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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Top notch white sandy beach

Beautiful white sandy beach to boogie board, snorkel or just hang for some down time. Parking is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Roel L
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Beautiful white sand beach with turtles

The day we visited, the water was clear and there were quite a few sea turtles to see. The day we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Philip B
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful white sandy beach to boogie board, snorkel or just hang for some down time. Parking is somewhat limited. Easy stroll to the beach.

Thank Roel L
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The day we visited, the water was clear and there were quite a few sea turtles to see. The day we were there the boogie boarding was great but the snorkeling was not due to the larger waves. There were quite a few people at...More

Thank Philip B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After literally tens of hours of research on Big Island beaches, this beach ended up being one of my top two that I was excited about taking our family of 7 to (kids ages 5-17). We went here on Day 1 at the end of...More

Thank n0ble220
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice beach that actually has sand. Not a ton of lava rock you can go into the water w/out water shoes. Make sure you use the northernmost entrance to the park.

2  Thank KingCole56
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited multiple beaches but this was one of our favorites. The sand was so soft and the water was crystal clear. The parking area made it look like it was going to be crowded but the beach didn’t feel crowded at all. The bathrooms...More

1  Thank arthursmom11
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Aqua water, uncrowded, fish & sea turtles. water 75 degrees. Easy parking. Got there at noon. Left at 2:30. Free too.

4  Thank Brian A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We after spending a little while at other beaches we drove back up here. We enjoyed this beach in the afternoon and stayed until sunset. If you plan on doing the same, please note there are no lights in the bathrooms and not much light...More

2  Thank CousinHelen
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We drove up from our hotel about 30 minutes to check out this spot and it was totally worth it. The water was beautiful, the sand soft and there was even a turtle in the water! There is a pathed road, parking, restrooms but no...More

1  Thank KLAvisitor
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are regulars at Kua Bay (unless Magics has better waves!) It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet!

1  Thank prestonsult
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Love, love love this beach!!! We visited it twice this stay. Great body surfing, boogie boarding, sunning. Saw sea turtles. Bring a picnic, an umbrella, and stay all day. But don't forget sunscreen!!! Very important. The only drawback is there is no shade whatsoever. There...More

2  Thank hhclemrn
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ldbk23
28 December 2017|
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Response from Christina B | Reviewed this property |
No there’s no bike racks, but if you park at the first parking area (no signs there, but you’ll see cars parked and a wide path to the right). You can ride your bike on the path until you enter the beach pathways. You can... More
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jamesh005
13 August 2017|
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Response from alandF6879AU | Reviewed this property |
it's been a few months since I've been there so I don't remember perfectly. I *think* the access road does not close, so it is always open. if the road has a barrier, there wll be a sign and if so, pay attention to it... More
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Bruce H
14 January 2017|
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Response from trooper92 | Reviewed this property |
From Hwy 19 north of Kona airport, look for the sign "West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery". Instead of going inland to the cemetery, drive opposite towards the sea. From the parking at the end of the access road, it is only few... More
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