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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 50 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Beaches
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

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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99 helpful votes 99 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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Sanford, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Love the Hawaiian beaches, it a beautiful spot. Beaches stay clean and have that beautiful Hawaiian appeal.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

For swimming, boogie boarding or just hanging out and enjoying the turquoise water and white sand, this was my favorite beach on the big island. It can get crowded, but there is plenty of parking along the side of the road and it's an easy walk to the beach. Don't skip this one on your big island visit!

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Mountain View, California
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4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Super beautifulm picture perfect beach with unreal water color. Downside: Parking is tricky when you get there too late, nearly no shade and quite busy on the weekend. Its absolutely beautiful but I'd recommend to drive up a bit farther north and get to Puako Bay instead, lots of shade, less people and great snorkeling!

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Kailua, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

While staying in Kailua-Kona, we took a short drive up to this beautiful beach in the late afternoon (around 4pm) on 4 September. We had no problem finding parking and there weren't many folks on the beach. The water was warm, the sand was soft, and it was incredibly peaceful. You might also notice some stray cats in the area,... More

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Probably the nicest beach we have visited on the Big Island. Sometimes parking is tough, but worth the try.

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We arrived early on Labor Day and were lucky to find a great parking spot. It got pretty crowded later, but everyone was just having fun and the crowds were not a problem. It was calm early in the morning, and the snorkeling to the left off the beach was EXCELLENT! The water was crystal clear and the fish were... More

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