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“The most beautiful bay you will ever see.”

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
Ranked #6 of 138 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

When does rugged enter the lexicon of holiday jargon?..... when you visit the rugged beauty of this coastline which harbours a couple of scenic beaches where kayaking,swimming and snorkelling come to life.
Kua Bay's beach is the most stunning bay you will ever encounter.... the water is crystal clear,deep aquamarine and peaceful (in summer). The beach is a stretch of fine white sand and little shade,however, it is gob-smacking beautiful.
Once you feel relaxed enough,move on to Napoopoo Beach Park,which ,i am certain, will titillate your children ,no end,as they pronounce it over and over. Be that as it may,the shoreline is rocky with only a sliver of beach surrounded by high green cliffs.
We came to kayak and were not dissappointed,what with the marine life aplenty including reef fish corals and a pod of dolphins that broke water,almost tipping us over in our surprise.

3  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This is a great little beach to go to to just have a nice relaxing day in Hawaii. The beach itself is not big but it wasnt crowded either when I went. The water here is just perfect and what you imagine when you think "Hawaii". The water was calm too and no real reef to watch out for. Oh yeah, and the white sand is very, very nice too.

2  Thank jeremy b
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

My wife and I went to the beach this morning at around 9:30. The timing was perfect as there were only 3 other people there and we were able to get a great parking spot and location on the beach. The sand is soft and feels like sugar and the water is warm, clean and clear. This is definitely the best beach I've ever been to.

The crowd definitely picks up around 11:30am and all privacy is lost. People compete for spots and the ocean gets crowded. Getting there early is highly recommended.

And bring an umbrella, there is very limited shade.

2  Thank Charles G
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

White soft sand, very nice waves and lava rocks around the beach. That pretty much sums it up and is definitely worth a visit. Just bring some drinking water with you as there are just showers and restrooms at the beach.

1  Thank Miikka O
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

My husband and I recently visited the Big Island and decided to stay in Kona again. There were a few beaches that we didn't have a chance to visit on our first trip and Kua Bay happened to be on that list. All I can say is wow!!! The sand feels like powdered sugar on your feet, the water is extremely clear, and it wasn't overly crowded with visitors. There's restrooms nearby, showers to rinse off, and picnic tables as well. We will definitely return!

1  Thank dmeyer
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