Mauna Kea Beach / Kauna'oa Bay

5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
Beautiful beach in a crescent shaped bay.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Type: Kid Friendly
• Sand Type: Powder • Parking: Poor / Few
• Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Swimming

Full Description
Mauna Kea Beach has a lovely crescent shaped beach that surrounds Kauna'oa Bay and backs up to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. It's a fun place to spend time at and one we highly recommend you try, if you can get in.

Mauna Kea resort so very limited parking and it's a gated resort so once parking is full they won't let your car in at all. If you're not staying in the resort here then we suggest coming early and avoiding weekends.

Joined: Oct 2016
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 0
Snorkeling is one of our greatest pleasures when visiting any of the Hawaiian islands and have done so frequently on both Maui and Kauai. We consider ourselves to be recreational snorkelers and love to explore the reefs within 75 yards of the shoreline. On our first visit this May 2016 we spent a morning exploring kauna'oa bay.

One of the best features here is the picture-postcard perfect white sandy crescent beach. The Big Island has many amazing sights but sandy beaches are not as easy to locate and enjoy as one may think, especially compared with the other islands. To enjoy this beautiful beach one must be a guest at the hotel OR be lucky and snag one of the handful of parking spots available for beach access located at the far end of the road leading to and then past the hotel. From there it is a 1/4 mile walk along a paved path to the beach.

Expansive white, soft sand awaits you with a serene view of the bay. Beach access guests stay to the left of the hotel and there is plenty of space to set up an area to sunbathe or people watch.
Snorkeling was easy entry into the water from the shore. This is not a lava rock covered beach or shoreline. One can swim or play in the gentle waves here. Snorkeling was best off to the left side where there is a rocky outcrop that is visible from shore. Here we saw a large school of small dark fish being hunted by very large and beautiful blue Trevally. The water visibility was clear and a great place for novice snorkeling. Aside from the the Trevally, we saw typical reef fish during our visit.

Pack a lunch and bring your own water and beverages. There are public restrooms near the beach. This is a very nice spot to spend a morning if you can find parking!
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
This is a great beach, they really don't get much better than this.
Rose A
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
One of the nicest beaches I've ever seen. Not only for swimming & sunset viewing, but you can sometimes see whales from shore - and my friends both saw the green flash at sunset!
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Beautiful resort beach. A ramp from the Mauna Kea hotel leads down to one of the best-looking resort beaches you'll ever see. There are facilities available to guests of the hotel, and parking is available, but limited in a parking lot that takes requires a small hike.

Great snorkeling. Dolphins can often be seen in the distance. Good chance you'll snorkel next to a sea turtle. If you're planning to stay at the Mauna Kea Hotel, I strongly recommend an ocean view room.
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