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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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White sandy beach!

We were looking for a white sandy beach to lay out and watch the waves. We were treated to... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2019
Eleanor L
Best beach on island

We loved this beach. It's probably the only one I might consider white sand. We were able to swim... read more

Reviewed 27 January 2019
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 31 January 2019

We were looking for a white sandy beach to lay out and watch the waves. We were treated to dolphins playing out in the distance!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Eleanor L
Reviewed 27 January 2019

We loved this beach. It's probably the only one I might consider white sand. We were able to swim in the water and it was crystal clear. It was pretty popular when we were there, but we found a spot no problem. There is a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank travel6345
Reviewed 25 January 2019

This is a great beach has an amazing beach. Not too many rocks and good for surfing, body boarding and snorkeling. The waves are epic in big swell days and on "normal" days it's near perfect. The fish are in the rocky area to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank jman1465
Reviewed 24 January 2019

We have been here twice now and just love it. The boogie boarding and swimming are excellent. We couldn't snorkel the day we went because the surf was too high, however, it is a very nice destination. Get there early for parking. We arrived at...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Snow B
Reviewed 22 January 2019

Best beach great for playing in and just relaxing. Get there early for parking can be bad. Good for sunsets. Wonderful white sand beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank allisonakd
Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

The kids loved boogie boarding at this beach but they were dumped by waves a number of times. The waves are super powerful, even closer in to the shore. Having said that, the undertow is not too strong so we didn’t have concerns about them...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank MmmmmmChocolate
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Beautiful beach with bathrooms and shower. Can get crowded and people have discovered it. watch out if big surf but water was beautiful. No shade.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Very clean and long and wide. Bathrooms but a lot of people. Parking can be a problem for handicapped person but well worth the visit and lots of sun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kopp6522
Reviewed 16 January 2019

Great snorkeling, boogie boarding and scenery. Arrive early to get the best spot on the beach. It’s a small beach and it fills up quickly.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ken E
Reviewed 14 January 2019

This beach was absolutely beautiful! Clear water and white sand. The water was rough so I did not swim out too far however it was pretty warm. Easy access with a paved road but can get crowed very quickly.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Funinthesunchick88
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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!!