Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona

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Spend a day on the white sand and in the turquoise waters of Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). Often called Kua Bay, the area is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park. Head here to get away from the crowds. The beach is small and stays relatively quiet because of its isolated location. The shallow water and soft sandbar make for pleasant swimming. Bring an umbrella, as natural shade is limited. Also remember to bring drinking water and sunscreen because the cove does not have facilities nearby. A visit to Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a great beach for swimming and snorkeling. It is close to Kona and one that you do not have to hike to....the sand is white and soft. There are rocks on both sides that are great for snorkelin...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This beach was a great spot for a fun swim! The waves roll into fine white sand with black lava rocks flanking the bay. There were many people camped out on this beach but we headed to the waters and ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful white sand beach. Great place to hang out, swim and snorkel - saw several turtles there. Don't bother with the shaved ice truck there - most expensive and worst shaved ice we had ...  more »

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If you wish to indulge yourself while on the Kona coastline of the "Big Island," book your stay at one of Kailua-Kona's fully furnished beachside villas, offering spa services, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking. You can also try one of the coastline's luxury resorts, featuring tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site activities like hula lessons and diving classes. Smaller hotels a short drive from the city may not offer beach access, but they provide plenty of privacy at a fraction of the cost of the area's big resorts.
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