Anaeho'omalu Beach is a place of unparalleled beauty, tranquility and charm. Often referred to as A-Bay, Anaeho'omalu Bay beach is peaceful and scenic, with long rows of palm trees that make it one of the premier places to photograph a Big Island sunset.
Just a short meander down a pathway leading past the ancient fishponds adjacent to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Hotel, this is one of those amazing Hawaii beaches that has it all: sun, sand, surf, shade, swimming, snorkeling, and an amazing story that digs deep into Hawaii's past.
Even if you aren't staying at the hotel it's worth dropping in to enjoy this long, palm-fringed crescent of salt and pepper sand rimming Anaeho'omalu Bay. The water in the bay, while not as clear as at some beaches, is utterly tranquil, making for excellent swimming. Decent snorkeling can be found along either side of A-Bay, particularly near the northern edge.
A-Bay is a great place to learn stand up paddle boarding. Lessons are available, and kayaks, boogie boards and snorkel gear can be rented at the hut on the north end of Anaeho'omalu Beach. You can also sign up for scuba diving or a guided tour, or simply lounge in the shade of a coconut palm. When the breeze picks up, A-Bay is known for some of the best kite surfing on the Big Island.
There are no lifeguards at A-Bay. There are restrooms and outdoor showers near the south end of Anaeho'omalu Beach, and other services are available on the resort grounds.
Named for the historic royal fishponds behind Anaeho'omalu Beach, this is an interesting and very picturesque place to explore. Once a thriving fishing village, today the Anaeho'omalu fishponds are still actively maintained. Along the paved walkway are informational signs describing the area. You might spot moray eels lurking in the shallows. The area is rich in history including archaeological sites, heiau (temples) and petroglyphs.
A section of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail crosses the beach, traversing north and south past Anaeho'omalu Bay. Just a short distance to the south, one of the treasures of the area is Kapalaoa Beach.
Walking along the shore between A-Bay and Kapalaoa Beach has a sort of other-world feeling. At times when we've had the entire beach to ourselves, there's a sense of wildness, like being shipwrecked on an island paradise.
It can be so utterly peaceful, sitting there in the sand, alone, mesmerized by the small waves breaking softly across the lava rocks in the center of the cove, with the top of Maui poking through the clouds in the distance.
The walk north from Anaeho'omalu Bay beach is equally scenic, a delightful stroll with magnificent vistas along the coastline trail leading to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort.
To reach A-Bay, turn off Highway 19 toward the ocean at Waikoloa Beach Drive. When you enter the village, you will pass Queen's Marketplace on your left. Before reaching the Marriott Hotel, turn left at the intersection opposite the Kings Shops, onto Kuualil Place. Follow until you see the public parking lot and walk to the beach.
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