Mauna Kea Beach
Nicknamed Mauna Kea Beach, Kauna’oa Bay is considered by many to be the most picturesque and relaxing beach on the Big Island. With an abundance of white sand, palm trees and clear, calm blue water, the crescent-shaped beach is a natural draw for sun worshipers, and families in search of safe, sandy fun. Located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, Kauna'oa Bay is quintessential, picture-postcard Hawaii.
This perfect white sandy cove is overlooked by the world-class Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. The resort maintains both its own beach and the public beach and limits public access to 25 passes at any given time.
Some of the islands best snorkeling is here at Mauna Kea Beach. Most of the bay is sand-bottomed and less than 10 feet deep. Actually, the beach is shallow for a long way out and it takes a while just to wade out to waist deep. Out near the point on the coral flats is the best snorkeling. You won’t need to go far, although the further towards the point you swim the larger and more variety of fish you'll see. Stay along the rocky ledge as you swim out. The ledge provides food and shelter for reef fish. Put your mask on and enjoy the show.
Long distance swimmers love it here as you can swim a very long way parallel to the beach without having to get far away from shore. This is also a great beach for paddle boarding and kayaking. Simply put, “Mauna Kea Beach is shear perfection.”