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Kahalu'u Beach Park

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Address: Ali'i Drive, Keauhou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96739
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We call it Turtle Beach

This beach park right in town is always our day 1 stop in Kona. It's easy to walk in to snorkel and we get our practice in here. It is usually busy, but we always see fish and it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This beach park right in town is always our day 1 stop in Kona. It's easy to walk in to snorkel and we get our practice in here. It is usually busy, but we always see fish and it is nice to swim in the protected waters. Our daughter loves to play in the shallows. We always see turtles here... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

First off, I highly recommend buying a snorkel set at Alii Gardens Marketplace. There's a shop that sells used snorkeling gear; they also buy back your set once you're finished for 1/2 price. We found this to be an excellent money saver since we only paid $10 for each set and got $5 back when we returned, so basically we... More 

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Westchester County, Ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We saw lots of turtles and beautiful fish. The coral isn't spectacular, but the bay is so shallow that you see all these fabulous creatures up close. You can rent snorkeling equipment right there if you need to. Not a great beach in terms of sand and don't expect to boogie board, but wonderful for snorkeling and easy for beginners... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We happened by here when driving along Alii drive. Definitely a place to take a few hours and snorkel around. We spent money on a great snorkeling tour in Kealakekua Bay and this was a close second to that trip. Lots of fish very close to shore and we even saw a green sea turtle. There really isn't much space... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The beach itself is ok, easy to get to and plenty of parking, but the reason to go to Kahalu'u is for the snorkling! Fish of every colour including the fabulous humuhumunukunukuapua'a - the water is shallow so great for giving your kids their first introduction to snorkelling and there are plenty of turtles to see. There is a sign... More 

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Oddly situated in south Kailua-Kona, this spot has shallow water in a large bay that is calm and easily accessible to even those who want to snorkel in 3' or shallower water. Deepest is maybe 10'-12'. There are lots of tropical fish and some nice corals to see. It is often crowded, but the size of the bay does not... More 

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a great snorkeling spot for folks of all ages and abilities. This was the ONLY place we got our child to snorkel when he was four, and we enjoyed revisiting it nine years later. The area is sheltered from the larger waves, and is fairly shallow. Plus, it's right in town. The volunteer ocean educators who hang out... More 

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

It can be crowded so get there early or come later. Parking is free and there are lots of spots to picnic and showers/heads. Be kind to the turtles please. watch them but don't disturb them. Walk carefully on the rocks. It is all alive you must know. And take your tash with you. Try not to use nasty sun... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This beach is a wonderful sheltered area for snorkelling, with an amazing variety of fish to see. If you are a first time snorkeller then this is the place to go - you don't need to submerge and you hardly even need to fin. If you are lucky you will also see green sea turtles, which just go about their... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Best place to snorkel on the Kailua-Kona side of the island. On our third day of snorkeling we had the honor of swimming with some green sea turtles. Those little yellow tangs kept picking at the flower print of my swim trucks. Great all around experience - a must do.

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