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Beach 69 (Waialea Bay)

 

A BEAUTIFUL BEACH WITH CLEAR
WATER AND ABUNDANT MARINE LIFE

 


A Local Favorite

It’s easy to see why Beach 69 is a local favorite. In the summer, the white sand beach slopes gently into the calm, clear water – perfect for wading with the kids. If you want to spend the whole day here, there is plenty of shade to get a break from the sun.

Great Snorkeling

At Beach 69, you can snorkel some great coral reefs. Waialea Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District, so it is relatively undisturbed and a great place to see lots of different tropical fish.

Watching Whales

In the winter, this beach is a great place to watch whales in the distance. Waialea Bay is a favorite spot for humpback whales when they return to Hawaii to breed and raise their calves – make sure you don’t miss it!

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CALM BLUE WATER AND GREAT SNORKELING MAKE THIS A LOCAL FAVORITE

Beach 69 is the local name for the beach at Waialea Bay – the name comes from Island custom of naming beaches after the numbered utility poles along the coast.

With calm, stunningly blue waters and a gently sloping white sand beach, this beach is great for wading and swimming. This is particularly true in the summer, when there are fewer waves.

In the winter, the beach can be quite eroded by windstorms and wave action, so it can be harder to find a spot to set up. But it is still a beautiful place to relax, go for a swim, and scan the horizon for humpback whales that tend to hang out near the mouth of Waialea Bay.

With lots of rocky coral reefs, Beach 69 is a great location for snorkeling and diving. Here, you can find the highest diversity of tropical fish species in the area and the state has declared Waialea Bay to be a Marine Life Conservation District to protect this biodiversity. For best visibility, the best time to go snorkelling is before 11 am and when the wind speeds are low.

 

DIRECTIONS & GENERAL INFORMATION

Waialea Bay is about 3 miles north of our vacation homes at Mauna Lani. You can access Beach 69 from Old Puako Road. Beach 69 does not have a lifeguard, but it does have restrooms, showers, and parking ($5 for the day).


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