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. Our Kailua-Kona trip site makes visiting Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay) and other Kailua-Kona attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Blue water and white sand, snorkeling with turtles on the rocks on the right. Recommended going there without wind that often blows strong. Pretty crowded so avoid leaving something valuable and bags unattended.
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  • Kua is a really nice swimming beach (unless there is a high wave warning, then be very cautious). There is ample sand, a bathroom and a food truck is almost always at the entrance to the beach area. T...  more »
  • Spent an afternoon here on the boards and snorkeling, clean showers and toilets to wash the sand away. Some good waves and clear sea, didn't see many fish but maybe we went a little late in the day.  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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