Are you packing your bags and thinking about your getaway to West Hawaii with the family or your honey for the holidays?
Snorkel For Free
A nice place to snorkel that many people use for a swim lane instead, is Kailua Bay. It’s an easy “walk down the steps onto sand and walk in with no rocks” entry. I have seen HUGE fish balls there that I have never experienced anywhere else on the island. Like THOUSANDS of fish. And have seen a few turtles right there at the entry point as they feed off of the rocks.
It is safer during high surf events (common in December and early January) when you want to get into the ocean but other beaches are closed or are dangerous) We have been known to get our floaties and lounge around in the bay. (You can buy the floaty rings at the ABC store right there near the bay and they will blow them up for you! $6 for entertainment!)
(Here is a video I took of the swim entrance)
If you want another romantic spot..my hubby and I do this on special occasions…the Mauna Kea Resort has a spectacular view over a gorgeous bay. (Kaunaoa Bay) You can also take the kids there to swim (another safer than usual beach for waves) There is a beach bar with awesome margaritas or you can dress up and have appetizers in the Copper Bar (lobby bar) and watch the sunset or have burgers on the beach at the Hau Tree restaurant or splurge and just go for dinner at the Manta restaurant and enjoy a spectacular view across the bay.
My friend Marlina owns Gertrude’s Jazz Bar right on Alli Dr. across from the Kailua Bay. They have dancing, jazz, live music and have a great view of the bay at sunset. Check their entertainment calendar-there is ALWAYS something fun going on there! It’s a night you can wear something pretty and feel grown up without kids and have some festive photos taken of you. I love it there.