Kohala Coast Beaches

Some of the worlds best beaches are located along the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Also called the Gold Coast, this scenic area boasts endless sunshine, exotic resorts and scenic beaches.

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Kohala Coast Beaches

Anaehoomalu Bay Beach

Anaehoomalu Beach
Anaeho'omalu Bay is a place of unparalleled beauty, tranquility and charm. Often referred to as A-Bay, located near the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort, is one of the best looking beaches in the Waikoloa area, featuring an amazing long white-sand beach, fish ponds and a large grove of coconut palms. Anaeho'omalu is protected by an offshore reef and the beach is popular for a variety of ocean sports, including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, scuba diving and surfing—there are not much waves for boogie boarding and surfing.

Location: To reach A-Bay, turn off Highway 19 toward the ocean at Waikoloa Beach Drive.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach
This half-mile-long crescent of gently sloping golden sand is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped park and coconut palms. Located between two exclusive resorts, Mauna Kea Beach Resort and Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala coastline. During the summer months the beach is about 200 feet wide and the clear blue water is excellent for swimming bodyboarding, bodysurfing, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, sunbathing. There is ample parking with restroom and picnic facilities.

Location: Old Puako RoadWaimea—from Kona, take Highway 19 north. Make a left turn at the access road just before Mile Marker #69. Drive to the end of the road, make a left turn and then take an immediate right.

Holoholokai Beach Park

Holoholokai Beach
This small beach park with full facilities near the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii it is not a prestine sandy beach, however it is a place of beauty to explore tide pools and snorkel. Take a walk through prehistoric Hawaii, told in the words of ancient art at the nearby Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, where you will find hundreds of ancient carvings in the lava rock.

Location: Holoholokai Beach Park RdWaimea—from Kona take Highway 19 north. Between Mile Markers #73 and 74, turn left into the resort area. Then turn right at the first major intersection. Bear left at the "Y" in the road. Then take the next right and follow the road to the end. Parking is available.

Kaunaoa Beach

Kaunaoa Beach Park
This near-perfect crescent of sand along the Kohala Coast is only about one-fourth of a mile, the beach has two coral reefs and generally very calm waters. Kaunaoa Beach has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the United States by Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine. Two other smaller beaches can be accessed from Kaunaoa Beach by walking for about 1.5 miles north of Kauna'oa—Wai'ula'ula Beach and Mau'umae Beach, both are two small pockets of white sand.

Location: Mauna Kea Beach Dr,Kamuela—from Kona, take Highway 19 north. Make a left turn at Mile Marker #68. Follow the road to the end.


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