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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, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors

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Brisbane
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

My family and I visited this park twice while staying in Kona. We rented snorkeling gear from our hotel or you can rent from a vendor at the park ($13.50 USD for the day). As others have posted, it can be tricky to get in and out of the water but the park makes up for this with the great... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Park has improved immensely since our last visit 8 years ago. Reef Watchers volunteer to educate visitors on the coral reef and turtles that live there. We saw many sea turtles while snorkeling, not to mention all the colorful fish. There is even a food vendor for the after swim snacker. Get there early as the parking lot fills quickly,... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Bring watershoes!!! I had a terrible time getting in and out of the water due to the lava rock surrounding the entrance. But once I made it in, the water was calm and had plenty to see. The beach is fairly small, but wasn't too crowded when I went. There is a food truck and chair/snorkel rentals. Parking is limited... More 

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Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is very much a mixed review. My husband and I went to this beach to snorkel because of the excellent reviews. We agree that the fish and turtles we saw while snorkeling were great. But, the entry into the water was very rocky and so shallow that it was almost impossible to swim over the rocky bottom. While trying... More 

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Kent, WA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great first snorkel and playplace for kids to learn, see and respect the reef. Parents, please model respect for the reef. Mahalo!

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had a great time seeing all the fish and 1 turtle and we appreciated the sheltered bay as the water was rough farther out. We got a super rental deal of snorkel equipment at Snorkel Bob's and were even able to get a mask that had near sighted lens correction (-1 to -10). The -3 was too strong but... More 

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Mayville, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This beach although not nice sand, is fantastic. The best snorkeling spot and they rent snorkels and fins. Even snorkels with magnification for eyeglass wearers. There are baths, food truck and some shade. The snorkeling is just phenominal with loads of fish and turtles!

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Ridgewood, NJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We don't understand how anyone calls this a beautiful beach, maybe because we are used to white-sand beaches. This is a rocky beach, but excellent for snorkeling. You easily walk out into the water, and find the fish. We saw two sea turtles and sea urchins as well as fish. There is a food truck for when you get hungry,... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you're looking for a snorkeling spot with easy entry and lots of turtles and fish, Kahalu'u Beach is a great choice. Our kids easily explored the entire swim area, which is protected by an outer reef. Our groups saw too many turtles to count. Big variety of fish including eels, needlefish, and goat fish. Not far from central Kona.... More 

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bellingham
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22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Beautiful beach, easy parking. We arrived early (9:30) and found a good spot with shade. There were others that arrived after who had no shade but we found that people were coming and going all morning. It gets a bit crowded. It was a nice beach for the kids (3,7,10) to snorkel and play in the water. There are lots... More 

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