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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #3 of 51 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Much of the coastline we saw between Kona and Hilo is composed of rocks and there were very few typical sand beaches. On the last day at 4:00, we finally got to this beach and realized the mistake we had made by not going here first. This very long beach was everything you would expect and is perfect for swimming... More

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Wallkill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Clear Turquoise water with fine soft white sand. It is good for snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding or fishing from the shore around the points. This is a very beautiful location. A definite must see!!!!

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Nice quiet beach that is amazingly close to Kona an the Kona airport if you can find it. Crystal clear blue water with white sand. Only downside is parking is a bit limited. One of the best beaches we went to on our tip to the big island. Well worth the effort.

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Phoenix, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I heard Hapuna and Mauna Kea were the beaches to go to. But after going to those I can say that Kua Bay beach was definitely my favorite. Amazingly crystal clear blue water. It almost looks like a swimming pool. You might need an umbrella if your a shade dweller. But if you want to actually get out and enjoy... More

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bellingham, wa
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Closer to Kailua than Hapuna beach, and less busy. Of course it is smaller too. Highly recommend, but go early or late to get good parking.

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Lansing, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Opens at 9:00 am. Get there as early as possible as parking is limited. No fee! Very clean, with beautiful, white sand. There is little shade. We tried snorkeling but saw few fish. Depending on the waves, bodysurfing and body boarding is fun. Showers and restrooms available.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Nice sandy beach but no disable access, It has a bathroom and shower. Be sure to bring your own beach chairs, water, and umbrella ($17 at drug store). The water is crystal clear and the sand white and find. This is probably good for snorkeling as well although I did not try it.

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Los Angeles
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170 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We drove down, parked, walked to the beach and turned around. It was rammed with people, made worse by the fact the sandy part was small. My recommendation is to skip this one and go to the quieter ones nearby.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This beach is just beautiful! We had recently visited the caribbean and were surprised to come over the hill and see the water at Kua Bay. It is so clear and the sand is soft and white. We were only there for a little while because we made a huge mistake, no umbrella! This beach does not have any shade... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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222 reviews 222 reviews
35 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Absolutely beautiful beach and sand. Good accommodations. Bring food and drinks as there is nothing to buy here. Great beach with pretty good snorkeling too!

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