Beyond the Big Island’s well-manicured Waikoloa Beach Resort is Waikoloa-in-the-raw – a rocky coastline of whipping waves that seem so different from the premiere oasis a few feet away. Instead of shops and fine-dining, hermit crabs meander past this perimeter, while eels and fish roam freely through the tide pools.

This is their oasis.

Visitors get the chance to see this beautiful area in nature by way of an unpaved trail that runs parallel to the coast. Escape civilization for a little while, or a long while; the walk takes as long as you want it to take. But the best way to experience the edge of Waikoloa is to do nothing at all.

Find a nice spot in the shade and wait. It only takes a few moments for the show to start, when honu (sea turtle) pop up with wide eyes and eels race through the shallow-water mazes. It’s nature coming to life, the National Geographic of the Pacific. It’s what multi-story buildings and traffic and freeways don’t always take into consideration. This can be your oasis, too.

The trail leads to another gem, Anaehoomalu Bay (A-Bay for short), so in addition to bringing water, sunscreen and covered shoes, be sure to bring a swimsuit. I just love exploring these untouched areas in nature, where you can forget about maps and visitor guides and just wander. Oftentimes, this is when you discover the very best of the islands!


• Waikoloa Beach Resort, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI 96738


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