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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  • This is one of Hawaii’s state-managed parks/beaches, and as such offers nice restrooms, outdoor showers, and good parking. It’s very popular among boogie boarders, as big waves rise up quickly from th...  more »
  • Smaller than hapuna but also not too crowded. Got a smoothie at the food cart up by the parking lot. It was delicious.  more »
  • Gorgeous! Probably the best beach in the entire Big Island, surely the only with white sand. Transparent water even on a day of strong winds and high waves. Pleasant to walk in 20 minutes to get there.
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  • My absolute favorite beach!! Beautiful white sand and turquoise waters. Perfect for swimming and hanging out in the water. There are no trees to provide shade so bring an umbrella or a tent. There is a food truck near the parking lot. I didn’t have a problem finding parking (entrance and parking is free).
  • Great surf for boogie boarding. Not too far to walk from the parking lot. Get there early.
  • Kua bay is a fun place to unwind and get a sun burn of you're not from here
  • Terrible. Don't go.
  • Nice and clean

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