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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

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Address: Hwy. 19, Paved Road With Sign, Near Marker 88, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Great for board/body surfing, watch your kids

This is a great beach for boogie boarding and body surfing - my husband and 12 year old son were in heaven. The day we arrived, the surf was a little rough and the water was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
thismomtravels4
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Maryland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great beach for boogie boarding and body surfing - my husband and 12 year old son were in heaven. The day we arrived, the surf was a little rough and the water was extremely crowded. My 8 year old was having a very hard time finding space and the waves crashed over him very hard. I was... More 

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Salt Lake City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My daughter boogie boarded for over 4 hours without stopping. She was in heaven. Nice beach. A bit crowded. Food truck. A short walk down to beach. A monk seal sleeping on the beach was a huge treat for us to see, and volunteers were there to protect her and educate the kids. This will forever be the Seal Beach... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

About a 30 min drive North from Kona, I highly recommend that people make a stop here for a beautiful day at the beach. Plenty of space, and the waves aren't as strong as the White Sands beach we went to, so it's a great place to frolick around in the water and try your hand at boogie boarding. While... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We saw a lot of families enjoying this beach. It is a good place for boogie boarding. You have to walk down a little across manageable rocks to get to the beach. Parking is free and there's a little truck that sells poke, wraps and flavored ice. A good place to spend your day.

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New Brunswick, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We discovered this little gem of a beach the day before we left the Big Island. Great snorkelling, beautiful sand, not too crowded in the mornings.

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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing beach with strong waves for boogie boarding but over crowded and difficult to walk to as there's no paved path to the beach.

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

About a 40 minute drive from where we stayed in Holualoa is this lovely beach. The turn off was not hard to find though on one side was a sign for a Veterans Cemetery which is larger than the sign for the beach. From the turn off we followed the road down to the beach parking area which was limited... More 

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Thank cupjackson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Kua Bay is one of our favorite beaches and just a short 15 minute drive from Kailua-Kona. The water is the most beautiful turquoise and the sand is soft and white. Getting to the beach area is somewhat tricky as you can either walk down a very uneven path over lava rocks, walk down a sloped & broken cement "ramp"... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kua Bay is easy to get to but beware of a trip across 100 yds of lava to get to the beach. This beach can be calm one day and rolling with surf another. Check the weather before you go. It is a lovely white sand beach and we visit this beach every time we visit the Big Island which... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The water here was the most amazing turquoise. It was so brilliant that the horizon looked purple! The beach itself is small, best to go early to avoid the most crowded times. There was a monk seal that came up on the beach to sun itself and plenty of fish to check out underwater.

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