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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Kua bay is a great easy beach

This beach of one of the few easily accessible, white sand beaches close to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Take some chairs and relax on the beach. Drinking alcohol is no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
kathryngtaylor3
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This beach of one of the few easily accessible, white sand beaches close to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Take some chairs and relax on the beach. Drinking alcohol is no problem here. The surf can be really dangerous at certain times of the year especially winter, so if you're an inexperienced swimmer you should stay in waist... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this beach! Great for laying out and boogie boarding! Bathrooms are easily accessible and also a shower.

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Thank Belinda H
Calgary, Canada
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's the first time our family has been on such a wonderful beach. It wasn't particularly crowded, parking at that time (~10AM) was easy to find. Sand was fine and white and the waves made it even more fun. Recommended.

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful over crowded beach that has been enhanced with restrooms and showers and easy access with a handful of parking spots before the shoulder of the narrow access road stars lining up with cars. Winter time the beach sand goes away sow plan on crowded sand patches oar being on the rocks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Kona beaches were fantastic. Not too crowded and easy parking. Friendly locals and great waves. Need to make 100 character requirement... Woohoo!

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Beijing, China
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The ocean water was clear and radiant. The beach, with big waves was not very crowded, so it is definitely a good place to go surfing, also a place with amazing scenery where you can stay in a beach chair for a day, watching for whales and getting relaxed!

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Thank Xuanchi Z
Reston, Virginia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I always recommend this beach because it is the easiest to get to in my opinion from Kailua Kona that feels like an epic white sand clear water beach. The waves are fun and can get massive too! Though usually there is 30-50 people there maybe more.

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just swam at Kua Bay this afternoon. We were fine the first time we went out, so we went out again an hour later. We were about halfway between the center of the larger crescent bay and the rocks at the north end of it, but got caught in a riptide that swept us north toward the rocks and we... More 

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Rio Vista, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

water so clear and warm and great for snorkeling lots to see and you can also just relax on the beach.

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Comox, Canada
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Part of me wants to say don't visit, the local people deserve their secret spots but my experience here highlighted something more important. In all of the travel literature there are warnings about vandalism at remote beaches by locals and this is what happened to us: a local family gave us birthday cake (chocolate and awesome). Granted it would have... More 

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