The official name, according to the State of Hawaii, is Manini’owali. It’s a little difficult to pronounce so we all call it Kua Bay. Kua Bay is an example of the most perfect Hawai’i sandy Beach, but only for about 10 months out of the year. The white sand and crystal clear blue water and white crashing waves just makes you want to jump right in! This beach has recently been updated to allow for vehicle access off of Highway 11 at mile marker 88.
Two-wheel drive access is no problem with newly paved roads with bathrooms and shower at the parking area.
It can be pretty busy now with the easy access, plan to park a distance away if you don’t show up early! There is not a life guard on duty, they have supplied life saving devises in case someone needs a flotation device. It used to be a local beach only with 4×4 access and in those days you could drive your four-by right down onto the beach.
It wasn’t nearly as busy in those days. The sand is white and there is some great snorkeling in and around the protruding rocks on the northern part of the beach.
Boogie board and surfing here are great! Sometimes it can get a little rough as the ocean currents will come in and remove all of the sand in the winter months every year. Do not let this stop you from visiting this beach because this time of the year is great for whale watching.
Make sure you bring your own food and drinks as there are no onsite vendors. There is also nobody to rent snorkel equipment or boogie boards/surf boards from. There is not any shade here so you will also want to bring an umbrella to protect you from the sun on a long day event. Sunsets are amazingly beautiful here! There is not handicap access to the beach and you will have to traverse over lava rock for about 15 feet.
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HERE IS A VIDEO I TOOK AT KUA BAY: