Manini Beach

The Big Island, Hawaiian Islands
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Manini Beach

Easy sand entry. May see turtles, sharks, sea cucumbers, dolphin, and big critters in boat channel. Watch out for boats and leopard cone shells. Another good source is a diving club in Kona called Kona Reefers Dive Club. You can find them online. Also check Dick Dresie's website for shoreline diving in Kona: From Kona go south on Queen's Hwy. Turn west (toward water) on road to Kealakekua Bay to the dead end (boat launch straight ahead) (parking area to view Capt. Cook's monument to right) and turn left until road makes a sharp bend to the left. Look for a 2 story blue house. Entry to Manini beach is just behind this house. Continue past house for parking spot.
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Brian Xavier
Brian Xavier
Apr 10, 2009, 12:00 AM
Manini Beach is a great shore dive. Entry point is to the right of the picnic tables. Time the swell and go. Lots of tang and sea life. Easy dive although a slight shore break. Left at Napoopoo Road at the pier, down the Pohonauna Road, it is probably left about 1/8 of a mile. Turn right on Manini Beach Road. There is a small parking lot and the park is around the fence. There is a portable toilet and picnic tables. Great snorkel or dive! Ponaunau is about five miles down the road, so take two tanks or go up the hill to The Kona Boys and get a refill.
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Bill Stohler
Bill Stohler
Jan 1, 2009, 12:00 AM
This site is located at the southern side of Kealakekua Bay, makai of the old cattle lift. There's a notch in the reef at the right side of the park (facing the ocean) that makes for an easy entry. The Captain Cook monument is located straight across the bay. The reef here consists of (almost) unbelievably large coral heads. Visibility is generally excellent, but the dive is shallow (20-30 feet). I generally go out, then left (just going out ends you up in the sand flats that comprise the middle of the bay). Back on shore, be sure to pet the donkey, and bring some healthy food!
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