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Kailua Bay

big island/kailua kona
Beaches/Public Recreational

Kailua-Kona, 96740

Snorkeling, Swimming

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Snorkeling, Swimming

Kailua Bay

The Big Island's Cozy Nook

Nestled in the vibrant heart of downtown Kailua-Kona, you'll discover a hidden gem, Kailua Bay. Unlike many areas surrounding piers, this bay offers surprisingly clean and inviting waters. The secret to its pristine condition lies in the daily natural flushing action of the sea, ensuring a refreshing experience for visitors.

One remarkable feature of Kailua Bay is the astonishing diversity of marine life it harbors. Schooling fish, numbering in the thousands, are a common sight, especially around the Hulihe‘e Palace area. On calm, sun-drenched days, many enthusiasts relish the opportunity to snorkel from the pier to the sandy pocket across from Kona Islander Inn or the rocky beachfront opposite Bongo Ben's. You might even be fortunate enough to spot dolphins leisurely resting in the inviting sandy areas of the bay, adding a touch of wonder to your aquatic adventures.

A small corner of sandy shoreline, located across the pier from Kamakahonu Bay, gently extends into Kailua Bay. Protected by the pier, this cozy nook provides an excellent albeit compact spot for swimming, ensuring you can enjoy a refreshing dip with confidence. Additionally, this very location marks the starting point for the legendary swimming course of the prestigious IRONMAN Triathlon.

Kailua Bay is not only a recreational hub but also a gateway to a world of underwater wonders. With its remarkable marine biodiversity and a convenient starting point for thrilling aquatic activities, this charming bay offers an unforgettable experience right in the heart of Kailua-Kona. Whether you're snorkeling, swimming, or simply basking in the beauty of this coastal paradise, Kailua Bay is a must-visit destination that promises memorable moments for all.

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