Mauna Kea Beach of Hawaii
The white sandy beach is also known as Kauna’oa Bay and ranks as one of the largest and most beautiful beaches on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii island. The beach has two coral reefs and stretches for about half a mile.
The beautiful beach receives its name from the world-class Maua Kea Beach Hotel located in the north. The hotel offers large accommodation and sophisticated luxurious resort amenities for its visitors both locally and internationally. For this reason, many consider it as the best tourist attraction site for its exciting and beautiful Hawaii experiences with a sense of traditional touch.
The hotel provides it’s guests with a mix blend of exceptional ocean, tennis, golf and cultural activities and a serene environment for relaxation. To make things more interesting Mauna Kea Beach is featured on The Travel Channel among the best beaches of all time in the world making it the most celebrated beach in Hawaii.
Being a public beach, you will require a pass to get over to Mauna Kea’s Hotel grounds. It was opened in 1965 and has transformed over the years with state of the art facilities. Currently, there are no other hotels or properties around the beach making it a unique and heavenly spot for visitors.
How to access the beach
The beach is located approximately 30 miles north of Highway 19 of Kailua-Kona. From there turn left to Mile Marker 68. As you pull in along the highway, look for Mauna Kea Resort and follow the road to the end. The hotel provides a free but limited parking space of about 25-30 cars to its visitors in the regions and because of this, it is usually less crowded. The simple trick here is to arrive early enough receive an entry pass and a secure parking for yourself. To save you the energy there is always a sign indicating whether the parking is full or not. If the parking is full, you will need to make a U-turn and head back to the highway and park your car at Hapuna Beach, which is about one mile south of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
The bay is about 10 feet deep with calm waters safe for snorkeling and swimming activities for both adults and children. Speaking of kids, you will have an easier time watching over them as they have fun since the beach is less crowded. You can also sunbathe on the white sandy beaches after taking your morning dip or just have a stroll if you choose to. For those who love to swim, you will never miss spotting the beautiful undersea creatures such as parrotfish, butterfly fish, goatfish, jacks, turtles and so much more. As you are having your fun in the waters also take caution of the ocean conditions as there are never lifeguards on duty on the beach.
The hotel also offers public showers and restrooms for all its visitors and they have the best tropical drinks and decent food for anyone who is thirsty or hungry.
In the evening, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel shines it floodlights in the water, which attracts planktons fed by the harmless manta rays. It also has a Manta Ray Point’, which, allows visitors to have a view of the mysterious evening creatures from underneath. How cool is that!
With this exciting experience, why not visit Mauna Kea Beach and see for yourself!