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Manini Beach

big island/kailua kona
Beaches/Public Recreational

Manini Beach Rd
Captain Cook, 96704

Picnic, Snorkeling

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Picnic, Snorkeling

Manini Beach

The Big Island's Local Spot for Snorkeling

Manini Beach, a hidden gem in South Kona, lies just across Kealakekua Bay from the renowned Captain Cook Monument. Situated south of the Napo'opo'o boat launch, Manini Kapahukapu Beach Park offers a tranquil haven, away from the bustling tour boats and kayakers at the monument. With breathtaking views of the Kealakekua cliffs and the Captain Cook Monument, it's a perfect spot to savor the wonders of Kealakekua Bay.

The beach features a mix of lava rock, coral, and a sandy shoreline that allows easy ocean access, making it ideal for snorkeling and SCUBA diving when the sea is calm. Visibility for snorkeling is typically good on the right side of the channel, although the left side can be choppier due to ocean swells and waves.

Exploring the beach, you'll encounter fascinating a'a lava formations extending into Kealakekua Bay. Strolling along the coastline, you may stumble upon colorful polished sea glass. Continuing past the park, you'll reach Kahauloa Bay, a favored spot for shore diving.

To find Manini Beach, take Highway 11 and turn onto Napo'opo'o Road, just south of the 111-mile marker. Drive approximately 3 miles, then turn right to stay on Napo'opo'o Road for another 1.7 miles. At Kealakekua Bay, turn left onto Pu'uhonua Road (still Hwy 160). Shortly after the Kealakekua Bay boat launch, turn right onto Manini Road, leading you to this serene coastal retreat.

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