Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Dave D
Anchorage, AK11 contributions
Jan. 2023 • Couples
Easy to get to, parking is limited, but people are always leaving so it’s not terrible if you arrive a little late. The right side of the bay fills up fast and generally gets pretty crowded. The left side is awesome, better views and piece and quiet. We went six times out of twenty-one days and it was always the same, no one on the left side. Some of the best coral and shelling on the island as well. Very defined finger corals, no lava rock attached so you don’t have to worry for Pele’s curse. Walk a little bit further to the left on the lava field and there are many small tide pools to explore.
Written January 20, 2023
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Russell3939
Castle Rock, CO733 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Family
We found the views to be amazing. The water had a very deep turquoise color to it. The big waves were fun to play in if that is your thing. There is not a lot of traditional beach. It has quite a bit of lava rock. There is a lifeguard station. They seemed to be pretty attentive to everyone in the water. Above the beach they have an outdoor shower and bathroom.
Written December 28, 2022
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DLKWI88
Brookfield, WI285 contributions
Dec. 2022
Absolutely stunning beach! Great snorkeling, body surfing, and boogie boarding. We were there by 10 a.m. and were lucky enough to snag one of the last few parking spots. Pack a picnic and stay all day. Just beautiful!
Written December 22, 2022
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Toronto, Canada930 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Family
Go early!
Bring your snorkel and enjoy the beach
There are lifeguards there and showers plus toilets.

The water is warm and the sand is soft
Written November 1, 2022
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Shena Ayo
1 contribution
Oct. 2022 • Family
I’ve never seen water so brilliantly turquoise! It was breath taking. Soft white sand. Kid friendly. Can get crowded. There are showers and restrooms there. Perfect beach to spend an afternoon!
Written October 28, 2022
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bbodb3
2 contributions
Jun. 2022
This is one outstanding beach and (at least at the time of our visit in June) there was no entry /admission fee. Parking is a bit tricky in that very few marked spaces exist but the custom here is (for now anyway) to park off the asphalt parallel to the road. Even when we parked a bit away from the beach, the walk was not all that far. The beach is wonderful - sandy bottom with no sea weed and every now and then a turtle would swim through the area even with a good number of people here. There was a lifeguard stand as well here during our visit. The rinse off stations were a nice touch and there are rest rooms here too. Most definitely worth a visit!
Written August 23, 2022
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Samantha S
105 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
Soft sands, crystal clear water + sea turtles - what’s not to love? Our family of 20 spent 2 days of our trip at this stunning beach. An absolute favorite spot on the Big Island for sure. A great beach for kiddos to swim and play as the water is fairly calm and the ocean floor is soft white sand. We were lucky enough to spot some sea turtles both times we were there and it truly is such a magical sight. Just please please be respectful and keep a good amount of distance between you and them. I definitely recommend this beach to any and everyone.
Written July 28, 2022
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Nichole W
Boise, ID38 contributions
Jul. 2022
We visited Kua Bay several times during our stay on the Big Island. Soft white sand, clear water with fantastic snorkeling along the rocks, and conveniences like restrooms and showers made this our go-to for beach days. No shade trees at this beach so bring your own shade. Access to the beach from the parking area could be difficult for those with mobility challenges since you have to go down a couple flights of stairs. No ramp or wheelchair access is available. Parking is limited like many beaches so get there early. If you end up parking along the shore side of the road that doesn't have marked parking spots, please pull in nose or tail 1st instead of parallel to the road! This allows more parking for everyone.
Written July 20, 2022
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Mike F
Antigo, WI132 contributions
Jul. 2022
Absolute favorite! This beach has it all, beautiful sand, water, snorkeling, turtles, bathrooms, showers, parking...even a rock jump! After visiting the "best" on each of the BI, Maui and Oahu, this is our favorite. And its free, really can't beat this one in my opinion.
Written July 13, 2022
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DoryAA
Peoria, AZ5 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
Possibly the best beach I’ve ever visited! Beautiful white sand. Great for kids. Go early as parking is limited.
Written June 28, 2022
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MANINI'OWALI BEACH (KUA BAY) (Kailua-Kona) - 2023 What to Know BEFORE You Go

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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.