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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Hwy. 19, dirt road N. of mile marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #3 of 47 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Located off the Queen Kahumanu hwy, this beach has pristine white sands and some really blue water. It is pretty rocky though, so it probably cannot accomodate a large crowd. But the sunset is amazing here and it is just so peaceful! I went here on my 2nd trip to Big Island, and probably should've visited when I went the... More

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I am in love with this beach!?! The water was amazing, clear & the sand was like no other. It was perfect. Besides having to climb rocks to get to the beach, there were none there in your way once you reached the beach. Waves were awesome & just the view itself was breath taking!!!!!!

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Ventura, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Beautiful white sand and turquiose waters. We loved the remote and rugged surroundings. Not for faint of heart. We body surfed to some decent sized waves. Best beach in Kohala area for good wave activities. Nice new restroom and shower area near parking lot. Much smaller crowds during midweek as locals flood the area on weekends.

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columbus
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5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This is one of those supposedly "hidden" beaches. But I think the word is out how beautiful it was because it was pretty crowded for a Wednesday morning. It was just picture perfect and the kids loved boogie boarding in the waves. There was even soft sand, which was hard to find on this part of the Island. We will... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is an amazing beach, but not for everyone. Getting to the water involves picking your way walking over lava and there isn't a ton of space here. The water is beautiful, BUT they are not kidding about the rip current. You can very easily and quickly be pulled away from shore, which is even scarier if there is a... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A great place away from the "tourists". One word 'beautiful'. Lots of locals go this beach, you have to know where to go.

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Singapore
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8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

In my personal opinion, this small secluded beach is the best in Hawaii. The water is clear and the sand is soft. But most of all the waves are strong enough to impress you but still safe for swimming. I loved it more than the popular Hapuna beach.

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Nor Cal
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I call this "Hurt Me Beach" because the first time I saw it, it just took my breath away. Yes, it's that pretty. The water is so clear you can see through the waves. The sand is easy to walk on and a beautiful golden white. There are restrooms and parking that quickly fills up. So why not 5 stars?... More

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Ladysmith, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were there on a rough day so boogie boarded for 5 hours!! Loved it!! The sand is very fine and white and the water is sooooo blue!!

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Christina Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

We arrived at this little spot early in the morning. Small beautiful little beach but gets busy. Good waves for boogie boarders. Not much parking so get there early and leave early when the crowds start to arrive.

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