Manini'owali Beach

Located in Kua Bay

Nestled on a secluded peninsula, Maniniʻowali Beach, also known as Kua Bay, shines as a jewel of the Kona coast with its breathtakingly clear ocean vistas. The beach's extensive three-quarter-mile stretch of gleaming white sand, framed by stark lava rocks and a vibrant turquoise reef, creates a haven for beachgoers. Here, one can indulge in various activities such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, all while basking in the beauty of the tropical surroundings. The beach is renowned for its mesmerizing sunsets, where the serene waters of Kua Bay are lit in warm pink hues, offering a tranquil escape into paradise.

Overview of Manini'owali Beach

Once a hidden gem challenging to access, Manini'owali Beach has become easily reachable thanks to constructing a multi-million dollar road carving through the lava landscape. This transformation has unveiled a beach with powdery sand and inviting waters, safeguarded by a reef along the shoreline, ensuring a safe swimming area for families. The clear waters teem with tropical fish visible even as they flutter around your feet, and the occasional visit by green sea turtles adds a touch of magic to your swim. For snorkeling enthusiasts, the southern end near "the wall" rock formation is a treasure trove of marine life. Those seeking adventure can explore the numerous hiking trails around Kua Bay.

Directions to Manini'owali Beach

Situated on the Big Island's west coast, Manini'owali Beach is easily accessible between mile markers 88 and 89 on Highway 19, just north of Kona, making it a sun-drenched sanctuary for visitors.

Amenities at Manini'owali Beach

The beach offers essential amenities for a comfortable visit, including:

  • Restrooms
  • Parking lot
  • Showers
  • Picnic tables

Essential Tips for an Enjoyable Visit to Manini'owali Beach

While the waters are typically calm and clear, perfect for various water activities, visitors should be aware of the strong currents and high surf that can occur during the winter months. The absence of natural shade necessitates bringing sun protection. Its popularity, especially during peak season, suggests arriving early to secure a spot on this pristine beach near Kailua-Kona.

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Manini'owali Beach from above

Manini'owali Beach from above

Family-Friendly Activities to Do at Manini'owali Beach

Whether seeking relaxation or adventure, Kua Bay offers something for everyone:

Spectacular Sunsets: The beach is a prime location for witnessing stunning sunsets, offering a vibrant display of colors.

Snorkeling: Explore the underwater world or paddle through the bay's serene waters for a unique perspective of this Hawaiian paradise.

Boogie Boarding and Swimming: With its reef break, the beach is ideal for boogie boarding beginners, while the clear waters invite swimmers to enjoy the bay's beauty.

Possible Wildlife Sightings: From basking Hawaiian sea turtles to the chance of spotting humpback whales or dolphins during the winter, the beach is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts.


Nearby Attractions and Sights of Manini'owali Beach

Kua Bay serves as a convenient starting point for exploring the western Big Island's stunning beaches, with Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Beach, nearby, known for their exceptional beauty and sunsets.

Manini'owali Beach at Kua Bay Reviews

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Geographic Coordinates

Latitude: 19.80773144
Longitude: -156.0033276

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