Mauna Kea Beach

Kaunaoa Beach

Best snorkeling is on the left side of the beach near the rocks.

This lovely crescent of white sand along the Kohala Coast is only about one-fourth of a mile long but there are lots of shady areas and full facilities nearby.

The water is nice and clear which makes for good snorkeling, particularly around the rocks on the left side of the beach. Bodysurfing and bodyboarding are also popular during times of moderate surf. Plenty of shady areas are created by the surrounding trees. A popular attraction at this beach occurs at night when a light is set up to attract plankton that bring large manta rays.

Great For

Bodyboarding, bodysurfing, snorkeling, sunbathing, volleyball, relaxing in style.

Highlights

The well-manicured grounds of the Mauna Kea Resort make for a pleasant experience. On clear days this beach provides a nice view of the nearly 14,000-foot Mauna Kea Volcano.

Mauna Kea Beach

On clear days this beach provides a nice view of the nearly 14,000-foot Mauna Kea Volcano

Need to Know

Some people consider this the nicest beach on the island! When the waves are large, however, or the ocean is rough, inexperienced swimmers should stay out of the water due to potentially hazardous conditions including large waves and offshore currents.

Lifeguard

No

Facilities

Restrooms, showers, volleyball court.

Access

Follow Hwy. 19 north from Kona and go left at Mile Marker #68. At the end of the road is parking and public beach access.

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