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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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

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Great for those who like the big waves

This beach was really hard to find as the turn off from the highway isn't marked. It's right across from the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and I suggest using google maps to find... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Shana820
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Port Moody, BC
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Port Moody, BC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This beach was really hard to find as the turn off from the highway isn't marked. It's right across from the Veterans Memorial Cemetery and I suggest using google maps to find it. There is mostly volcanic rock and only a small amount of sand and large waves not suitable for kids.

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kua Bay, as it is known to anyone who goes there, is one of the prettiest beaches on an island that is full of beaches. Full services, bathrooms, showers, but not any shade to speak of, it is nonetheless one of the most popular beaches on the sunny, west side of the Big island. Easy to find and drive to,... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only discovered this beach on our last day on the Big Island. For anyone is a very good swimmer and loves to bodysurf or boogie board this is the beach for you. The beach has full services and there is a nice beach area for sitting. Not much shade if you want to escape the heat.

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Stevensville, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kua Bay & Beach are beautiful, but it can be hard to get down to the beach over the lava rocks. There is a new road (used to be 4-wheel drive road) and toilets, A short walk from end of road where there are a couple of picnic tables. Great views. To get to the beach is a little more... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The waves were a little high for swimming that day. But it was a beautiful spot to stop, enjoy the sun, and play in the waves. We were lucky while there and got to watch 3 whales jumping close to shore.

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Ottertail, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are more accessible beaches around Kona; this one requires a walk over lava to get to the sand, and there's not room for a LOT of people, but you can catch a few waves or find a spot to read. Has showers and a nice building with bathrooms at the top.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a lot of sandy beach areas on the big island, so hard to rate it less than 4! Rocky access (ankle twister...be careful) and the waves can be a little aggressive. Beautiful and made for a nice afternoon.

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Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this beach the last day of our vacation. It was not very crowded and very relaxing. There were cars parked on the road where you turn off the highway--don't park here, it is a long walk to the beach and there is free parking at the end of the road. There are also restrooms, a shower, and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach is not the best for strolling (too rocky) or splashing around (too rough) but if you're a strong swimmer or just want to enjoy some of the most beautiful water Hawaii has to offer this is the place to do it. Turn left directly across from the Veteran's Cemetery and enjoy the views on the way in. There... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were told that every time they put a sign up for this beach, the locals take it down. Drive a couple miles north of the airport and when you see a sign for a cemetery, get in the left land and follow the road down to the beach. Great view

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