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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Absolutely gorgeous beach. Lots of sand and great waves for body surfing. I saw a turtle swimming... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2018
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Beautiful Beach. One of the finest I've ever seen

This beach is extremely beautiful. We were told that this was a great beach but very busy. There... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Maple Ridge, Canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

Absolutely gorgeous beach. Lots of sand and great waves for body surfing. I saw a turtle swimming by twice. There is also a food truck, definitely get a Hawaiian flavor shave ice with coconut cream topping! YOU WON'T REGRET!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Anastasia212
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This beach is extremely beautiful. We were told that this was a great beach but very busy. There were maybe 120 people there but the beach is very large so there was a ton of room for everyone. The beach and water were amazing. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tag1991
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We wanted a beach that was similar to Makalawena, but a bit easier to access for our kids. This one did the trick! White sand, great surf. Occasionally the waves were powerful, but overall this was the perfect place for my 8 and 10 year...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank johnny_pitchfork
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

The water is beautifully clear. Great place to hang out and get in the water. The beach is completely sandy, no rocks in the water. There are bathrooms, outdoor showers, and a descent amount of parking.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank staples_travelers
Reviewed 18 October 2018

This is an out-of-the-way beach and definitely worth the trip. It was stunning. We did not swim although there were many people on the beach and in the water.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Kim C
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We loved this beach - amazing views, blue water and white sand. We body surfed - and snorkeled - had lunch, beautiful day

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pdub62258
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Love this beach, water so blue and powdery white sand. One of our favorite beaches on the island. Plan to spend some time here and bring a sun shelter. If the water isn't too rough, good place to snorkle.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Go57504
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Very popular with the locals, so very crowded on the weekends. Not so bad during the week, parking spots are limited most of the parking is along the road so be prepared to walk. Definitely popular with the local younger crowd, maybe not the best...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank keith e
Reviewed 8 October 2018

This gorgeous beach just north of Kona is fantastic for swimming, as it has beautiful white sand extending out a good ways into the ocean with a modest drop-off. The waves, though powerful, are not overwhelming -- great for body surfing.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank abattenhouse
Reviewed 6 October 2018

Our favorite Big Island beach! Gorgeous, clean sandy beach, has restroom facilities, decent parking. We took snorkel gear from our hotel and wound up seeing a few sea turtles and a bunch of fish by the rocks.

Date of experience: September 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!!