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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Beautiful Beach -- Worth the Trip

If you have a four-wheel drive (like a Jeep and some experience off-roading), get out to see this... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2011
Salt Lake City
Local Recommendation

I had the pleasure of sitting next to a local on the flight from LA to Kona, and she recommended... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2011
Denver, Colorado
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

If you have a four-wheel drive (like a Jeep and some experience off-roading), get out to see this beach. It has silky, sugar-like sand, and it is extremely beautiful. The road leading to it is really rough, but we were rewarded with the place nearly...More

Date of experience: August 2011
3  Thank luvmycat
Reviewed 10 August 2011

I had the pleasure of sitting next to a local on the flight from LA to Kona, and she recommended Kua Bay as a great beach! It's a hidden gem, but not so hidden now that I'm raving about it. It's not marked, so the...More

Date of experience: July 2011
6  Thank lajd2003
Reviewed 7 August 2011

I had read about this beach on trip advisor. I'm so glad I did! This beach is bigger than White Sands beach in Kona an it is only 30 or so minutes away from Kona. On the day we were there the waves were not...More

1  Thank Jordan1996
Reviewed 27 July 2011

Yes, it's a gorgeous beach but since they paved the road a few years ago the beach has become so crowded there's barely room to sit. There's also no shade to speak of. But it's a great whale watching spot, not too far from town,...More

Date of experience: July 2011
3  Thank alhauber
Reviewed 5 July 2011

this has to be the prettiest beach i have ever seen. It may not be as big as hapuna but i think i liked this beach better. hapuna is super pretty too but i liked this one because it is less known so it is...More

Date of experience: June 2011
2  Thank ispyfan8alex
Reviewed 12 June 2011

This beach is amazing for a day at the beach. Pristine white sandy beach and crystal clear water. This is a good area to boogie board, but snorkeling is discourage as the currents are pretty rough and the waves crash pretty hard. This is a...More

Date of experience: June 2011
3  Thank zeroorone
Reviewed 5 June 2011

I've been to Hawaii several times but this was my first time on the Big Island. I didn't think beaches like this existed on the Big Island. Definitely this has to be one of the most beautiful on the Island. The previous directions on this...More

Date of experience: June 2011
9  Thank saintba
Reviewed 23 March 2011

Just across the street from the veterans cemetery on hwy 19 near mile marker 88. The beach is finer than sugar with plenty of places to swim without being bashed into rocks. There are public bathrooms and showers to clean up at before leaving. This...More

5  Thank TheCru_ru
Reviewed 24 December 2010

We visited this most beautiful beach in December 2010. The sand is as fine as sugar, the product of parrot fishes nibbling on the coral reefs. The power of the waves can be quite deceptive. I was swept off my feet and underwater for what...More

5  Thank AscotOttawa
Reviewed 2 November 2009

Most beautiful beach I've seen in Hawaii. Like a Caribbean beach. The water is crystal clear and soooo blue!!. The most white sand I've seen in Hawaii. I'm so glad that the state paved the road down to Kua Bay since our last trip to...More

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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!!