Anaehoomalu Beach#6 in Best Things To Do in Hawaii - The Big Island
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One of the Kohala Coast's premier beaches, Anaehoomalu Beach is a favorite haunt for frequent Big Island visitors. Do as they do and call it "A-Bay" – that way you'll truly be in the know. You won't find too many locals on this massive stretch of salt and pepper sand, but you will have lots of opportunities to try some water sports, such as stand up paddleboarding and snorkeling, in the calm and clear water.
Visitors will tell you that A-Bay isn't the most picturesque shore on Big Island, but it has convenience going for it. Hordes of hotels provide the backdrop, and there are lots of nearby bars and bathrooms to choose from. However, some say that there are limited beach chairs, so travelers might want to bring their own chairs and umbrellas. You can also visit at about any time of day you want: there are no set hours of operation and there's ample parking in a public parking lot.
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#1 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Four months after closing due to intense and damaging volcanic activity, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park reopened in mid-September 2018. "The Volcano," as it were, loosely refers to two active volcanoes in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park; specifically, it's Kilauea that's the real must-see. A 4,000-foot-tall mountain, Kilauea has been spitting, spewing and oozing since Jan. 3, 1983 and in May 2018, it started erupting, forcing evacuations and destroying entire communities. Although the eruptions have stopped, Kilauea is still at the top of America's list of volcanoes to monitor.
Most people who come to the park hope to see some lava flow; some travelers see a little bit, others are not as lucky. Check in at the Kilauea Visitor Center for up-to-date information on trails, safety precautions and where to expect lava flow.
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