Kohala Coast Beaches
|Anaehoomalu Bay (A-Bay)
A spectacular beach within walking distance of our Waikoloa Beach condos. This popular, peppered, gold-sand beach, fringed by a grove of palms and backed by royal fishponds still full of mullet, is one of Hawaii's most beautiful. It fronts the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and is enjoyed by guests and locals alike. The beach slopes gently from shallow to deep water; swimming, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and windsurfing are all excellent here. Equipment rental and snorkeling, scuba, and windsurfing instruction are available at the north end of the beach. At the far edge of the bay is a rare-turtle cleaning station, where snorkelers and divers can watch endangered green sea turtles line up, waiting their turn to have small fish clean them. There are rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and plenty of parking.
|Kaunaoa Beach aka Mauna Kea Beach
Kaunaoa Beach on the Big Island tops a list of America’s best beaches by “Dr. Beach”. For 25 years, this gold-sand beach at the foot of Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has been the top vacation spot among America's corporate chiefs. A coconut grove sweeps around this golden crescent, where the water is calm and protected by two black-lava points. The sandy bottom slopes gently into the bay, which often fills not only with schools of tropical fish but green sea turtles and manta rays, especially at night, when the hotel lights flood the shore. Swimming is excellent year-round, except in rare winter storms. Snorkelers prefer the rocky points, where fish thrive in the surge. Facilities include rest rooms, showers, and ample parking, but there's no lifeguard. Beach can only be accessed through the resort Hotel. They have a limited number of public access parking spots available.
Rated the "Number one beach in America" by Conde Nast Traveler. Hapuna Beach is a long stretch of pristine white sand. Just off Queen Kaahumanu Highway, south of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, lies this crescent—big, wide, and a half-mile long. In summer, the beach is at its widest, the ocean at its calmest. This is the island's best beach for swimming, snorkeling, and bodysurfing. Facilities include A-frame cabins for camping, pavilions, rest rooms, showers, and plenty of parking. Located 10 minutes north of our condo.
Kona Coast Beaches
|White Sands Beach Park
Also called "Disappearing Sands" because the beach loses its sand during the high surf months, November through April, but returns in the spring - advanced body boarding, shore diving to 60 feet with caverns and lava tubes. The most popular bodysurfing and body boarding beach in North Kona. Site of the Annual Magic Sands Bodysurfing Championship. Good snorkeling when sea is calm. Lifeguard services
|Kahaluu Beach Park
The largest sand beach between Kailua and Keauhou. In the days of the Hawaiian kings, with many of the islands' beaches having dangerous surf and riptides, King Kamehameha wanted a safe place for his family to enjoy the ocean. He had his workers construct a seawall in the surf to protect a small cove on the sunny side of the Big Island. This cove today is known as "Kahaluu Beach Park". One of the most popular swimming and best snorkeling sites in the Kona district. Home to sea turtles and dolphins. Picnic area. Lifeguard services.
|Old Airport Beach Park
What used to be the Kona Airport is now a super beach for relaxing, picnicking, and exploring. Numerous tide pools contain a multitude of tiny ocean creatures. Adjacent to the beach, the old runway is great for walking, jogging or roller blading, and the community recreation fields are just south of the runway. For shore diving, park at the far end of the old runway and enter about 25 yards north.
|Natural Energy Lab (OTEC)
Near the airport, this collection of shallow tide pools and sandy spots is a great place for plane watching, sunning, relaxing and exploring. This is a nice beach for kids so bring your picnic lunch, sunscreen, snorkel gear and spend the day. If you have a four wheel drive, a trail north past the restrooms leads to several private sandy spots, and south is Pinetrees, a long sand dune and lava strip popular with the local surfers.