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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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Picture Perfect

When you think of Hawaii you think of crystal clear, turquoise waters and bright white sand... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Krista L
St. Catharines, Canada

We were there on Wednesday the 10th. Surf was high and no one was staying on surf boards. Not a day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Don M
Graham, Washington
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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 3 days ago

When you think of Hawaii you think of crystal clear, turquoise waters and bright white sand.... this place is it. The contrast between the water, the sand and the lava rock is absolutely stunning. If you're not going for swimming, you've got to at least...More

Thank Krista L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there on Wednesday the 10th. Surf was high and no one was staying on surf boards. Not a day to snorkel there.

Thank Don M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a place, we read the reviews but nothing could do this justice. We have never seen a better beach. The kicker for us was swimming off shore with a pod of dolphins as if it couldn’t get any better. Reviewers are right to say...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we were choosing which beaches to visit during our time on the Big Island, we found Kua Bay beach. It was even more beautiful than the pictures. We got there in the afternoon on a weekday and the parking was backed far up the...More

2  Thank kenanddeb2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend Kid have loved Green Sand & Hapuna because the waves are rough and fun to play in. But these are even bigger and the place is closer to where we stay. Our kids are 9-14 & good swimmers. If not, this could be...More

3  Thank Kurt C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turn not marked on highway, but this is opposite the West Hawaii Veteran's Cemetery. Beautiful bay, had been locals only, now part of State Park (parking, showers and toilets work sometimes). Get there early to avoid the rush. Good snorkeling, when calm, on north side....More

1  Thank activetravelwithkids
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After four stormy days on Kauai, we were starting to wonder about the idyllic Hawaiian beaches. We found it here on Big Island! Manini Beach is that image you have of Hawaii – gorgeous sand and turquoise water framed by black lava flows, all caressed...More

1  Thank Jim L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely in our Top 10 of beaches to visit while on the Big Island. Each beach is unique and there are different reasons to love each one of them. What we love about this beach is it's super soft, silky sand, the big...More

6  Thank Chowa-Rides-Again
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Little bit of a walk. Nice water. ITs off the road drive all the way down then walk to the beach. I saw alot of fish

Thank Vrumore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got a recommendation to go here from a local dive shop.. I had two newer divers with me, so we decided to go check it out. Just north of airport on the west side and directly across from memorial, super easy to find. If it's...More

Thank Dwaynev
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27 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
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
Bruce H
13 January 2017|
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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