Kua Bay Beach Park

Kua Bay Beach Park
The road to beautiful Kua Bay and the Manini‘owali section of Kekaha Kai State Park is now paved. The park road, new parking areas at Kua Bay, new accessible comfort station and picnic tables, opened to the public in October 2005.  In fact, the road is so new it is not reflected on most maps even to this day!
Located off the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (19) north of Kona between mile markers 88 and 89, Kua Bay offers a scenic white sand beach gently sloping down into the ocean. The turn off is opposite the entrance of West Hawaii Veteran's Cemetery.  The beauty of this white sand beach and light blue waters is breathtaking - this is one of the prettiest beaches on the Island.  There are no trees or shade here - so make sure you bring tons of sunblock, a hat and perhaps a beach umbrella because you will be completely exposed to the Kona sun the entire day!

During calm conditions, the swimming and snorkeling are excellent and easy.  Facilities are limited but do include showers, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and restrooms.  From the parking area you will need to traverse over rough lava rocks to get to the beach below.  This beach is not baby stroller accessible.

This is one of the most beautiful bays you will ever see -- the water is crystal clear, deep aquamarine in hue, and peaceful in the summer.  The stark contrast from the ultra-white sand beach to the black dried lava rocks on the ridge is striking.  Rugged, rocky shores on either side keep the beach from getting too windy in the afternoon, but the surf here can get very rough in winter. Still, it's always beautiful, and usually pretty quiet.