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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 50 attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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Modesto, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Now that this beach has a paved road to it, this is a great place to go. For years the locals have needed a 4 wheel drive or a long walk to get there, but now easy access. But go in the morning as the parking gets crazy in the after noon.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This was definitely our favorite beach when we visited Kailua-Kona over the 4th of July weekend. I'm from Oahu, Hawaii, and I have to admit this beach was nicer than the ones back home! Upon driving into the Kekaha Kai beach park, you can see the ocean is extra blue. The parking is along the street and is very easy... More

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This is an absolutely beautiful sandy beach- crystal clear water and a little boogie board surf. It was gentle enough for our smaller kids. There is no shade, and the scramble down over rocks from the main path was challenging for grandma. Restrooms, showers, but usually a walk for parking on a paved road. Very peaceful.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

What a nice state-run beach on the Big Island! Nice restrooms and showering facilities. Parking was a breeze. Easy to access the beach and beautiful ocean area for swimming. As others have said, not much in the way of waves, but a great place to swim.

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Vancouver, BC
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We actually went to this beach - located mid-way between Kona and Waikoloa - to do some boogie boarding, but unfortunately the sea was too calm. However, we were not disappointed because this is one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever visited, with crystal clear water, huge rocks and powder white sand. What a fabulous place, even if... More

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We visited this beach twice, we liked it even more than Hapuna. Great waves for boogie boarding and great reefs to snorkel on the north side of the beach. Parking get's crazy after noon.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We loved this beach. Fine white sand. Turquoise sea. Black rocks on the edges. There is no shade so we made this our 5 o'clock beach, having spent the warmer parts of the day at other, more shaded beaches such as Waialua. It's a short drive off the main highway north of the airport. There is changing and an outdoor... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

this beach is beautiful. My one regret was I didn't bring my camera with me. The currents are very strong and my kids (who are very good swimmers) were afraid of going out into the water. The hike to the beach is very short but not a good beach for anyone who has issues going off a path. Definitely the... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Pros- Beautiful and clean beach Great for boogie boarding/body surfing Easy walk that is do-able in sandals Free parking Cons -when we went it was crowded -snorkeling was not that great, we did see turtles and some fish, but portions of the reef was small, poor visibility and the largest area was dangerous and too rocky

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Absolutely beautiful beach! Please be aware that if you have elderly people with you, getting to the beach will be tough. You walk down rocky paths to reach the beach. The water is beautiful and clear and it wasn't crowded when we were there. I'd go again in a heartbeat!

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