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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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I feel I should lie and say don't go (But I can't - you MUST go)

Kua Bay and the beach are must stop locations. The beaches on the big island are few for a really... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Crystal clear water and soft white sand.

Kua has so much to offer! Warm, clear water, waves for all sizes of boogie boarders and great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kamloops, Canada
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Kua Bay and the beach are must stop locations. The beaches on the big island are few for a really good beach.. this is a really great beach. Come and enjoy (I am local and this is a must go location).

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank psoup1965
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great swimming beach, but there are a lot of people there. I'd get there a little early to beat the crowd. Also the road in is a little rough. It's perfect if you have a 4x4.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sophia E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Kua has so much to offer! Warm, clear water, waves for all sizes of boogie boarders and great snorkeling on the south end of the beach.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank smunk2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful beach with calm waves on days we visited! Wear supportive shoes to traverse the lava rocks to get to beach. Easy parking with restrooms and showers. Some of the clearest water you will see.☮️🌊

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank julierS6486EN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Access to this beach on the western side of the Big Island is quite easy. Parking is limited so early arrival is recommended. Bathroom facilities are available here but you should bring your own umbrellas for shade and your own food and beverages. The water...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank LauraM12549
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were checking out beaches farther up and away from Kona because the Volcano Smog was so awful while we were there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mepps W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The drive off of the main road is rough but the beach is worth it.Once you park you have a little walk down a gravel road that leads to the beach.There is usually a turtle or 2 in the shallow water near the shore.Plenty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cster43
Reviewed November 7, 2018

I planned on going to this beach but was a bit hesitant since a lot of TripAdvisor reviews mentioned that it's hard to get to and requires a trek over volcanic rock from the highway that can be tricky. This is NOT true! We went...More

Date of experience: November 2018
7  Thank Global63132592669
Reviewed November 6, 2018

One of our favorite beaches for sunbathing and swimming / snorkeling. The water is very clear and the surf wasn't to big. Have to get back!

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Scott I
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Locatedt a few miles north of the airport with good paved access and parking. Restroom and shower at parking lot. Get there early because it gets busy. Surf was a bit rough for body surfing the day we visited, but according to a local with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joachim S
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Maria E
October 20, 2018|
Response from Mark M | Reviewed this property |
It's only about 13 miles north of the cruise port but the traffic is usually heavy - especially going back south towards the ships. Seems like there is always construction. Depending on the time of day I'd allow 25 minutes... More
October 20, 2018|
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Response from Naomi P | Reviewed this property |
Yes- absolutely-beware of sea urchin clusters on nearby rock outcroppings- I would wear surf shoes. Enjoy!!
Caleb H
October 17, 2018|
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Response from prestonsult | Reviewed this property |
Probably Uber. Don’t rent a scooter to go to Kua Bay. From a local.