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“A TOUCH OF THE CARIBBEAN” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Ranked #5 of 123 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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kirkland
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A TOUCH OF THE CARIBBEAN”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

THE most beautiful beach near Kona . The calm turquoise bay is surounded by a crescent of soft white sand Located just north of the airport. There is not much parking and it can get crowded. a short climb down some rocks to get to the beach. We visited several days in a row and saw a sea turtle each visit.

Visited July 2014
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Leesvillle, SC
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“beautiful beach with really good snorkeling”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Soft white sand”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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