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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Beautiful beach!

Great snorkeling, boogie boarding and scenery. Arrive early to get the best spot on the beach. It’s... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2019
Ken E
Lawrenceville, GA
Kua Bay

This beach was absolutely beautiful! Clear water and white sand. The water was rough so I did not... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2019
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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
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Our concierge from the Sheraton Keauhou Bay told us to try this beach. The sand was the best I found on the Big Island. The water was crystal clear between each big wave. We tried to snorkel, but decided it was to rough, so then...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mgdevine
Reviewed 6 January 2019

Get there early to get a parking spot. Beautiful beach, good snorkelling and a great place to spend the day. It was busy the day we went but easy to get a place to set up chairs. Tried to find a hike from the beach...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jlharp
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

This was a beautiful off the beaten path beach recommended by folks at our hotel that was easy to access. The waves were bigger than we expected but the varying shades of blue and turquoise in the water were beautiful and the sand was soft...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AlexandriaMom79
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

We got there at 9PM, park opens at 8AM. It does get crowded but might be the best beach in the area for kids under 10 who want to frolic and boogie board. That is, if the ocean is somewhat calm. I thought Hapuna and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank nodoor
Reviewed 31 December 2018

I love this beach! It has beautiful sand, bathrooms, parking. The only problem is when there are lots of tourist it can be really overcrowded. There are just as beautiful beaches just down the road with far less people.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tessa F
Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

Kua Bay was by far my SO’s favorite beach on the Big Island, and I must say, it is a very beautiful beach with soft sand. It being a bay, it feels quite intimate and small, perfect for families, couples, and friends. The color of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank stripesandcanvas
Reviewed 28 December 2018

Kua Bay was so much more enjoyable before the road was paved and the hordes descended . Still a great beach but crowded. A word to those not familiar with surf in Hawaii, HEADS UP!! Be aware of what's going on in the water ,...More

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank livaloha
Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach. Sand is very soft, water is very blue and the surf was perfect. Waves not too big to discourage boogie boarding with my teenage daughters, not too small to be boring. Great day!

Date of experience: December 2018
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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!!