Kua Bay (Manini'owali) is part of the Kekaha Kai State Park, which is located along the leeward coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. It marks the northern end of the state park and features several hiking trails and a number of lookout points from which you can enjoy great views of the salt-and-pepper coastline.
Swimming and snorkeling are the most popular activities in the summer, when the water is calm and peaceful. Surfers and bodyborders usually come over in the winter to enjoy the rough waves.
Another major attraction is the marine wildlife that thrives in the bay. On calmer days, you can see turtles and dolphins not far from shore. Some turtles actually swim up to the shore. Dolphins are a less common sight, but they do make frequent appearances in the summer months.
Access to Kua Bay is a bit of a challenge. Visitors have to pass a rough, unpaved trail off the highway, which stretches for about a mile and a half. It is possible to get through with a sedan, but a four-wheel drive is usually recommended. The parking lot is unpaved as well and tends to be crowded in the peak seasons.
Kua Bay Overview
Part of the Kekaha Kai State Park
Swimming and snorkeling conditions good during calm days
Location: Hwy. 19, north of Mile Marker #88, Hawaii 96740
Directions: The park entry road is located between Mile Markers #88 and #89 on Highway 19. Note: The gate is open from 9 am to 7 pm and is closed on Wednesdays.
Now 77°F Windchill: 77°F
Location: Kailua Kona, HI, US
Wind: 5 mph SE
Visibility: 0.1 mi
Pressure: 29.99 in rising
Sunrise: 5:46 am
Sunset: 6:53 pm