What to Do in and Around the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Collected by Andrea Rip , AFAR Local Expert
Whether you seek a place to rendezvous with a secluded Hawaiian beach or just a room to use as a base for Big Island volcano, Kona coffee, and undersea exploration, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel provides an idyllic place to stay. When you depart the Hotel, you will return home relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed—kissed by sunshine, trade winds, and aloha.
Kauna‘oa Bay, Hawaii 96743, USA
A perfect crescent bay of soft white sand invites you to experience paradise along with its tropical Pacific waters. Float, swim, paddleboard, and snorkel the day away over a lively reef in Kaunaoa Bay. Abundant beach chairs dot the ocean’s edge...
75-5828 Kahakai Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Where Kahakai Road and Alii Drive meet, adjacent to Java on the Rock in Kailua-Kona, lies a small open space where a few perfect palm trees sway next to Pacific, as it ebbs and flows. Kailua-Kona has a perfect view of sunset each day—an evening on...
47-4841 Old Mamalahoa Hwy &, Dahana Ranch Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
Become a Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) for a day and do an actual cattle drive while on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even though it was a rainy, moody day, it was the perfect unique experience to have in Hawaii. Hawaii is much more than beaches! More...
332 Keawe St, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
This open-air, family-run gem has an old-school Hawaiiana feel, but takes a fresh, sustainable approach to sourcing its ingredients. Expect classics here with a local twist, like island-style onion soup topped with provolone and beer-battered...
65-1279 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
With a tag line like "Come for the Coffee...Stay for the Aloha!" a wonderful Hawaiian experience awaits at the Waimea Coffee Company. Just a 20 minute drive from the resorts on the Kohala Coast, the coffee and food at this little cafe is worth the...
Mauna Kea Beach hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
From the quiet crescent of Kaunaoa Bay’s white sand to the well-coiffed Mauna Kea Golf Course, a stay at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel encourages outdoor leisure and romance. Like the hotel, the Golf Course was designed to blend into the Hawaii Island...
Keauhou Bay, Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI 96740, USA
The most colorful of all the state fishes also has the most spectacular name: Hawaii’s Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. While the name is unusual, the Humuhumu (for short) is fairly easy to spot at any good snorkeling beach in the Hawaiian Islands. The one...
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Drive, Waimea, HI 96743, United States
Manta Pavilion & Wine Bar is the perfect way to end the day on the Island of Hawaii. An interesting enomatic wine dispenser keeps an impressive selection of beautiful wines from around the world available by the glass. But don't let the fancy...
78-6772 Makenawai St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
For a rare and wonderfully crafted chocolate experience on the Big Island, visitors who book a tour of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Farm will learn about the chocolate making process from growing and harvesting to packaging. Only offered on...
75-5669 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kona coffee is famous around the world as one of Hawaii's best known products. The relatively small coffee growing area on the Big Island of Hawaii produces only a small fraction of the world's coffee beans. The limited production makes Hawaii...
74-5467 Kaiwi St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
For an extraordinary experience that amazes both tourists and locals, take a trip out to dive (or snorkel) at night with the manta rays near Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Guides take tours out from Honokohau Harbor in the evening before sunset,...
Kalapana - Kapoho Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, USA
Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind, and volcanoes. Her power still holds the imagination of people in Hawaii today as legends suggest that taking rocks from her home on the island of Hawaii will lead to bad luck. She is said to...
Ninole Loop Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
Punaluu Beach attracts visitors and locals to its black sandy volcanic shore. The beach is out of the way (between Volcanoes National Park and South Point), but worth a stop. Punaluu is not overly crowded, but the green sea turtles and uncommon...
40 Rainbow Dr, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Just outside of Hilo is one of the Big Island's beautiful waterfalls. Rainbow Falls is a pretty sight, particularly when the sun is shining and its rainbow is shimmering in the mist. The rainbow is out on most days, so chances are that you will...
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743, USA
The sweet smell of plumeria floats on gentle trade winds into each guest room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. When entering the room, you may be surprised that floor-to-ceiling picture windows and a beautiful private lanai (patio) beckon you to step...
Ka Lae Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772, USA
South Point on the Big Island is the most southern point in the United States. The cliffs were ancient mooring places for canoes belonging to the first settlers on the Big Island. Fishermen still use this place to cast their lines, and adventurous...
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