Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay), Fun on the Beach

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay)

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay) at Night

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay) at Night

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay)

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay)

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay), Sunset

Anaeho’omalu Bay (A-Bay), Sunset

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach Trail

Hapuna Beach Trail

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach

Warning :-)

Warning :-)

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach, Southern View

Mauna Kea Beach, Southern View

Mauna Kea Beach

Mauna Kea Beach

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Favorite Beaches

Anaeho’omalu Bay or (A-Bay)

Walking Distance:  12-15 minutes

The closest beach, Anaeho’omalu Bay, or A’Bay, is a short walk, or a 2 minute drive, from the condo. A-Bay is a wonderful state beach with lots of sun and shade and a plenty of amenities. It is a great beach for swimming, snorkeling, turtle watching (they love this cove). At sunset, hit this beach for incredible photo ops.

A-Bay offers good swimming year round thanks to offshore reef protection. This is also a popular windsurfing location with a few other tourist activities offered by the hotel behind the beach. Ocean Sports has a shack on the beach making beach toys, snorkel gear, and water sport equipment readily available. A’Bay is a five star beach for families with small children.

Mauna Kea Beach

Driving Distance: 9 miles – 16 minutes

Mauna Kea beach is located just north of Hapuna beach and shares many of Hapuna’s characteristics. Many consider Mauna Kea to be one of the Big Island’s best beaches. It is my personal favorite.

The gently sloping beach offers excellent swimming as well as snorkeling on the two rocky flanks of the beach.

Parking is very limited. Enter the Mauna Kea resort and ask the attendant for a parking card. (get there early as there are limited slots) or slightly further up at Mauumae beach and walk a pleasant trail to Mauna Kea.

Hapuna Beach

Driving Distance: 8.5 miles – 15 minutes

Hapuna makes a strong case for being Hawaii’s finest beach, possessing all the traits that vacationers love. The beach is wide and long, stretching for several hundred yards and offers plenty of play room with fine soft sand.

The clear water offers excellent snorkeling towards the rocky south point when the ocean is calm. Skilled swimmers can snorkel almost a mile down the coast to reach the beautiful Wailea Bay. When the surf picks up Hapuna often serves up some excellent boogie boarding.

There are picnic tables, barbeque pits, as well as showers for use while spending the day there.

Waialea Bay Beach or (69 Beach)

Driving Distance: 9 miles – 16 minutes

Waialea Bay Beach is a beautiful white-sand beaches on the Big Island. Many local families come here with their children. The summer months are mostly calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

The ocean bottom drops off gradually and reaches depths of around 30 feet (9 m) just outside of the bay. Below the surface, you’ll find several coral colonies around large underwater rocks. Lots of colorful fish live in the area. When the surf is up, surfers and bodyboarders are drawn to a surf break at the northern point of the bay.

Waialea is known as Beach 69 among local residents. Visitors may chuckle at this name and wonder why it’s called that. The reason is because the public utility pole that’s standing at the road that leads to the beach is number 69. The shore is tucked into a private neighborhood but has a public access trail. There is plenty of shade on the beach.

Enter this beach from the same access point of Hapuna State Beach. Don’t turn right into the Hapuna parking lot but keep going just slightly further to the Public Utility Pole #69. Turn right into parking area.