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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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Aliso Viejo, California, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This is a great secluded beach but as people said a bit difficult to get down to. Bring everything you need with you. Be careful when boogie boarding or body surfing as the waves have a very strong curl spanked me headfirst into the beach.

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Kailua-kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Lovely swimming at Kua Bay. Pristine beach, but difficult for oldsters like me to go down to the water. I stay topside and watch my great grandchildren in the surf with their parents. I used to be able to go down, the path is kind of rocky, and most younger people can make it easily. There is a shower and... More

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Manini'owali Beach, more commonly referred to as Kua Bay, is located in the northern section of Kekaha Kai State Park on the Kona coast of Hawai'i, the Big Island. The beach isn't clearly marked or highly advertised from the main highway and though small, wasn't overcrowded during our visit. Parking is free with restrooms on site. The actual parking lot... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

White soft sand, clear, turquoise water, snorkeling and boarding options, and great parking/facilities. You'll want to bring shade if you aren't there for full-time sun, but other than that, you've arrived at Perfection!

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Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Enter across from the Veteran's Cemetery, about mm 88 on HWY 19. White sand, blue water, tide pools when the tide is out in the lava rock area. Not much shade or anything else, so bring what you'll need to survive for your time. There are restrooms and a shower to rinse off as well. :)

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

You don't come here for snorkelling. You come so you can walk barefoot in the sand and go straight into the water. Locals come here for beach time. Easy parking, walking and showers. Good for families with little kids.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Loved everything about this beach! Free parking, easy access to beach, water is amazing............no dislikes!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

White sand, clear turquoise water, decent waves at times too. Not much shade and can be crowded so get there early if you want to park close to the sand.

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Campbellsville, Kentucky
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Wish we had checked this beach out before our last day on the Island. It's beautiful, although a bit crowded (we went late in the afternoon) and kind of small but well worth it.

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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Much of the coastline we saw between Kona and Hilo is composed of rocks and there were very few typical sand beaches. On the last day at 4:00, we finally got to this beach and realized the mistake we had made by not going here first. This very long beach was everything you would expect and is perfect for swimming... More

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