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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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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had found out about Kua Bay in a magazine just before our trip to the Big Island, and we are so glad we did! What a beautiful beach, just 15 minutes from our resort. The trick is to get there early (around 8am) and the beach is EMPTY. This gave us a good hour without many people around....just gorgeous!... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited this beach and thought it was beautiful. The left side of the beach seems better suited for boogie boarding/swimming since the far right side has some rocks/reef. The water can be a little rough for snorkeling on the right side but if you are confident in your ability you may just see a turtle and... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Busy on the weekends but great during the week. Easy drop off area, nice bathroom and rinse showers. Bring shade, not a lot of trees.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We just had an amazing day at this beach! Not only is it beautiful, but it's fun! It was pretty packed by 10am, so my husband dropped me off and then went to go find parking. The climb down to the sand is a bit tricky, but doable. We brought an umbrella as it does it quite hot and is... More

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This beach is breathtakingly beautiful with a soft white sand beach. It's just north of the airport. Considered one of the clearest waters in the world. A must see in the Kona area.

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Fayetteville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This beach gets very high marks from Tripadvisor reviewers and rightfully so. Some things I would emphasize that others have said: The setting is as scenic as it gets on the Big Island's west coast; the water is crystal-clear and mesmerizingly South Seas blue; the sand is comfortably fine and soft; access is easy on a fine paved road, but... More

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Quebec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Went there twice during my 3 week vacation on the 4 main islands of Hawaii. This is my favorite beach, equivalent to the ones i saw in the Bahamas. It would have been nice though if there were a bit more areas with shade. There are very few threes around so if you go there, get ready for serious sun.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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

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

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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