Anaeho’omalu Bay (locally known as A-Bay) near the Waikola Marriott is a protected beach known for its traditional royal fish ponds, lava rock tide pools and frequent sea turtle sightings. We found the sand here too gritty for sunbathing comfort (bring beach shoes if you go), but since it has public access and was walking distance from our condo it was a great place for a quick sunset dip and our teen and tween found the sea turtles to be intriguing. This is another in our posting about the 10 Top Big Island of Hawaii adventures for families with teens and tweens. Click the link for the full list.
Sea Turtles Frequent A-Bay
Green Sea turtles, know locally as Honu, are an ancient and threatened species that can be seen at different locations throughout the island. Unlike many wild animals, the Honu are peaceful and are willing to let you watch them from a respectful distance (i.e. 20 feet or more) for as long as you want. To keep them healthy it is important not to touch them or bother them when they are resting.
As mentioned in our earlier posts, the Honu will often pull up on the beach at the Place of Refuge and can be seen in the waters near Kealakekua Bay. However, A-bay in the Kohala Coast Waikola resort area was our favortie sea turtle viewing location. The turtles here will rest in the tidal pools, floating in the gentle tide of this protected Bay. Several times while swimming near shore we had sea turtles approach us and swim along side.
A Coastal Stroll
When you lose interest in the turtles there is a beautiful, rustic coastal path along the several tidal coves that connect the Marriott to the Hilton. There are also side paths out to the street that provide coastal access to the various condo complexes in the area.