As a tropical island destination, it’s probably no surprise that the Big Island of Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And with beaches boasting pristine white sand, exotic black sand, and even a unique green-sand beach, the options for beach hopping along this isle are nearly endless. From grueling hikes required to reach the beach to roadside beaches with ample parking, the requirements for reaching your beach of choice are equally as diverse. Situated near Kona are some of the island’s most beautiful beaches that don’t require a ton of effort to reach. Manini Owali Beach in Hawaii is a beautiful white sand beach tucked away in Kua Bay, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Kona. This beach is a must-see for those staying in Kona!
Things to Do at Manini Owali Beach in Hawaii
Manini Owali Beach in the Big Island of Hawaii boasts crystal clear waters, making it a draw for residents and visitors alike. This small beach offers soft white sand backed up against rugged lava rocks. The water here tends to be calmer in summer months and wavier during winter months. It is also prone to wind, so morning visits when the waters are calmer are especially nice. When the water is calm, the rocky outcroppings at either end of the beach are good areas for snorkeling. If you arrive early enough in the morning, you may be lucky enough to spot some dolphins deeper in the bay. When the waves pick up, this is a popular beach for boogie boarding and body boarding, although participants should be aware of areas of shallow reef.
Bring along plenty of food, water, sunscreen, and shade on your outing to Manini’owali Beach. This beach offers little protection from the sun, and it can get particularly hot in the afternoons. With a shade umbrella in hand and plenty of snacks, this beach is a great place to spend the day picnicking, playing in the water, and enjoying the scenic views. If you come later in the evening, this west-facing beach is an ideal spot to catch a memorable Hawaiian sunset.
Restrooms and showers are available at Manini’owali Beach and there is occasionally a food truck parked in the parking lot. Other than this, there are few other amenities or development, which is a large part of its charm! Bring along a picnic, some shade, and beach toys for a day of fun at Manini’owali Beach. If you’re vacationing with family, check out our large vacation rentals so everyone can get their own room!
Getting to Manini’owali Beach
Manini Owali Beach in the Big Island of Hawaii is located just north of the Kona Airport. Take the second exit to the left after passing the airport, across from the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery. The beach has a small parking lot, so arrive early to snag a spot. Alternatively, road parking is usually available with a short walk to the beach. Manini’owali Beach is part of the larger Kekaha Kai State Park.
Additional Nearby Attractions
Manini’owali Beach is connected to Kikaua Beach via a short shoreline trail. When spending the day at Manini’owali Beach, take the time to beach hop over to Kikaua Beach, where you’ll find a small swim area with protected waters perfect for families with children. The soft, sandy bottom and large lava rock outcroppings create a protected swimming area that will set parents’ minds at ease for little ones. Beyond the lava rocks are additional outcroppings that offer a good snorkeling destination when the water is calm. Kids and adults alike will also enjoy exploring tidepools along Kikaua Beach and picnicking under one of the many tall palm trees which line the beach. Keep an eye out for honu (green sea turtles) that can often be found in the shallow waters or resting on the sand!
If you didn’t bring along any provisions and hunger strikes, you’ll find a handful of restaurants nearby on the grounds of the Hualalai Golf Course. Choose among upscale dining options such as the ULU Ocean Grill, Hualalai Grille, Residents’ Beach House, Beach Tree Bar, or Ulu Sushi Lounge. These range from quicks bites just steps from the sand to fine dining with stunning views along the oceanfront. The many shops and restaurants of downtown Kona are also just a 20-minute drive away from Manini’owali Beach!
Staying in Nearby Kona
Kona is a great place to base your stay when vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii. Staying in Kona puts you within reach to all the great shopping and dining options in town, while at the same time providing easy access to beautiful beaches such as Manini’owali Beach. There are also many options for day trips that can be conveniently enjoyed from Kona.
If you’re still in search of Big Island accommodations, we offer a selection of high-quality Big Island vacation rentals at Venture Hawaii. Situated in the Kona area, these well-appointed vacation rentals are a great place to call home for your Big Island getaway. We welcome you to browse our listings and contact us with any questions you may have! Check out these Kona golf course vacation rentals as well. Browse our private vacation rentals in Kona.