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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Fantastic Beach

Bring the kids. This beach has it all. Boogie boarding. Snorkelling. Whale sounds underwater... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Darci H

Great beach for the family! Sand is lovey water fantastic!! Worth a visit! Lava rocks for little's... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Bring the kids. This beach has it all. Boogie boarding. Snorkelling. Whale sounds underwater. Rocks. Sand. I'd come here every day if I could.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Darci H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great beach for the family! Sand is lovey water fantastic!! Worth a visit! Lava rocks for little's to explore, snorkelling etc. Plenty of space for the family to run around.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 263dee
Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful spot and fairly small inside Kua Bay. Nice powdery tan sand everywhere. Parking is limited but you will see vehicles lining the drive even on weekdays. Lava rocks all over. A small bit of stepping on/over lava rock so at least bring shoes if...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DeekWI
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved this beach. Beautiful white sand, great waves for boogie boarding or body surfing. Stunning turquoise water. Busy but not overly crowded. No lifeguard but no big undertow and lots of shallow space for weaker swimmers. Also called Manini’owali Bay (Kua Bay). Watch for road...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Culture552884
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went twice on our stay. Not a lot of sandy space while we were there, but we never had a problem finding a spot, probably not ideal for large groups. One day we went had good surf for body boarding the second day we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank rwinbu
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful Hawaii beach! Just be aware that there is quite a bit of climbing on lava rocks involved, could be a challenge for those with mobility issues. The water is clear & fun for boogie boarding. Love it!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jennjtill
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, stunning beach but be aware those waves can be a lot stronger than you think. Easy access, lots of areas to sit. Keep your eyes on your children when you are in the water those waves can take anyone out but lots of fun....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Amanda_Princ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! This is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. There is parking and bathroom facilities. The walk to the beach is a little rocky so wear appropriate shoes. Also, finding shade can be difficult so if you're planning to stay for more than an...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank M6083XIsherrys
Reviewed 1 week ago

People get wrecked all the time on this beach. The fair size waves can lul you to sleep and then BAM! A huge set comes out of nowhere 2 to 3 times the size you have seen for 10 minutes or more. People try to...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jimdandyofor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful in every way but be very careful! The waves can be a lot stronger than you anticipated. Restroom and shower facilities available. If you get there later in the day you may have to walk a bit to get to the beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julian P
31 January 2019|
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Response from jman1465 | Reviewed this property |
There are no shops at the beach. There is toilets and showers but that is it. Not many beaches in Kona have vendors.
Maria E
21 October 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
21 October 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!!