Kahalu'u Beach Park, Kailua-Kona/Keauhou, Hawaii

78-6710 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona/Keauhou, Hawaii

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Submitted by: Seri L.

If you like swimming with tropical fish and sea turtles, go here. This is not a beach for sunbathing or taking your kids to go for a swim. I made sure to stop by the morning of our departure and sure enough, I saw three turtles in the water and one laying out on the beach. Perfect way to end my vacation! Besides the turtles, there are tons of colorful fish swimming around and the water is usually calm. The day we left, it was super windy the night before and the waves were stronger, but still manageable. Restroom is clean and they have a shave ice truck and some food on site. The beach itself is small, but that's not why you go to this beach. Wear reef shoes since there are tons of rocks in shallow water - r...

Submitted by: Emily W.

This was a great first place to snorkel on Hawaii.  For those complaining about the rocks, there is a great sandy walkway into/out of the water...no rock slipping and cutting of the legs necessary!  The water was a little rougher today, so not as many fish there today as there would be on nice days, but it was still a ton of fun for my daughter (6 years old) and I.  We snorkeled all around the rocks/reef.  We were even greeted by 4 awesome sea turtles!  Overall, it's a definite snorkel spot for families or leisurely snorkeler's.  Those more serious snorkeler's may want to head down the road.   Oh, and it is definitely worth it to get there early.  We got there at 8:30 to make sure to see the turtles--one swa...

Submitted by: Michael S.

We went to a number of snorkeling beaches on the Big Island and this was by far the best. The water was calm, it was easy to stand in the water and get in and out with the sand gradually sloping out into the bay, and there were tons of different fish to look at. In contrast, none of the other beaches had even 1/10th of the fish...

Submitted by: Keri M.

As a local, I think this beach sucks, even though it's good for beginning snorkeling. The beach is ultra small, and jam freakin' packed with tourists, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even though it is so small, I would have to say that this is the Waikiki beach of the Big Island. They even Have druggies, and alcoholics hanging out in the pavilions. I guess it is good for the locals who like peace and serenity at the beach, that so many touists are unadventurous, and end up snorkeling in the sunscreen filled waters of Kahalu'u, instead of over crowding other beaches. It's crazy, too, how people go snorkeling, and leave their obnoxious kids to fend for them selves on the beach, wasting tons of water, playing in the showers,...

Submitted by: ana m.

Not the beach looking beach (for lounging), but overall beautiful. My family and I went there to surf. It's difficult to ge...

Submitted by: Linda L.

Overall: Awesome beach for snorkeling, but beware of the skin ripping rocks! This is THE best beach to snorkel on the Big Island, it's also known as snorkel beach! The water is clean, clear, and still with lots of fish and over 25 acres of coral reef. The beach itself isn't much to write home about. It's not really a sandy beach, but more like a small pebbled beach.  Kahalu'u beach is pretty busy and is very popular with families, but the snorkeling here is worth the hassle. The beach is well equipped with car park, life guards, toilets, showers, rentals, lockers, snack shack and a play area. Well worth the visit for snorkeling, but watch out for the skin ripping rocks - I managed to cut open both of my knee...

Submitted by: B C.

Diversity of fish and numerous sea turtles made this the best snorkeling spot we found.  The life guards a big plus too for those with children (or even without).  The other reviews provide good detail on the site.  My review is related to the onsite vendor who rents equipment. If you have children, I would strongly recommend going up the street and purchasing snorkel gear at Long's (2 mins away). We lost a child's mask and snorkel (or it was borrowed from us).  The vendor charged $51 to replace it which we paid - claimed it was his cost but frankly the fee felt egregious.  The stuff we bought at Long's seemed as good as the rental equipment. The vendor claimed it's not but frankly I walked away after a grea...

Submitted by: R R.

This has to be the best snorkeling spot on the Kona Coast.  Lots of gorgeous fish, sea turtles, palm trees, picnic tabl...

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