautiful. The sand is great, the beach is a nice size. However a few things didn’t work for me as a solo brown girl traveler. I got there at 8:30am and the lot was full. So I decided...More

1  Thank ebonytravels17
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pagaynor
26 September 2017|
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Sorry pagaynor. I have no idea
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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
8 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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