One of the few superb beaches along the Kohala Coast, this is certainly one to put on top of the must-see beaches on the Big Island. The clear warm waters and the soft gold sand are just the beginning. Located in the Waikoloa Resort, Anaehoomalu Bay fronts the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort and comes complete with tidal pools, gentle waves and lots of sun. This life-guarded beach comes along with free parking, picnic tables, restrooms and showers. Bring a picnic lunch, spend the day under any one of the countless palm trees and enjoy safe swimming in the warm waters.
Fronting the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Kaupulehu, this beach is popular with area body boarders and surfers. Although not recommended for swimming, the beach is a collection of sand and volcanic rock formations which give it a small beach personality. Summer mornings bring fishermen, the winter surf brings local youngsters looking to get some wave time in. Although the beach is dominated by the exclusive Four Seasons Resort, public access is mandated by law. Paved parking is located at the end of the public beach access road where restrooms are also available.
Anyone who's looking for a marathon horseback ride should call this place. While a normal two and a half-hour tour is available, people who really want to explore can sign up for the five-hour Hidden Waterfall Ride. Both tours travel along Waipio Valley to Hi'ilawe Falls, passing through cane fields and farmlands along the way. The five-hour journey follows the path of a stream back through the jungle, eventually arriving in a hidden rainforest paradise. Reserve in advance.
The sunny Kohala Coast yields some of the best beaches on the Big Island, and Waialea Beach is certainly one of the best. Located at mile marker 69 along Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, this beach is not as popular as nearby Hapuna or as busy as Spencer. The shoreline is a sliver of white sand but the beauty is in the clear waters and remote location. Locals gather on weekends in droves with kids and body boards in tow. Snorkeling is a popular activity here since the waters are clear and conditions are typically calm, especially in the summer months. Park respectfully and leave only footprints, please. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset.
This quiet, peaceful beach is located behind the Orchid at Mauna Lani. While it is separate from any of the hotels, it often gets included in hotel amenity lists. A secluded, rocky expanse, it is good for hiking or picnicking, but not so good for swimming. A path across the parking lot from the beach leads to the Puako Petroglyphs. Restrooms and picnic tables are onsite. Pets and off-road vehicles are not allowed and camping is prohibited. Do not try to bend the rules, security guards patrol regularly.
Located on the sunny Kohala coast of the Big Island, Kaunaoa Bay is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. The wide sandy crescent shoreline fronts the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and is the perfect beach to spend the day on the soft sand or swimming the clear, warm, gentle surf. Although public beach access is mandated by law, the hotel controls access by limiting the number of parking spaces, so arrive early and bring along a picnic and drinks to avoid the pricey resort offerings. Showers and restrooms are available, but beach chairs and umbrellas are not. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset.