WHERE IT IS: Yes, this is one of those beaches you’d find in all the tourist guides and maps. However, this is the longest continuous beach on the island, so most tourists are steered toward the central area--the Anini Beach Park.
HOW TO GET THERE: Heading from Kapaa, pass Kilauea town and Kalihiwai bridge, turn right on Kalihiwai Road then immediately left on Anini Road. About half a mile in you have the beach park area, further down at the end of the road is a less-trodden area at the mouth a small stream.
WHEN TO GO THERE: This is the arguably the longest continuous reef system in the state hence, much of the shoreline is protected year round. HOWEVER, there may be days in the winter swell season that could make even the most tranquil looking spot dangerous... even deadly. Use common sense and, when in doubt, stay in and around the park area.
WHAT TO DO THERE: The entire beach area is fronted by reef, making it excellent for snorkeling. Sail-boarding and kite-surfing lessons are also offered there. However, these are all DAY activities. What makes this my 3rd favorite beach is what we do here at NIGHT. Especially in the summer, the reef at night shelters numerous types of fish valued by the locals, especially the uhu (parrot fish) and the kala (unicorn fish). Its sheer vastness makes Anini the most popular night diving spot on the island.