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Kahaluu Bay

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Reviewed yesterday

We love snorkelling in this Bay. The fish are beautiful & the waters so clear. We usually see turtles here but not this year yet. Only problem is the entry spots. When water is down, it’s hard to find an easy route into the water....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maggiemouse169
Reviewed 3 days ago

An great place for some safe and easy snorkeling. You will see a large number of different reef fish. The bay is behind a low sea wall that was built by the commoners for the royals, creating a nicely protected area for swimming and snorkeling.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Semibum
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have snorkeled here several times. For the beginner, many parts are very shallow and you can see lots of fish like Trumpet, Cornet, butterfly, tang, parrot fish, etc. and maybe turtles. At times, the current can be VERY strong. We are experienced and kicked...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mzofo
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my favorite place to snork! A short trolley ride from town if you're w/o a car. Everything there to rent that you might need. Snacks, snorkels, sunscreen or a beach chair. There's a lifeguard on duty and lots of shade as well as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank rosebud7283
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I stopped in to this busy little park for a look. Was initially put off by the number of people jammed into the small beach area, but the snorkeling was so great that it more than compensated for the tight quarters. Abundant...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Irfman
Reviewed 1 week ago

BYO snorkel gear or rent it from a kisok at the Kahaluu Bay State Park. We ended up buying our own so that we could use it multiple times at this location and others. Well worth the small investment. Do know that the rocks upon...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Terri D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't miss at this beach. The snorkeling is good and in a protected bay. Off to the side you can surf or paddle board. There are restrooms and a food truck.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DebW536
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I loved snorkeling here - 4 times in a week & each time was exciting. The entry isn't super easy with fins on, but it's not that bad. This spot is especially good with littles or nervous swimmers b/c it's very shallow and safe &...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kwbsf
Reviewed 7 January 2019

A nice place to snorkel for families. The reef is protected by a breakwater like lava formation. Restrooms and outside showers are provided. Parking is free and available for those who get there early enough to secure a space. The North side of the cove...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 911travelexprt
Reviewed 27 December 2018

I have been to this beach multiple times to go snorkeling. Lot of fish to see. Sometimes turtles, but didn't see any this year. Not a great beach to just lay out on, it is kind of small. There is a fair size parking lot...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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8 August 2018|
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Response from cropsis | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the folks above. Kahalu'u beach park has a rocky entry but then it's wonderful and protected. Just please don't touch any sea life or step on coral. Tourists have done a lot of damage here. Two step is super but... More
8 August 2018|
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Response from luvinheart | Reviewed this property |
Kahalu'u Beach Park near Keahou. If you are experienced snorkelers go to 2 step near Honaunau. It can be rough there but on calm days it is heavenly. Also take Body Glove or other boats to Kealakekua Bay.
8 August 2018|
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Response from ryanshieldsrj | Reviewed this property |
Kahalu’u Beach Park is the best in Kona. It's a protective bay with decent snorkeling and to the right of the bay is a good surf spot. Also, a lot of great morning and afternoon boat trips depart from downtown Kona and will... More