Mauna Lani Beach Club Beach

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Even though the beach is on the grounds of a resort hotel, it is still public property. Although the hotel doesn’t make it easy, Kohala Coast visitors can access this lovely beach by parking in the shoreline access parking lot (circle the round-about and follow signs towards the Mauna Lani Hotel. Look on the left for a sign pointing to the historic park and shoreline access parking). A fifteen minute walk along a scenic trail that leads past royal fish ponds leads to the Beach Club beach. (If your guests have restricted mobility you can drop them off at the gate to the Beach Club parking lot (see the map) - they can walk across the parking lot to the beach.)


The Beach Club beach is small, but features a protected cove that has spectacular coral gardens and formations and tons of fish - probably the best and easiest snorkeling on the island (let’s keep it our little secret). Restrooms, outdoor showers, drinking water, and resort amenities make this beach a hidden gem on the Kohala Coast. Stock up on eats and drinks at the small grocery store in the Shops at Mauna Lani, near the traffic roundabout, and bring your own shade.


You may also enjoy the beach at the hotel itself. It fronts a shallow, reef-protected lagoon and has nearby hotel amenities. If you go there, look for moray eels in the small ocean pond beside the bridge.


As part of a conservation effort the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel raises sea turtles and releases them on July 4th. They call it ‘Turtle Independence Day’ (video).  Because of this, many sea turtles call the Mauna Lani Bay home.  While spending a day at Mauna Lani Bay you are sure to see turtles swimming in the waters as well as resting on the beach. 




 

Specific Information (map)

Kohala Coast Beaches

  1. Anaeho`omalu Beach

  2. Mauna Lani Beach

  3. Pau`oa Beach

  4. Holoholokai Beach

  5. Waialea Beach

  6. Hapuna Beach

  7. Mauna Kea Beach

  8. Spencer Beach Park

Kona Coast Beaches

Windward Beaches


Beachgoer’s Checklist

Essentials to pack:


  1. Bulletbeach bag

  2. lightweight day-pack

  3. sunscreen

  4. Bullethat

  5. Bulletpolarized sunglasses

  6. Bulletsand mat

  7. Bulletbeach towel

  8. Bulletumbrella

  9. Bulletchair

  10. Bulletsnacks

  11. Bulletbook, Kindle or iPad

  12. Bulletunderwater camera

  13. Bulletsnorkeling gear

  14. Bulletzip-top plastic bags

  15. Bulletplenty of drinking water


  1. Whale Watching

  2. Bring compact binoculars if you are on the beach between November and April. Besides ogling other beachgoers, you can use them to spot breaching humpback whales on the horizon.


  1. Be Sun Safe

  2. The tropical sun can be brutal. Even in the shade of a beach umbrella, reflected sunlight can burn unprotected skin. You wouldn’t want to spoil your vacation on the first day, so we advise that you wear sunscreen (factor 45 or 50 is appropriate for most beach activities) and reapply it at least once during your time at the beach. Be sure to sunscreen the tops of your feet and the tops of your ears.
 

Getting There


From Kailua-Kona and Waikoloa Resorts: Take the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway north from Kona. Turn left into the Mauna Lani Resort and follow the signs to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Look on the left for a sign pointing to the historic park and shoreline access parking. Allow 25 minutes.


From Waimea: Take the Kawaihae Road west from Waimea to the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway. Turn south (towards Kailua-Kona) onto the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway at the marked intersection. Turn right into the Mauna Lani Resort and follow the signs to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Look on the left for a sign pointing to the historic park and shoreline access parking. Allow 45 minutes


From Hilo: Drive north from Hilo on the Mamalahoa Highway to Waimea. In Waimea, turn right at the stop light, then veer left onto the Kawaihae Road. Take the Kawaihae Road west from Waimea to the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway. Turn south (towards Kailua-Kona) onto the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway at the marked intersection. Turn right into the Mauna Lani Resort and follow the signs to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Look on the left for a sign pointing to the historic park and shoreline access parking. Allow 2.5 hours.

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