Manini Beach

The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Submitted By:
Cheryl Taylor

Submitter Comments:
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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02/26/2018 William (Avg: 4.41 Review) - Interesting shallow dive with some cool structure and many, many fish species. The entry, which was casual, followed a convenient cut in the lava shelf which leads to shallows. Fin up and head west out to open water, following the boundary between reef and sand. Coral heads and ridges are present in abundance. We turned back at about 47 feet depth and retraced our approximate route to entry. A young eagle Ray gave us a nice flyby as the clicks of nearby spinner dolphins echoed through the water.

04/14/2016 Mike Byrne (Avg: 3.77 Review) - 4/14/2016 Dove with my wife Katie and Friend Capt Alan Borowski. Very easy enter and exit but long swim to get to water depth greater than 20+ feet. Once out there you get to beautiful sand flats that has very large conch shells that make for some great photos. Also lots of tropical fish. The area is better for snorkeling than scuba. Still had a great time and a great spot to have lunch after your dive.

04/10/2009 Brian Xavier (Avg: 4.13 Review) - 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.

01/01/2009 Bill Stohler (Avg: 3.42 Review) - 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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Special thanks to Bill Stohler!
Manini Beach Donkey.
Submitted by Bill Stohler

Special thanks to Brian Xavier!
Go out on the right side of the right tree.
Submitted by Brian Xavier


Diver Averages for  Manini Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.50
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  4.50
Plant Life:  2.75
Facilities:  3.25
Solitude 4.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  3.93

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  4.50
Beginner Scuba:  4.50
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.25
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 4


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