Day 11 – Spencer Beach to Kohanaiki – Surf – Urchins – Sunset…
We are approaching the end of our trip. Originally I planned to reach Kona today and overnight at a hotel but changed it later to break the rest of the trip into two days so we can see more. I’m glad I did. Kohanaiki is such a beautiful place. I think it’s a recent development and I imagine not many visitors are aware of it, because the park sign is not right on the highway. I wouldn’t know it if it wasn’t listed on the state park website when was booking the others.
This part of the Big Island has more popular beaches with fine sand and surf. There are a lot of resorts that are on prime spots but fortunately they cannot claim the beach as private property, so all you have to do is find a way to get to the beach. There are signs on the highway that says “shorline access”, but the road is not always in good condition or it involves going steep hills.
We find an excellent beach at Anaeho’omalu Bay, named Waikoloa with a flat access road and even with showers and beach chairs. It also has a traditional fish pond attached (which is “kapu” — meaning you are not supposed to enter). I step on a sea urchin when getting out of the water. There is nothing to do, you just wait the spines to dissolve by themselves.
We arrive and check into Kohanaiki Beach around noon (there is even a guy at the gate). There are a lot of surfers and they seem to enjoy the big waves (they are not that big but what do I know). We snorkel for fish and see a lot of different ones from earlier. The shore is very rocky and the waves make it hard to get in and out unless you have a surfboard. The day goes by watching the surfers, walking around in short trails and keeping our journals up to date.