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Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

big island/kailua kona

Kalaoa, 96740

Snorkeling, Boogie Boarding

Hours of Operation:

    9 AM – 7 PM
Snorkeling, Boogie Boarding

Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)

Our Favorite Beach On The Big Island

Manini'owali Beach, also known as Kua Bay, holds a special place in our hearts and is considered one of the finest beaches on the island. While the state has promoted the name Manini'owali Beach, many locals and visitors still refer to it as Kua Bay. Tucked away from the tourist crowds, this beach boasts stunning features, including pristine, fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, a gentle sloping shoreline, and a picturesque tropical backdrop.

On calm days, Manini'owali Beach offers fabulous swimming opportunities. While the snorkeling here may not be renowned for its coral, the underwater relief in the northern direction provides an interesting and scenic marine environment. For those who enjoy boogie boarding, the conditions are excellent during moderate surf. However, it's essential to respect the moderate waves, as they can become quite powerful and have caused unfortunate accidents, including spinal injuries.

This beautiful beach maintains its sandy shore most of the time, with the highest abundance of sand during the summer months. During the winter, high surf may temporarily shift the sand offshore, revealing rocky terrain that is less desirable for beachgoers. Manini'owali Beach is often regarded as one of the best swimming spots near Kona when the waters are calm, attracting residents and visitors alike. Weekends may witness larger crowds, so if you prefer a more tranquil atmosphere, consider visiting on weekdays.

To reach Manini'owali Beach, take the paved access road located between mile markers 88 and 89 on Highway 19. The beach is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Keep in mind that the waves at this beach can be quite powerful, so if the surf is up, it's advisable to avoid swimming. While there is no natural shade on the beach, restrooms and sparsely shaded picnic tables can be found just behind it.

For those seeking a panoramic view of the shoreline, there's a trail on the north side of the pu‘u (hill) behind the beach, situated between two speed bumps. The trail ascends 200 feet and reaches an elevation of 342 feet above the ocean. While the hike may leave you hot, sweaty, and dusty, the grandeur of the view from the top makes it all worthwhile.

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