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Waialae Beach

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Waialae Beach, The Big Island Hawaii


We stumbled upon Waialae Beach one day while we were lost looking for a snorkeling area nearby. We pulled into the dusty miserable parking lot, and almost turned around. I said, "Let's just see what's here," and ran to have a look. Through the trees a strip of deep vibrant blue emerged and I continued on. There, before my eyes, was the perfect beach I'd been dreaming of for the past year. I'd been longing for a swim in tropical waters. And this was it!
Stretching down to the shoreline was thick shade from the ironwood trees. The sand was a lovely cream color, and the water...well, the colors are indescribable. Tiny waves tickled the shore.
We all ran down to the water, fins and snorkels in hand, and swam out to the right, near the little cove. There we found a huge coral garden and colorful fish. Next, we snorkeled to the left (south), around the other side of the large rock formation. That was the best snorkeling I've found in Hawaii. There was a whole garden of live coral, pinks, purples, greens, and lovely little tropical fish. A turtle swam right past us. I've never seen so much live coral in Hawaii!
After snorkeling, I bounced about in the clear, clear water. Wow! What a swim! What bliss!
Sometimes the beach is not calm but windy and choppy, and then the snorkeling and swimming is not as good.

If you're hungry and have found out that restaurants in Kohala are around $30 a plate, try Cafe Pesto. It's located at ugly Kawaihae Boat Harbor, but inside it's surprisingly pretty and filled with some lovely island art. The food is not memorable- pizza with mostly crust and sauce-, but the atmosphere is nice, and the service is friendly, and you can't beat the price! FYI: The restaurant is indoors and air-conditioned.


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From the dusty parking lot, you are amazed as you see a peek of the cerulean blue waters ahead.
From the dusty parking lot, you are amazed as you see a peek of the cerulean blue waters ahead.
Left side of beach.
Left side of beach.
Lots of shade!
Lots of shade!
Lazing around at Waialae Beach.
Lazing around at Waialae Beach.


To get to Waialae Beach: From Hwy 19 going north, turn left on Pauko Beach Rd, and then right on Pauko Rd. The driveway to the parking is the second on the left.
There are showers and restrooms. 

To get to Cafe Pesto, head North on Hwy 19, then take Hwy 270 to the West. Soon you come to Kawaihae Harbor. It is before the 3 mile marker. Cafe Pesto is in the little shopping center with the convenience store, on the lower level.
Cafe Pesto, 61-3665 Hwy 270, Kawaihae HI 96743, call (808) 882-1071.

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11/30/2010 22:44
Looks like Paradise! Here in Brazil we also have beautiful beaches...

10/22/2009 20:34
I'm jealous!!!

Last Updated Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:25:54 GMT