Anaehoomalu Beach, backed by hundreds of palm trees and, is famous for its breathtaking sunsets which are prominently photographed and featured in magazines and calendars. This is one of many beautiful beaches on Kona’s Kohala Coast. As you approach the beach from the paved parking lot, you will notice the ring of tall palm trees lining the semi-circle beach.
Off to the north you will pass the tranquil fish ponds and large lagoon area separated from the beach by a narrow strip of sand and another line of shady palm trees. The beach itself is nice, with beige-colored sand gently sloping to the ocean.
On either side of the beach, there are several small coves along the coast which are almost always empty. The shallow waters of the bay are also shared by a myriad of boats coming ashore and anchoring.
On many late afternoons, you might also catch a glimpse of the local outrigger canoe clubs paddling up and down the coast here in their traditional Hawaiian boats. Some of the best Hawaiian sunsets are viewed from Anaehoomalu Bay – so stay until dusk and enjoy the view.
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Calm waters allow you and your family to swim, snorkel, and enjoy the day. If you look closely, you will often find Hawaiian sea turtles swimming in the shallows, particularly at the South end of the bay. Bring your snorkel gear, and you could swim with the turtles! There is plenty of shade from the tall palm trees so you can relax here all day. In the early evening, this is a wonderful place to catch the splendid sunsets of the Kona coast. Just off of the beach is a scenic lagoon surrounded by palm trees, making a nice sunset photo. If you are looking for food or shopping, there are a few restaurants and a large assortment of stores in the Waikoloa resort area. Public parking, rest rooms and showers are available on location. From the parking area there is a paved trail taking you to the beach area. This beach is baby stroller accessible.
The sunny and calm Kohala Coast offers chances to enjoy many ocean activities. The Big Island has many great tour providers that can show you the best kayaking and snorkeling spots near Anaehoomalu Bay and throughout Kona.
Anaehoomalu graces a couple of large resorts and slightly north but within the Waikoloa Resort complex is the extraordinary Hilton complex with its man-made white-sand crescent beach and coral lagoons that are ideal for family swimming and snorkeling. You can even see sea turtles swimming in the Hilton lagoon! If you choose to stay on the Kohala Coast, make sure you venture down to Kailua Kona for lots to see and do. Don’t forget to check out our Kona Snorkeling Guide for reviews of the best snorkeling spots in Kona.
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