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Kahalu’u Beach Park

big island/kailua kona
Beaches/Public Recreational

Ali‘i Dr
Kailua-Kona, 96740

Tide Pools, Snorkeling


Hours of Operation:

    7 AM–7 PM
Tide Pools, Snorkeling

Kahalu’u Beach Park

A Snorkel Paradise On The Big Island

Kahalu'u Beach Park, nestled on the stunning Big Island, stands as one of the premier snorkeling destinations in Kona. With its vibrant marine life and crystal-clear waters, it offers an extraordinary aquatic experience that attracts both locals and visitors alike.

Upon entering the water, you may initially encounter cooler and cloudier conditions near the shore due to the numerous freshwater springs along the bay's perimeter. However, the real magic unfolds when you venture further out towards the middle of the bay. Here, the water becomes warmer and clearer, providing the perfect backdrop for an abundance of marine life. The key to Kahalu'u's appeal lies about 100 feet offshore, where a thriving underwater world awaits your exploration.

Kahalu'u's offshore adventure is made possible, in part, by the remnants of the ancient Menehune breakwater. While the waves may have disassembled parts of this structure over time, it continues to create an exceptional environment for the marine ecosystem.

One of the greatest highlights of Kahalu'u Beach Park is the opportunity to swim alongside a delightful family of turtles. These graceful creatures often call Kahalu'u their home, and they are known to grace snorkelers with their presence. To maximize your chance of swimming with these magnificent turtles, remember not to harass them and act nonchalant to avoid disturbing their peaceful grazing.

Kahalu'u Beach Park is thoughtfully equipped with comprehensive facilities to cater to your needs, making your visit comfortable and enjoyable. A nearby rental facility, Kahalu'u Bay Surf & Sea, offers various water equipment for rent, from snorkel gear to paddleboards. If you're interested in trying your hand at surfing, you can even book lessons in advance to ride the waves.

While Kahalu'u Beach Park does draw crowds, it is generally less congested than White Sands Beach, and the resident fish have grown accustomed to human presence, allowing for up-close encounters. However, during periods of high surf, large waves may wash over the reef, creating a rip current out of the northern reef opening, so caution is advised.

Please note that Kahalu'u Beach Park was historically a place for feeding fish, but conservationists now actively discourage this practice. For a more responsible snorkeling experience, refer to our Snorkeling in Activities section.

With its accessibility, astounding marine life, and snorkeling opportunities, Kahalu'u Beach Park stands as a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a captivating underwater adventure on the Big Island.

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