We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Honaunau-Napoopoo, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
Phone Number: 808-328-8775
Website
Activities: Snorkeling
Visit Kealakekua Bay like an insider
Private Tour
$115*
and up
Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari
Top Rated
$110*
and up
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 321 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 247
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Beautiful Beach

Clear beautiful water, sea turtles went swimming by! Water was warm and not rough at all. Had a gorggeous afternoon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Tflood25
,
Shelton, Connecticut
Add Photo Write a Review

321 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Shelton, Connecticut
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Clear beautiful water, sea turtles went swimming by! Water was warm and not rough at all. Had a gorggeous afternoon!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Corvallis, Oregon
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Lots of people, but once in the water you can swim away from the masses and still see lots of reef fish. And turtles. If you are really lucky you can swim with the spinner dolphins. We saw them spinning one day and another time swam out to be with them. Below, on each side, and if you swim down... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bellingham, Washington
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

If you can only snorkel one day on the island, this is a must! Take the Adventures in Paradise kayaking tour and be brave and take the first tour of the day. You won't regret it.

Was this review helpful? Yes
St. Albert
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Rufus from Ehu and Kai, Hawaiian Cultural Tours & Kayak, was a tremendous help getting our kayaks off of our car and into the bay. We rented with another kayak outfitter, but we would rent with Rufus the next time. You are allowed to swim with the dolphins as long as you do not harass them, chase them or disturb... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, Canada
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
65 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A bit hard to find. It's across the bay from the Cook Memorial. Good parking. Great view but a rocky beach. The attraction here is the great snorkeling. Enjoy.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Kealakekua bay is beautiful. We got lucky enough to kayak with some dolphins. Snorkeling was good, but 2-step was better.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

A must go site for everyone who likes to be in contact with nature. The snorkel is very easy and looks like those scenes we see on TV. Lots of colorful fishes and corals, clean water... Wow! We made a rafting expedition with Captain Zodiac, which was very adventurous for the whole family. On our way to the bay we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, Missouri
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
20 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Loved the time we had to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay. Beautiful water, amazing fish, and all in a remarkably protected cove that is reasonably calm at all times. The whole family had a great time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Las Cruces
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

My wife and I, with our 9-year-old grandson, rented kayaks from Bayside. We opted to have a guide, and she took us quickly across the bay to the dolphins. We were quickly overboard to swim near them. A high point of our vacation. Then we paddled over near the Captain Cook monument for excellent snorkeling. The reef was in the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This place is beautiful. A bay surrounded by high cliffs. Captain Cooks monument. And the reef. Snorkeling here was amazing. The reef the fish the drop off. We enjoyed our day here and would not hesitate to go back.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Kealakekua Bay also viewed

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 
Honaunau, Island of Hawaii
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Kealakekua Bay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Kealakekua Bay and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Kealakekua Bay staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?