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“beautiful beach with really good snorkeling” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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 #2 of 111 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Leesvillle, SC
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“beautiful beach with really good snorkeling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Crystal clear waters dotted with lava rock formations make for a picture perfect beach. Young people could dive safely from cliffs into the slightly deeper water; snorkeling was actually surprisingly good especially since it wasn't really known for snorkeling! Snorkel the right end when approaching the bay. The sand is clean and white and the beaches were populated with locals and tourists, but not too crowded as far as I'm concerned. There isn't much for shade but umbrellas and canopies will work fine there. Also, no bathroom facilities so take care of business before you go! This is an absolutely beautiful beach and should be on everyone's hit list for the Big Island!

Visited July 2014
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Redwood City, California
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“Soft white sand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This beach is excellent for swimming and I didn't find the waves to be too strong. It did get a little hot on the beach but what better way to cool down than to take a dip in the clear blue water? We tried to snorkel but didn't find anything too interesting, although we didn't really venture that far out. It didn't take us long to find parking, but then again we did go in the afternoon so I'm not sure what parking is like in the morning.

Visited July 2014
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San Bruno, California
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“Most beautiful beach on the Big Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Did not like the (very) short climb down the rocks with two toddlers to get there. However, it was worth it. Loved the white sand and picture perfect blue water.

Visited July 2014
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Arlington, Texas
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Take the family, spend the day. I enjoyed reading a book and relaxing. Bring sunscreen and extra water.

Visited June 2014
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Palmyra, Virginia
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“Great beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Beautiful beach with excellent snorkling on the North end. Bathhouse and showers available onsite. Waves were not to rough for small children. Excellent beach for family outing.

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