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Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Kua Bay Sea Turtles and Snorkeling!

White Sand Beach, Soft Sand, Crystal Clear Water, and not crowded. This was our favorite place to snorkeling in Hawaii. Beautiful reefs with many fish! We saw 5 different sea... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

White Sand Beach, Soft Sand, Crystal Clear Water, and not crowded. This was our favorite place to snorkeling in Hawaii. Beautiful reefs with many fish! We saw 5 different sea turtles within the first hour of snorkeling. Location has parking lot, road parking with plenty of spaces, and has a public restroom.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Paved road all the way down to the beach. Parking isn't as bad as I had read about from other reviewers. There is a roundabout where you can drop off your stuff if the parking lot is pretty full. We (6 adults 3 kids (one of which is just 3)) went on a Saturday morning/afternoon. It was busy, but not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Water is warm & clear, with fun waves for kids. The snorkeling was bad, though I've been disappointed by Big Is. compared with the other islands.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Have to agree with everyone else who has said get there early to beat the wind and the crowds. We arrived just before 9am on a summer weekday and there were probably only 10 other families there and we were able to get a parking spot right up close, but come 11am when we left, the beach was very crowded... More 

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Signal Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The water at Kua Bay is unbelievable! I had to keep asking myself if I was dreaming! The beach is nice but you need to bring your own shade. The water was pretty calm and kid friendly. I wish we would have known about Kua Bay at the beginning of our trip so we could have spent more days there.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Why is it you always find the best of your trip on the last day??? This little beach was absolutely stunning! A pristine white sand beach flanked by black lava rock on both sides with easy surf. We found a beautiful coral reef around the corner to the right where we found a turtle grazing and bright fish and even... More 

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Volcano, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

First the bad news - there was a shark attack here in the last year. Parking often makes for a long hike. Rugged lava rocks can make the trip down to the beach treacherous. Beach and water can get clogged with people. Undertow can smack you down and hold you (this happened to me). Having said all that, I adore... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Pretty perfect! Sandy, clear water, quick access, a variety of blue colors, not crowded...just lovely. I think every Kona visitor should get to this beach!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Manini'owali Beach is a short trek north of the Kona airport, and just past another State Park entrance and it's another no-fee beach park. It's a great spot any time of the day, but I especially recommend stopping an hour or two before sunset and hanging out in the surf while you wait for the sun to go down. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was an amazing beach. Really pretty, small and not very busy. The swimming is not as good as Hapuna Beach though since there are more rocks and there is no lifeguard. Also, be prepared for a bit of an adventure driving in. The road is very unimproved so it's really best to have a 4x4 although cars do it... More 

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Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona

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