Anaeho’omalu Bay, better known as A’Bay, is is a beautiful, crescent shaped white sand beach in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. A’Bay offers some amazing daytime activities and is famous for beautiful sunset settings in the evening.
A’Bay is located in front of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott hotel and Kolea. The white sands are just steps away from both of these locations. Nested between the properties and the beach are ancient Hawaiian fish ponds. As you wind on paths through these you will get a look at various fish in the waters. The area in front of these two locations is filled with activities. Boats go out hourly for snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watches in the winter, and lunch sails. If you do not want to do a paid excursion, you can rent some fins and snorkeling gear at the shack at A’Bay and enjoy some wonderful snorkeling. Sea turtles are plentiful in this area. You can also rent out kayaks, hydro bikes, and much more. Given that it is a bay, it is one of the safer beaches on the island.
While all beaches in Hawaii are public, just south of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott is the designated public beach area. Here you will find parking as well as restrooms and showers. There is also a descent amount of shade on this portion of the beach.
In the evening, you will find a great spot to take an evening beach walk and take in the beautiful sunsets that Hawaii has to offer. With the beach being close to a mile in distance, the beach is typically not crowded in any one location in the evening. The Lava Lava Beach Club is located on A’Bay and is a great place to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset from.
If the action packed beach area in front of Kolea is too busy for your liking you can walk down the beach almost a mile and find a very peaceful, romantic area of A’Bay. Since A’Bay is crescent shaped from this area you will be looking across the ocean and lava rocks and see Kolea across the way. The sea turtles love resting in this area of A’Bay.
While there are palm trees scattered throughout the beach, they do not offer a lot of shade so it is recommended to bring a beach umbrella and plenty of sunblock. While it is a white sand beach, there are areas of the water where there is minimal sand and is mostly rocky so if you plan to spend a lot of time in the water water shoes are recommended. Just as you exit the beach to go to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott you will find a shower and an area to wash your feet.