Mauna Kea Beach, Kona


Mauna Kea's long crescent beach

Mauna Kea’s long crescent beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Shady trees surround the beach

Shady trees surround the beach


Mauna Kea Beach, also known as Kauna’oa Beach is a perfect crescent beach of white sand surrounded by shady trees and beautifully manicured landscaping provided by the Mauna Kea Resort. On a clear day, you can see the majestic volcano of Mauna Kea to View of Mauna Kea Volcano in background the South. The beach is long and there is plenty of room to spread out. The ultra-fine white sand stretches far into the water making water entry easy. The waters are incredibly clear and inviting. This cove is protected and a wonderful place to swim and snorkel. The beach is one of the most beautiful on the island and a great place to rest, relax, or just walk around; this is a perfect family beach.

Mauna Kea BeachOnly 30 cars are allowed in the Mauna Kea Resort at a time, which means you must come early to find a parking spot. You can also take the 1-mile shore-line trail from the north end of Hapuna Beach.

Mauna Kea Hotel

Beautifully manicured landscaping at Mauna Kea ResortThe very first hotel to sprout on the rugged lava of the Kohala Coast, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel reopened in December 2008 after a two-year overhaul, prompted by the October 2006 earthquake. The structure of Lawrence Rockefeller’s 1965 landmark was strengthened, but the closure also gave designers a chance to overhaul a dated interior with roomier floor plans, chic candy colors and high-tech gadgets. Mandara Spa will premiere March 20, 2009; the resort’s grand reopening celebration is set for March 26-29. Introductory nightly rates start at $375.

Virtual Tour: Take a Virtual Tour of Mauna Kea Beach

Explore the beautiful Kohala Coast! The Big Island has many great adventure tour providers that can show you the best kayaking and snorkeling spots near Kua Bay and throughout Kona.

Directions: The Mauna Kea Beach and Resort is located approximately 30 miles north of Kailua-Kona in the Kohala resort area, just south of Kawaiehae. View map of Mauna Kea Beach.

Nearby Beaches: Spencer Beach Park, Hapuna Beach State Park, Anaehoomalu Bay Beach.

Hotel Discounts: Check the latest rates for Hotels in Kona.

Check out our Kona Snorkeling Section for more information on snorkeling in Kona. Want to take your digital camera underwater? Check out our water-proof underwater cases.

Take a Virtual Tour of a Hawaiian Coral Reef

Snorkeling Tours of the Big Island
We offer a variety of guided snorkel tours for all ages and abilities. Designed for beginners and adventurers alike, you’ll paddle along the scenic Kohala Coast and enjoy excellent snorkeling in warm, clear Hawaiian waters. Discover the Big Islands most remote snorkeling spots along the pristine Kohala Coast, Pawai Bay, Kealakekua Bay, and more. Check out our large sail and snorkel tours and our exciting zodiac tours for smaller groups.

Fair Wind Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
Captain Cook Snorkel Slide down the Fair Wind II’s water slide into the pristine waters of Kealakekua Bay, a marine sanctuary, and enjoy snorkeling or diving with 80-100 feet visibility! Everything you’ll need for snorkeling is provided – masks, snorkels, fins, etc.

Kohala Kayak & Snorkeling Adventure
Kohala KayakTake this guided kayak adventure above the beautiful coral gardens along the Big Island’s South Kohala Coast and take a mid-trip snorkel to get a closer look. See the beautiful Coral Gardens of Puako on the Big Island of Hawaii! A fun filled 3 hour guided kayak trip along the South Kohala coastline. Discover the coral gardens of Puako Reef, a marine sanctuary, where green sea turtles feed among multicolored fish.

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Mauna Kea Hotel in the background

Mauna Kea Hotel in the background

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