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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I finally saw a whale jump at kua bay. Gorgeous beach. We will be back again next March. Parking is easy too.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The bay is just awesome, good waves, beautiful sands, and great swimming. The only downfall is that everybody knows it, and it is packed, if you aren't there early, early, be prepared for the hike - because you may end up parking good 1/4 mile up the road to stake out your piece of sand. Drop the icechest, chairs, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went to almost every beach on the entire Big Island. This beach had something for everyone in our group: easy water access without rocks, great snorkeling, boogeyboarding was decent too. (One day had pretty strong waves from after the hurricane, so be careful.) Great for the kids and adults!

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We love to come here. There are sandy and grassy areas to lounge around in. There is also a restroom and shower on the way in and out to the parking lot. BUT- there are 2 things you need to know about this beach. 1st- this sits on the shore behind residential and resort properties. You will need to get... More

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San juan capistrano
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very nice local beach enjoyed by the locals for decades and rather difficult to reach. By listing it on Trip Advisors it will shortly be ruined with too many beachgoers, difficulty with access/egress, and what happens to pristine beaches when they are over-run by hordes of people. Do the locals a favor, and go to a well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited a handful of top 25 beaches on our trip and thought this one had the most beautiful scenery. The beach is enclosed by rocks, with white sand and crystal clear aquamarine water. Only drawback was that the beach is not large so it was more crowded than some of the others. Regardless, the beach is a must see... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great beach, with very nice blue waters. There are two small hills that are an easy 10 min hike that give a great view of the Kua Bay. There are also rocks in the water which are perfect for jumping off (10ft). This is a popular beach though, so if remote is your thing you may not like Kua as... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Kua Bay is about as beautiful as it gets. Stark white sand, several different colors of blue water, all in contrast with the pungent black rocks that line the beach and poke out from the water. Gates usually open at 9, but this place fills up fast. Many people end up parking along the roadway. The snorkeling can be pretty... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Picture perfect place....water is amazing...sand is white...beautiful black lava rocks on both ends. The surf was a little "sucky", but not bad. lSnorkeling was not very good because the water was not super clear...no coral. Getting to the beach was a short hike across a lava field...no big deal.

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Northern California
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6 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Once upon a time this was a locals only place - you used to drive forever down a lava rock road. Not anymore - the word is out - the state has paved the road (and even added showers) So now that spoiled and the secret is out I feel I can write about it (what? You think I wanted... More

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