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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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Silverdale, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My favorite beach on the island. White sand, usually good waves to body surf, clean bathrooms, and I can even watch whales in season!

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Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful view, saw whales, sat on a stretch of grass with our chairs looking out over the ocean, saw turtles on the beach

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This one of the most beautiful beaches on the big island. However, be very cautious. The surf conditions can be quite deceptive and life-threatening dangerous! Within minutes of entering the water, my Spouse was caught in a rip-current and rapidly swept to the opposite end of the beach; in a rocky, deep and turbulent area that he could not get... More 

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Sitka, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This small beach gets busy! It also recently had much of the sand washed away exposing lots of lava bedrock. This further concentrates people on the remaining sand. I'm sure the beach will rebuild over time. Be careful swimming, the waves can be very big and you could get beat up by them or worse!

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PA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
41 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Largest waves I saw on the Island, but it was in the afternoon when the waves come in. A beatiful blue shade of tourquoise water, but not a beach to snorkel.

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Sonora, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

But sooo many people know about it now...Great place to see the whales off shore in season, spend time in the aqua water catching the waves, or just drinking in the beauty of the place with your eyes. Get there early in the morning or near sunset.

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Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
30 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Read about the beach...visited and revisited 3 times while we were recently on the Big Island. Locals are asking for lifeguards to be instilled on the beach...and we see why...but really, when the waves are huge and pounding...is it fair to enter a dangerous situation and hope a life guard can save you? We went of our own interest..right across... More 

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Hurth, Germany
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This beach is quite particular. You have facilities at the end of the road, including some benches that overlook the beach. You need to climb down some feet to actually reach the beach. This is not suitable for people who have walking or back problems and it definitely is not accessible for wheelchairs. From the benches you can watch the... More 

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Kent
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162 reviews 162 reviews
71 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Spent the day chilling (well, roasting, actually) on this beautiful Hawaiian beach. There is easy access from the 19 right opposite the West Hawaiian Veterans Cemetery. You travel a little under a mile down a speed restricted road (why is there so much tyre rubber on the road?) The parking lot was pretty full at 10.30 am on a weekday,... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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93 reviews 93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This beach has sadly suffered from becoming too popular. Possibly over time its status will sink back to a more laid back level and it will once again become a great place to visit. There are many many beaches along the Kohala coast, and this one has the distinction of being not far from the main road, with no cost... More 

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