Manini`owali Beach at Kua Bay

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This is one of the newest beach park on the Kona Coast and is probably not yet on the map. The combination of sugar-fine white sand and turquoise waters makes this a popular beach for locals as well as vacationers. The beach is easily accessible from Kailua Kona and the resorts on the Kohala Coast. The road to the beach is on the ocean side between mile markers 88 and 89 and across from the entrance to the Veteran’s Cemetery


Because there is limited parking, plan to arrive early. Restrooms, drinking water, and showers are at the beach end of the parking lot. There is a short walk over rough lava from the parking lot to the sand. Although there is one picnic table near the beach, there is no shade. Bring a beach umbrella and tons of sunscreen; if you are a member, you can buy sunscreen, beach chairs, and windproof umbrellas at Costco in Kailua-Kona.


The surf here can be dangerous during winter. Watch small children carefully. The beach has a sloped sandy ocean entry all along it's shore. Honu tend to hang out around rock outcrops near the north side of the beach. Snorkeling is okay around the rocks at the north end of the bay, however most beachgoers just bob around in the gin-clear water. Surfers and boogie boarders frequent this area during high surf season (video).



 

Specific Information (map)

Getting There (map)


From Kailua-Kona: Take the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway north from Kailua-Kona. Look for this sign: Kekaha Kai State Park, Manini`owali Section” near mile marker 88 (the road is directly across from the entrance to the Veteran’s Cemetery). Turn left on the road and continue 1.5 miles to the beach parking lot. Allow 30 minutes.


From the Waikoloa/Kohala Resorts

Take the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway south. Look for this sign near mile marker 88: Kekaha Kai State Park, Manini`owali Section” near mile marker 88 (the road is directly across from the entrance to the Veteran’s Cemetery). Turn right on the road and continue 1.5 miles to the beach parking lot. Allow 30 minutes.


From Waimea: Take the Kawaihae Road west from Waimea until it intersects the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway. Turn left onto the Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway and drive south towards Kailua Kona. Look for this sign near mile marker 88: Kekaha Kai State Park, Manini`owali Section” near mile marker 88 (the road is directly across from the entrance to the Veteran’s Cemetery). Turn right on the road and continue 1.5 miles to the beach parking lot. Allow one hour


From Hilo: It is too far to get there and back in a day.

Kohala Coast Beaches

Kona Coast Beaches

  1. Kahalu`u Beach Park

  2. White Sands Beach

  3. King Kam Hotel Beach

  4. Kua Bay

  5. Kikaua Point Beach

  6. Kukio (4 Seasons) Beach

Windward Beaches


Beachgoer’s Checklist

Essentials to pack:


  1. Bulletbeach bag

  2. lightweight day-pack

  3. © allbestbeaches.comsunscreen

  4. shapeimage_5_link_0hat

  5. Kua Bay (0:16)polarized sunglasses

  6. Bulletsand mat

  7. Bulletbeach towel

  8. Bulletumbrella

  9. Bulletchair

  10. Bulletsnacks

  11. Bulletbook, Kindle or iPad

  12. Bulletunderwater camera

  13. Bulletsnorkeling gear

  14. Bulletzip-top plastic bags

  15. Bulletplenty of drinking water


  1. Be Sun Safe

  2. The tropical sun can be brutal. Even in the shade of a beach umbrella, reflected sunlight can burn unprotected skin. You wouldn’t want to spoil your vacation on the first day, so we advise that you wear waterproof sunblock (SPF 50 is appropriate for most beach activities) and reapply it at least once during your time at the beach. Be sure to sunscreen the tops of your feet and the tops of your ears.


 
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