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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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One of the easiest beaches on the Big Island to Snorkel with free, easy parking. Lots of fish but lots of people so take your time getting in and out of the water to avoid... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sausalito, California
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Sausalito, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the easiest beaches on the Big Island to Snorkel with free, easy parking. Lots of fish but lots of people so take your time getting in and out of the water to avoid getting bumped and bumping others. Best snorkeling area is left side of the beach where the lifeguards are

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a short drive from the King Kamehameha hotel on Ali'i Drive, Kahalu'u Beach offers a decent size parking lot, bathrooms, a food truck and a place where you can rent snorkel and beach gear. The sand is a bit gritty and the beach is small. Consequently, it can get a little crowded. Same thing for the water where snorkelers... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We went snorkeling looking for turtles...we did not see any turtles but saw the most fish we had ever seen even though there were a lot of people there.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Sea life here was sparse compared to what we saw in Honaunau Bay. Surge and subsequent silty conditions.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

This little beach is great! There's an amazing area for snorkeling. So many colorful fish and turtles!! They also have a snack shack and snorkel rental/shop area. I saw the snorkel rental giving out snorkeling tips/instructions. Also lots of picnic benches. It opens at 6am, which is the best time for snorkeling in my opinion. Try to get there before... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I took my 6 year old for her first snorkeling and this was the place to go. Lots to see, calm water, and tons of marine life. Would go here again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

You will see all sorts of fish, colorful coral, and sea turtles. However, it is extremely crowded. I highly suggest going early in the morning for a more personal experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Popular venue for locals and tourists alike due to its beautiful underwater snorkeling experience. Serene when you're watching the abundance marine life. Treat it with respect. Come early due to high volume of traffic due to popularity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

Great local spot close to town - excellent snorkeling - bathrooms/food truck/showers. Where water shoes if not flippers. Park on road if unable to get spot in lot. Easier entry to water on far right of wall where there is a break. Some historical info there also.

Thank travelfreakNewJersey
Volcano, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016

My 11-year old grandson and I went snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach Park very early in the morning. The water was crystal clear and the fish was so plentiful. I wish that I had purchased a fish identification card so that we could have checked off the fish we saw. We saw yellow tang, Moorish idol, Manini or convict fish, weke... More 

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