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Anaeho'omalu Beach - Kohala Coast, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Pictures & visitor info from a snorkeling trip to Anaeho'omalu Bay Beach on the Kohala Coast, Kona, Big Island.

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Waikoloa Beach Dr.
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Anaehoomalu Sign
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Highway 19

Anaeho'omalu Beach or "A-Bay" as it's known by the locals, is just one of the many great beaches that we visited during our ten night stay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

A-Bay is located along the Kohala Coast of the Kona (western or leeward) side of the Big Island in the Waikoloa Village.

Visitors can access A-Bay Beach by turning West onto Waikoloa Beach Drive at either mile marker 76 or 79 on Highway 19 (Queen Kaahumanu Hwy).

Some of the features of Anaeho'omalu Beach Park include showers, benches, picnic tables, beach equipment rentals, windsurfing rentals, and bathrooms.

The waters at A-Bay are very calm and well suited for swimming. The snorkeling was good but not as great as some of the other beaches we visited on the Kona side of the island.

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Waikoloa Village Entrance
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Palm Trees & Green Grass
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Parking Lot Entrance
If you only have a few days on the Big Island of Hawaii and snorkeling is your primary objective, I'd suggest skipping Anaeho'omalu Beach on your itinerary. But if you have at least a week to spend here, then A-Bay is a beautiful place to go swimming or sunbathing and do a little bit of snorkeling on the side. I've also read that A-Bay is one of the best places to see a colorful Hawaiian sunset and also sea turtles down on the south end. (Please keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty at A-Bay Beach.)
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Public Parking For Beach
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Passenger Drop Off Area
Another reason to visit Anaeho'omalu Beach is to check out large ancient Hawaiian "fishpond" that was used by the original inhabitants of the Big Island to raise mullet fish.
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Aloha Welcome To Waikoloa
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Path To Visitor Services
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No Animals, Fires, Bikes
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Ancient Fish Ponds
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Showers, Benches
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Shady Trees
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Many Palm Trees
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Anaeho'omalu Beach
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Calm Waters
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A-Bay
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Hawaiian Fishpond
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Golden Brown Sand
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Snorkeling Off Beach
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Coral Formations
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Some of the fish species commonly seen while snorkeling in Hawaii include the longnose butterfly, fourspot butterfly, moorish idol, teardrop butterfly, whitespotted puffer, lagoon triggerfish, oval butterfly, moorish idol, threadfin butterfly, fantail filefish, blue caravalle, saddle wrasse, lemon butterfly, hogfish, sargent major, picasso triggerfish, potter's angelfish, racoon butterfly, spiny puffer fish, Hawaiian cleaner wrasse, orante wrasse, yellow tang, orangespine surgeonfish, needle fish, parrotfish, trumpet fish, and unicornfish.
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Spiny Sea Urchin


 
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Sea Urchin Spikes
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Picasso Triggerfish
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Surgeonfish
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Convict Tang Fish
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For more of my underwater snorkeling pictures from our trip to A-Bay, continue on to Page 2 by clicking on the "Next" or "Last" buttons below.

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