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Kua Bay

Get off the beaten track to discover one of Hawaii’s most serene stretches of coast.

This secluded bay, tucked away within the Kekaha Kai State Park, is one of the most picturesque in the region. Once one of Hawaii’s best-kept secrets, today the beach is beginning to rise in popularity, although it remains quieter than most of the beaches along the popular Ali'i Drive. The state park provides excellent hiking and lookouts, while the beach is home to beautiful marine life and great surfing.

Come to Kua Bay prepared for the day, as you’ll want to spend several hours and the beach has no facilities. The beach is fairly small but there’s plenty of space to find a quiet patch of sand to settle in.

Put on your snorkeling gear and dive into the tranquil water to meet the local sea life. Swim with Hawaiian sea turtles, the majestic creatures that inhabit this stretch of coast. Watch as dolphins play in the surf, and keep your eyes peeled for whales breaching out in the deeper water.

In the cooler months the beach is a great spot for surfing as the winter swells roll in. Rent a surfboard from Kailua-Kona, where you’ll also find operators that run beginner surfing classes, when the conditions are right.

Hike the trails that surround the beach to reach one of the lookouts above the shoreline. The trails are well maintained, and provide excellent views up and down the coastline. There is no water available at Kua Bay so be sure to bring your own, especially if you intend to hike during summer.

Kua Bay can be reached by car via an unpaved road north of Kailua-Kona. Take the second turnoff to the Kekaha Kai State Park when heading north and continue through the park for approximately 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) until you reach the beach. The park is open during daylight hours except for Wednesdays, and there is no entrance fee.


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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This Kailua-Kona resort is on the beach, 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kua Bay and Manini'owali Beach. Mahai'ula Beach and Makalawena Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Hualalai Fairway Villa 104d ~ Updated and Contemporary, Close to Four Seasons
    Hualalai Fairway Villa 104d ~ Updated and Contemporary, Close to Four Seasons

    Hualalai Fairway Villa 104d ~ Updated and Contemporary, Close to Four Seasons

    Kailua-Kona, HI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the waterfront, this villa is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kua Bay and Manini'owali Beach. Kekaha Kai State Park and Makalawena Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      WSJ "home of the Week" Hualalai Ocean Views w/ Inifinity Pool
      WSJ "home of the Week" Hualalai Ocean Views w/ Inifinity Pool

      WSJ "home of the Week" Hualalai Ocean Views w/ Inifinity Pool

      Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Kailua-Kona villa is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kikaua Point Beach Park and Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

        Luxury Kona Estate Four Seasons Hualalai Infinity Pool + Services
        Luxury Kona Estate Four Seasons Hualalai Infinity Pool + Services

        Luxury Kona Estate Four Seasons Hualalai Infinity Pool + Services

        Kailua-Kona, HI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kikaua Point Beach Park and Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

          Hualalai Waiulu Villa 137d ~ Inmaculate & Spacious With Great Views
          Hualalai Waiulu Villa 137d ~ Inmaculate & Spacious With Great Views

          Hualalai Waiulu Villa 137d ~ Inmaculate & Spacious With Great Views

          Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kailua-Kona, this villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

            Hualalai Palm Villa 140b ~ Beautifully Renovated~spacious With 2 Golf Carts
            Hualalai Palm Villa 140b ~ Beautifully Renovated~spacious With 2 Golf Carts

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            72-140 B Waiulu Street, Kailua-Kona, HI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kailua-Kona, this villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

              Palm Villa 126B
              Palm Villa 126B

              Palm Villa 126B

              72-126 Waiulu Street, Unit 126B, Kailua-Kona, HI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this condo building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                Hualalai Palm Villa130a ~ Stunning Sunset Views~signature Garden Shower
                Hualalai Palm Villa130a ~ Stunning Sunset Views~signature Garden Shower

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                Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Kailua-Kona, this villa is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Kikaua Point Beach Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Kua Bay. Manini'owali Beach is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.