Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • Kelly R
    Reno, Nevada32 contributions
    Best beach ever!
    My daughter chose this beach and we went back a second time and when we chose a different beach on our third beach day, all we heard was that it wasn't as good as Kua Bay. Surf was amazing. Lava rocks on beach created cool spaces in sand to separate people. also the clarity and color of the water was unbelievable.
    Written January 2, 2022
  • hhclemrn
    Everett, Washington319 contributions
    Always a favorite for our family
    This is a beautiful, clean beach with clear water, great waves for body surfing and boogie boarding, and plenty of sand for sunning. Bathrooms are clean. The park now has a shower area for rinsing off salt water. Snorkeling is ok here off to the protected edges. Waves can get crazy, so know your limits. Visibility not the greatest. Occasionally see a sea turtle and a few fish. This is the only beach we visit every single time we go to the Big Island. We went 3 times this visit if that gives readers an idea of how much we love it and recommend it.
    Traveled with family
    Written April 27, 2022
  • Chris W
    Budapest, Hungary384 contributions
    Great beach, go early
    Great beach, white sand, good facilities. Hot tip, go as early in the day as possible to avoid the crowds and get a park close to the beach. We got there around 930am and by the time we left at midday, the beach was absolutely packed (too full). @cwenzel_
    Traveled with family
    Written April 16, 2022
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Jeff C
Sandy, UT274 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
It would be a misnomer to call this beach a hidden gem as it can get very crowded, especially on the weekends. It’s easy to find, it’s the turn off on Hwy 19 directly across from the access to the Veterans Memorial Cemetery which is well marked.

This beach is popular with boogie boarders and body surfers. There were some nice waves yet somehow on windy days it’s protected from the strong gusts. It has a unique combination of white sand and lava rock which makes it very picturesque. However, when crowded you have to get creative in picking a spot. The water is clear and warm.
Written March 2, 2020
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Dave D
Anchorage, AK11 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Easy to get to, parking is limited, but people are always leaving so it’s not terrible if you arrive a little late. The right side of the bay fills up fast and generally gets pretty crowded. The left side is awesome, better views and piece and quiet. We went six times out of twenty-one days and it was always the same, no one on the left side. Some of the best coral and shelling on the island as well. Very defined finger corals, no lava rock attached so you don’t have to worry for Pele’s curse. Walk a little bit further to the left on the lava field and there are many small tide pools to explore.
Written January 20, 2023
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Fred L
San Jose, CA1,515 contributions
Jul 2021
My family and I were on vacation in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area in July and we went to Kua Bay Beach which was a short drive away. We arrived ~2pm and got there just as someone was leaving a spot close to the bathrooms. We were relieved because there were cars parked what seemed to be half a mile away along the road to the beach. There are some stairs and some rocks you need to navigate to get to the beach. The sand was soft and white. The water was unbelievably warm and clear . It was almost like being in a heated pool. The beach was not overly crowded as it seemed like there was a constant stream of people coming and going. The waves oscillated between gentle and strong and it was great for boogie boarding. Our girls (6 & 8) enjoyed playing in the water and looking out for schools of small silver fish that would swim by from time to time near the shoreline. There were some strong winds that hit the beach from time to time that would send people scrambling for their umbrellas. There were a good number of showers and a bathroom. This is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen and one of our family’s favorites during our Kona stay.
Written August 17, 2021
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH1,977 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This was our favorite beach for swimming and sunsets from our trip. We went here twice and so glad we did. The water was beautiful and fun to swim in with the waves. We also saw the sunset which was so beautiful with so many different shades of color reflecting off the water, sand, and rocks. We preferred the smaller area to the left of the beach but the right side has more space. It seemed like a popular place but wasn’t too crowded. They do have outdoor showers which was nice. We had to park along the road to get there but the walk wasn’t far. This beach is not to be missed!
Written February 8, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,655 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
Dropping down into this bay from the Highway presents you with a picture perfect turquoise cove. Nice parking lot, restrooms and remarkable sand. Exposed to the surf, not the best for snorkeling, better for boogie boarding and a quick dip. Windy the day we visited, will definitely go back and spend another day
Written February 4, 2021
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Zionlyon
Silverthorne, CO44 contributions
Mar 2020
We were there in March which is apparently not a good time due to the rough surf and powerful waves. We staked out a small space on the limited sand and had people practically stepping on our toes to pass as it was so crowded. Body surfing & boogie boarding tough due to watching out for the all the people, then I sustained an injury when I got thrown on my shoulder and will likely need surgery. This was our first trip to the Big Island, guess we are just accustomed to the uncrowded beachs of South Maui, good thing we went there on the first leg of our trip.
Written April 13, 2020
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subzi
13 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
I loved this beach so much that I made my husband come back here before our trip was over. Soft, white sand, crystal clear water, beautiful blue hues, in contrast with the black lava rocks make this the most beautiful beach Ive ever been to in my life (so far!). Parking could be better, but we came during weekdays at around 8:30 AM and both times could park fairly easily. There were already some people, but we easily found a secluded area to just relax. There is no shade like others have mentioned, so bring a beach umbrella if you can, or if you come on a oartly cloudy day that helps too. I know Hapuna Beach is top rated, but in my eyes Kua Bay should be up there!
Written July 5, 2021
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RobintheWriter
Dallas, TX91 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
This beach is easy to access and it was fairly crowded- you can see why when you get there. Gorgeous blue water, white sand , and a strong surf. Lots of tweens/teenagers on boogie boards or just enjoying getting thrown around by the waves. We saw a herd of wild goats 🐐 feeding in the grass behind the beach. There’s a lifeguard on duty. Would definitely recommend for families!
Written August 12, 2021
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Michael S
Los Angeles, CA64 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
What a wonderful find this beach was. The beautiful clear blue water and the white sand made this a perfect place to swim and just relax. I imagine that once tourism comes completely back, this beach will get super crowded taking a little away from the experience. The parking is limited and the sun can be quite bright and hot, so I suggest going early, or perhaps later in the day when sun-lovers have gotten their fill. The times we went were not too crowded and there was plenty of space on the white sand. It’s a great place to read, take a nap and just relax while those that love the water have an excellent place to swim.
Written March 28, 2021
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Nichole W
Boise, ID38 contributions
Jul 2022
We visited Kua Bay several times during our stay on the Big Island. Soft white sand, clear water with fantastic snorkeling along the rocks, and conveniences like restrooms and showers made this our go-to for beach days. No shade trees at this beach so bring your own shade. Access to the beach from the parking area could be difficult for those with mobility challenges since you have to go down a couple flights of stairs. No ramp or wheelchair access is available. Parking is limited like many beaches so get there early. If you end up parking along the shore side of the road that doesn't have marked parking spots, please pull in nose or tail 1st instead of parallel to the road! This allows more parking for everyone.
Written July 20, 2022
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