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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Beauty Abounds

This beach is really WOW. Perfect white sand, crystalline water, and on the day we went, the waves... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2018
Alberta, Canada
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Manta rays

Just swam with manta rays there... was incredible.. they seem right up to me and around me.. they... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2018
Hilo, Hawaii
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

This beach is really WOW. Perfect white sand, crystalline water, and on the day we went, the waves crashed soothingly in the sunshine. It was too rough to snorkel but even just sitting on the beach was a delight for the senses. We arrived early...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Just swam with manta rays there... was incredible.. they seem right up to me and around me.. they paved the road there and there are bathrooms and showers..

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank reillyfactor
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Kua Bay and the beach are must stop locations. The beaches on the big island are few for a really good beach.. this is a really great beach. Come and enjoy (I am local and this is a must go location).

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018

Great swimming beach, but there are a lot of people there. I'd get there a little early to beat the crowd. Also the road in is a little rough. It's perfect if you have a 4x4.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Sophia E
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Kua has so much to offer! Warm, clear water, waves for all sizes of boogie boarders and great snorkeling on the south end of the beach.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 6 December 2018 via mobile

Beautiful beach with calm waves on days we visited! Wear supportive shoes to traverse the lava rocks to get to beach. Easy parking with restrooms and showers. Some of the clearest water you will see.☮️🌊

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank julierS6486EN
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Access to this beach on the western side of the Big Island is quite easy. Parking is limited so early arrival is recommended. Bathroom facilities are available here but you should bring your own umbrellas for shade and your own food and beverages. The water...More

Date of experience: August 2018
4  Thank LauraM12549
Reviewed 14 November 2018

We were checking out beaches farther up and away from Kona because the Volcano Smog was so awful while we were there.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mepps W
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The drive off of the main road is rough but the beach is worth it.Once you park you have a little walk down a gravel road that leads to the beach.There is usually a turtle or 2 in the shallow water near the shore.Plenty of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank cster43
Reviewed 8 November 2018

I planned on going to this beach but was a bit hesitant since a lot of TripAdvisor reviews mentioned that it's hard to get to and requires a trek over volcanic rock from the highway that can be tricky. This is NOT true! We went...More

Date of experience: November 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!!