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“Great beach, tourists not so much”

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Ranked #6 of 133 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great beach, tourists not so much”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

Nothing wrong with the beach, it is beautiful but a bit wavier than others. A bit of a rocky path to the beach with some interesting areas to explore right around where the beach is to see shells, tide pools and some wildlife.

Just be aware that because this beach is closer to Kailuea Kona it tends to attract more of the younger American crowd. Most are fine but we did encounter some rather loud southerners making inappropriate comments, drinking and swearing it up on our visit. We moved away and found a quieter spot and it was fine however just be aware if you are looking for a more family friendly beach you may want to try Hapuna a bit further north.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank bigfernie
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Cumberland, R.I.
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16 reviews
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

People warned us that this beach would be hard to find but after, a couple of missteps, we made it. The earlier you go, the less crowded it will be. The water is spectacular and the beach is incredibly beautiful. The surf is no joke, though. After speaking with some locals, i found out that there are a number on spinal injuries every year and there is no lifeguard. There is little shade so i suggest beach umbrellas for comfort. Well worth the effort to get there.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Must see beach”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

The most beautiful beach with a short drive from Kona. Parking is always a challenge but worth the walk if you need to park up the hill a way

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Larry E
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Absolutely loved this beach, I think I liked it even better than Hapuna. The water went from azure to aqua to turquoise, just stunning. Swam with a young sea turtle just going about his business.

Visited May 2013
3 Thank Lisa C
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Sterling, Virginia
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“Stunningly clear water + sugar sand”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Up until last Thursday afternoon, Hapuna Beach had been my favorite Big Island beach, hands down. Then I took the advice of Megan at Aloha Toe Rings at the Kona Inn Shopping Center, and wandered down the access road directly opposite the sign for the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery out on Hwy 19. Thankfully, this is now a paved road. Don't look for any sign which actually reads Kua Bay, those you do see will read either Kekeha Kai or Manini'owali. As I first laid eyes on the water itself here, I let out an audible gasp. Turquoise, azure, cornflower, lapis, emerald, teal, every possible strain of green and blue was stretched out in glorious bands in front of me. I couldn't get down there soon enough. It is a very small parking circle next to the restrooms, showers and picnic tables, otherwise you take what's available along the roadside lining this access road. If you arrive prior to about 10 or 11a, you probably won't have too long a trek down to the sand. Be careful as there is a bit of a rocky walk down to the actual beach. Use your beach chair for balance, too, as you make your way back up and over the lava boulders as you depart. If you can drag yourself away from such an oasis. Once you get past the close-in shorebreak, into the waist-chest deep water, you will be fine. They do have posted signs regarding the current and shorebreak. Pay attention to them. It's the knee-deep stuff that'll get you when you're not looking. The old adage about not turning your back on the ocean, words to live by. This is a wonderful find, off the beaten path, no big screaming signs, hopefully it will retain its charm. So go, just not that often!

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Christine C
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