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Waialea Bay 69 Beach Snorkeling - Kamuela, Big Island, Hawaii
Pictures & visitor info from a snorkeling trip to Waialea Bay or "69 Beach" on the Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii.

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Dirt & Paved Parking Lots
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Beach Access Walkway

Waialea Bay Beach, or "Beach 69" as it is known by the locals, was one of our favorite places to go snorkeling during our all too brief 10 day stay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Beach 69 is located along the Kohala Coast in the North Kona area of the Big Island just south of Hapuna Beach Park.

To reach Waialea Bay Beach with a GPS unit, set it for the intersection of Puako Beach Drive and Old Puako Rd. Turn right (north) on Old Puako Road and continue about 1000 ft until you can turn left on a small road marked by a "Beach Access" sign. (There used to be a # 69 public utility telephone pole, which is how Beach 69 got it's name.)

The beach is about 30 miles (45 minutes) north on Hwy 19 from the popular tourist town Kailua-Kona. It is well worth the drive to enjoy the secluded white sandy beach, large shade trees and excellent snorkeling in Waialea Bay.

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Beach 69
The beach originally had no guest services but was relatively recently upgraded with a small paved parking lot, showers, restrooms, water fountains, and a few picnic tables. We had to park in the dirt flanking each side of the narrow paved road as did many people since the paved parking lot fills up quickly each morning.
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Hawaiian Triggerfish
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Butterflyfish
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Colorful Coral Reef
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Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby
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Red Sea Urchin


 
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Surgeonfish
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4-Spot Butterflyfish
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Kikakapu Ornate Butterflyfish
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Pink Coral Head
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Unicornfish
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School of Fish
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For more of my Hawaiian vacation pictures, click on the following links: Kona Comfort Vacation Rental, A-Bay Beach Snorkeling, Akaka Falls State Park, Coconut Island State Park- Hilo Bay, Green Sand Beach - South Point, Hapuna Beach State Park, Holoholokai Beach Park, Ho'okena Beach Park Snorkeling, Hwy 19 Lava Cave - North Kona, Hwy 19 - Kona, Honokohau Marina - Kailua-Kona, Kahaluu Beach Park, Kona Brewing Co. Brewery Tour, Manini Beach Snorkeling - Napoopoo Park, Kekaha Kai State Park, Mauna Kea Beach Snorkeling, Pua Mau Place Botanical Garden, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Place of Refuge National Historic Park, Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Queen Lili'uokalani Park & Japanese Gardens, Rainbow Falls - Wailuku River State Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Safari Helicopter Tour, Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park, Two Step Snorkeling, Waipio Valley Lookout, and Kuhio Beach Park - Waikiki.

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