The Island of Hawaii is an eye-popping natural wilderness that seemingly never ends. Hawaii, the largest island in the U.S., is a 4,000+ square mile playground for backpackers, hikers, photographers, and sightseers. While there are a handful of Hawaii beach hotels on the shoreline of this majestic island, they all strive to meet the standard set since 1965 by Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. This beachside paradise is steps from one of the most scenic beaches in the world, a world-class golf course, and one of the best tennis court facilities in the United States. You’ll likely want to spend the majority of your vacation within the resort, but a day trip to some of the island’s array of natural attractions should be on the itinerary. Explore the vast wilderness and discover why the Island of Hawaii is the world’s most diverse island.
Stunning Valley Lookouts
We highly recommend spending a morning or afternoon hike in the Pololu and Waipio valleys. Both valleys have breathtaking lookouts within 35 miles of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Very few Hawaii beach hotels can equal our location to the island’s best hiking trails and lookouts, and none are nearly historical or scenic. The Pololu Valley Lookout rests at the very end of the ʻAkoni Pule Highway. This dead-end lookout offers dramatic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, kelly green cliffs, and the Pololu Valley mountain range. Trek down to the ocean’s edge by hiking 1.2 miles on the Pololu Trail. The trail leads to one of Hawaii’s premier black sand beaches. There is a strong undercurrent, so swimming is discouraged. Explore the nearby bluffs and have a picnic instead. Be sure and remove your trash with you when you leave. For a more challenging hiking excursion, head to Waipio Valley. You’ll feel on top of the world at the Waipio Valley Lookout. This broad valley is home to two of the tallest waterfalls in the world: Hiilawe Falls and Kaluahine Falls. The 6.5-mile Waipio hiking excursion is a challenging and very steep journey down into the valley.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is steps from one of the premier beaches in the United States. Kauna’oa Bay has a pristine beach with warm, white sand, unique rock formations, and refreshing, teal blue waves. Take a break from the ocean with Mauna Kea’s signature Fredrico cocktail and mahi-mahi fish tacos at Hau Tree, right on the sand’s edge. For those interested in snorkeling, swim along Kauna’oa Bay’s coastline or embark on a 22-mile drive to Kua Bay. The crystal clear waters on this public beach offer stellar opportunities to swim with sandbar sharks, sea turtles, and colorful fish. We encourage ocean-goers to be aware of ocean conditions, never snorkel alone, and always be respectful of all marine life.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The 100-mile drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is extraordinarily beautiful, and the destination is one of the nation’s best national parks. This park is currently closed because of recent volcanic activity. Please keep a close eye on their website for up-to-date alerts. The Kahuku unit remains open, and tourists can embark on guided hikes through the lush hillside. This national park had over two million visitors last year alone.
Hawaii Beach Hotels
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel rests on the stunning shores of Kauna’oa Bay, overlooking the vast turquoise Pacific Ocean. No other Hawaii beach hotels can match our oceanfront seclusion, prime beach access, or world-class dining. Lay a towel down on the beach, sink your toes into the warm, white sand, and sip on a mango daiquiri – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is an awe-inspiring Hawaiian paradise!