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Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Beautiful beach

This is a lovely, secluded beach. If you have time it is worth the effort to continue onto Makalawena beach, however if you don't fancy the walk Manini'owali beach is a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2013
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Lechlade, United Kingdom
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Lechlade, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

This is a lovely, secluded beach. If you have time it is worth the effort to continue onto Makalawena beach, however if you don't fancy the walk Manini'owali beach is a great place to spend a few hours

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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Spectacular "secret" Beach in protected Kekaha Kai State Park, complete with paved driveway and restrooms, showers. No shops. Although the semi-urbanization of this natural treasure might put off someone looking for true untouched nature, once you step off the asphalt and down the rocky path to the talcum soft white sand beach and crystal clear blue waters, you are transported... More 

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Catonsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This beach was the most beautiful beach we went to on the big island. Very strong waves, there were a lot of body surfers here. There is now a paved road to the beach, the turn is right across from the veterans cemetery entrance. Parking could accommodate about 30 cars, but people made their own spots when those ran out.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We sat on the black volcano rocks at the top and watched the surfers below riding the waves. The scenery- the contrast of the light blue shore, white sand, and the black rocks, is absolutely gorgeous!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I remember when it was 4 wheel drive and you had the beach all to yourself maybe a sea lion. Not any more road accessible. Path to beach over natural lava steps not for those unsteady on their feet. No shade. No lifeguard. Be smart watch the waves and other swimmers when it's busy a lot of near misses because... More 

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Easily accessible with a convenient parking lot and bathrooms near the beach. Serene, quiet and not very crowded - gorgeous white sand with black lava rocks surrounding it. My boyfriend and I went near dusk to watch the sunset. The cove is protected from the wind more than most beaches and the waves are fairly calm.

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Reedsport, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We went to this beach twice and loved it. The first trip we got in some snorkeling before it got too rough. (Better in the summer) The second trip was just to relax on the beach. That time it had huge waves and the body surfers were having a blast. The only drawbacks were a lack of shade and parking.... More 

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Real nice sand and mostly safe swimming. The sharks don't stop in very often. Shower by the john and the restrooms are mostly clean. Nice stop on the way down to eat some grinds and watch the ocean including whales in season. Great white sand in a small cove that is usually not to full of people. Take sunscreen since... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

There are a lot of beaches off the Queen K hwy on the Big Island. Most of them are part of mega-resorts or require a bone jarring drive on a lava road. The nice thing about Kua Bay is that it's relatively close to Kona (about a 30 min drive depending on traffic) and there is a nice paved road... More 

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Easy to get here because there are signs from the highway but it's in between mile marker 88 and 89. Road leading to beach is paved. Beach in itself is really nice. Beautiful lava rock formations in the shore and quiet. Parking is available but not that many spots. Nice place to photograph especially during sunset.

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