Big Island of Hawaii’s Top 3 Snorkel Locations

When exploring Hawai’i, one favorite activity among many is snorkeling. Snorkeling offers thrill-seekers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful underwater world and relax while floating on warm tropical waters. Let’s dive into the top 3 snorkel locations found on Hawai’i’s Big Island!

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Kahalu’u Beach Park

Located off Ali’i Drive, about 4.5 miles south of Kailua-Kona Town, Kahalu’u Bay hides one of the best spots to snorkel with easy water access entry. The shallow bay is home to a wide variety of ocean life while having plenty of tide pools to explore. Kahalu’u Bay is a great location for people who are new to snorkeling and is an ideal place for a last-minute snorkel.

snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay big island

Kealakekua Bay

Kelalakekua Bay, also known as “Captain Cook” after a 27-foot tall monument was placed in memory of the British Explorer: Captain Cook, who died in 1779.

Located approximately 13 miles on the lush and tropical South Kona Coast, Kealakekua Bay is a sanctuary for all marine life such as exotic fish, turtles, dolphins, and features a spectacular coral reef. There are different ways to access the bay such as hiking, take a boat tour, or even by kayak. This destination is paradise to one of the best snorkeling spots in the entire state of Hawai’i.

Honaunau Bay snorkeling on the big island

Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay is often referred to as “Two Step, City of Refuge and Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park”. Found about 23 miles south of Kona, The Travel Channel named Honaunau Bay one of “America’s Best Beaches 2004.”

Known for its clear turquoise waters, large number of dolphin pods, and abundant fish – this beautiful location showcases miniature underwater canyons, formations, and narrow passages.

dolphin pods big island snokeling destinations

When planning your next trip, make sure to add these Big Island snorkeling locations to your list!

More Information

For more information on unique real estate opportunities such as this throughout Hawaii Island, please contact Carrie Nicholson, R(B), BIC, Director of Hawaii Life One – Big Island, (808) 896-9749 or

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August 12, 2021

I love the turtles !
I am interested in a retirement home for the winter months and VRBO the rest of the year.
Maybe someone in your office could send me info on the big island?
I’ve been to Kauai but it’s probably out of my price range.
I would be interested in rural but not too far from the beach.
I’m from MT so anything wetter than MT with no lava would be fine.


August 14, 2021

Do you guys really have to put this on the internet? Stop exploiting Hawai’i for your own gain. Each one of these spots is already way overcrowded every single day and now you’re going to make it worse? $hame on all of you.

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