Sparkling turquoise water and sugar white sand make
Kua Bay irresistible!
Kua Bay (Manini'owali) is located along the leeward coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. This is one of the best swimming beaches on the Big Island. The fine sand slopes gently into the crystal clear blue water making this place absolutely irresistible for locals and tourist alike.
You can find Kua Bay at the north end of Kekaha Kai State park between mile marker #88 and #89 across from the Veteran’s cemetery. The swimming, and boogie boarding are great but you will find better snorkeling at other Hawaii Island beaches on most days. There are several hiking trails and a number of lookout points from which you can enjoy great views of the salt-and-pepper coastline.
There are several hiking trails and a number of lookout points from which you can enjoy great views of the salt-and-pepper coastline.
Access to the beach is much easier than it used to be. You can now reach the beach over a paved road whereas before, you had to walk all the way to the beach from the highway or drive down a pretty nasty unpaved trail in a 4 Wheel Drive. There are pluses and minuses of this change. The easy access and new facilities are great but it is a lot more crowded.
The parking is limited so arrive early. There are restrooms, drinking water, and showers end of the parking lot near the beach. Keep in mind, there is no shade at this beach. Bring a beach umbrella and tons of sunscreen. The surf here can be dangerous during winter. Watch small children carefully.