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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #2 of 34 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

For all of you tourist showing up at Kua Bay and running into the beautiful cobalt waters during the winter time, this message is for you. Yesterday, 11.25.2014, an unsuspecting tourist from Utah drowned at Kua Bay. Bodyboarders pulled him out of the water and good citizens on the beach performed CPR on him for 20 minutes before EMT's showed... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Body surfing, large expansive sandy beach, snorkeling. Showers too. This beach has it all. Parking is a little wonky and you may have to walk a bit, but its worth it.

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BROOKS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The sand is just excellent. The body surfing and snorkeling on th north end of the beach were also very good. Visited this site three times on our vacation.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Worth a visit to this Gorgeous area. Nice place to play in the waves, easy drive in. Less crowded off to the left. Soft white sand, but in the winter there is less sand and mostly rocky areas where you sit/sun. Parking lot will be full by 11am even during the week. But people spread out once at the beach.... More

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I wasn't expecting to have a lot of fun snorkeling here, but the reef is quite good. Parking can be a problem here, as it is next to a luxury hotel. Once on the beach, don't waste time soaking up sun. Don the mask and get in the water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Swimming was outstanding. We could see whales from the beach and if you were under water you could hear them also. The right amount of waves to bounce around in and perfect temperature. The beach was a little small this time of year.

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Riverside, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Kua Bay is a must visit beach on the Big Island. There is not many white sand beaches, so take advantage of this spot. Great for sun bathing, snorkling, and photo ops. Not much shade and parking is limited (but free). Check out my blog for more details & pictures www.closet-creep.com/2014/11/colorful-sand-on-big-island.html

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This was definitely one of the nicest beaches i went to on the Kona side. My friends and i returned here 3 times to enjoy the spectacular views, the clean blue water and the soft white sand. Given the lava on the Kona side, sandy beaches are few. Easy access, Toilets and showers also made this a great place to... More

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Waterman, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Wonderful beach! Beautiful waters and lots of sand. Surf can be rough at times. Not crowded during the weekdays.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Such a beautiful place. White soft sand and fun waves. Easy access with a car. Toilets and showers. Perfect to spend a day in the sun.

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