The turnoff for Kua Bay Beach is located only two miles north of Kekaha Kai Beach Park along Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. There is a nicely paved road through the lava fields. Kua Beach is a sliver of shimmering white sand kissed by crystal-clear, soft blue waters. It is simply hypnotizing against the contrast of the black lava. It is a fun spot for body surfing and body-boarding when the waves are breaking.
In the summer when the waters are calm, you can find some great snorkeling to the north and south of Kua Beach. This beach can get crowded due to its easier access compared to other beaches in the area. If you’re feeling restless and getting tired of sitting in the sand, there is a coastal trail that leads to Kakapa Bay to the north.
There is also a site to explore before you get to Kua Beach as you’re making your way down the entry road through the lava. At around the half-mile point, is Pu’u Ku’ili. Pu’u Ku’ili is a volcanic cinder cone and is a wonderfully short Big Island hike where you can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. Kua Beach is past the cinder cone at the end of the road. Here you'll find a turnaround area with restroom facilities, a freshwater shower, and off-road parking. Park and walk toward the beach where you see picnic tables.