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Kahalu'u Beach Park

Address: Ali'i Drive, Keauhou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96739
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Ranked #6 of 9 Attractions in Keauhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks

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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This beach is very close to Kona. Part of the beach is for beginning surfing lessons, and part is for snorkeling. There are quite a number of tide pools where you can turtles. It is awesome for snorkeling. Quite shallow. Do wear your water shoes. The rocks are quite slippery, so be careful. There are lots of fishes, even in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

So we took the our 7 year old to this easy entry beach. There literally are fish are your feet as you walk in. A nature conservancy group sets up a van with literature, so there is a great opportunity to teach your kids about preserving the reef and all the little critters you will see here. We saw all... More 

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Nanaimo, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you are looking for a safe place to snorkel and see schools of tropical fish, this is the place. Entry into the water is relatively easy, unless it gets windy. There are schools of Yellow Tangs and all their buddies within a short distance of the shore.

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Philadelphia PA
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We have snorkelrd extensively and by far this is the best. I felt like I was in an aquarium. We purposely stayed at the Kona Sea Spray, a ten unit inn that is across the street just so we could be close to this beach for the great snorkeling. There is plenty of shade, life guards, showers, toilets and a... More 

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Campbell Ri
15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Kahalu'u Beach Park is a very busy and popular snorkeling spot. Get there early to find a parking spot. The beach area is quite small and access to the water can be a bit tricky when crossing the lava in bare feet. There are many tropical fish and the clarity of the water is excellent. Too many people have touched... More 

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Olympia, Washington
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Easier entry than most, fresh water -cold- to wash self and equipment, restrooms, many fish all sizes and colors.

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Calgary, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach is fabulous. Easy enough access and clear, protected waters. The best snorkeling is about 100 feet from the beach. We saw lots of turtles prior to getting to the area that had the most coral. We snorkeled here 2 days of our 14 day trip to the Big Island and saw turtles both days. Tons... More 

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Easton, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Great snorkeling!! Tons of fish, saw a turtle, and it's free!!! Bathrooms, showers, and food. Lifeguard on duty and the water is warm. Great for kids, adults, or seniors. Must visit!!!

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Loma Linda, California
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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This is a great place for snorkelers who are just starting off. Immediately you can start seeing fish when you 1st jump in. Relatively shallow ~3-5 feet and you can already see so much. Watch out for strong currents in winter as you swim out further. It can take you north pretty quickly and you'll have the lifeguard yelling at... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Everything combines to make this an excellent snorkeling location for beginners: parking next to the beach, shallow water entry, rentals nearby, a breakwater to moderate the waves, multiple and ubiquitous colorful fish, and several local green turtles casually swimming about. There is also a food truck, restrooms, and a covered picnic area. On the other hand, this isn't a great... More 

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