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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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Snorkel here first - always

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Mrl84
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When ever friends visit we always recommend Kahala'u for snorkeling. The natural breakwater and abundance of fish in the shallows makes it ideal for keiki and parents alike. It's also a favorite hangout for sea turtles. Sometimes a bit crowded and not the prettiest beach on the island, it's still a must do if like to experience life below the... More 

Thank Richard F
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This a family beach pretty close to town. But don't underestimate the snorkelling experience - I saw more fish here than at Two Steps. The amenities on the beach were great. I arrived on Snorkel Day, when those with challenges are assisted with swimming and snorkelling. I rented good gear from a truck on the beach and the food truck... More 

Thank carmarg
Bakersfield, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great family snorkeling spot... Took my seven-year-old daughter... She really enjoyed it.. she spent hours in the water.. she saw several sea turtles and all kinds of beautiful fish... Get there early because it can be crowded... You can even rent a little Locker to keep all your items safe and secure... Make sure you lock your car doors and... More 

Thank cherihuang
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent picnic area with minor amenities - parking lot small but of street ok- Good experience and fun

Thank Edward Y
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy access off Ali'i road. Parking available, not a surfing beach. Only suitable beach access for swimming in the area, can be choppy. Nice spot to have a picnic. Amenities available. Can be crowded in the middle of the day, best time early mornings.

Thank Tillicans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Within moments of entering the water saw the turtles coming and going and the further out the more wildlife you will see. Parrot fish can get a little snippy so don't hang around their spots to long. Early morning is a great time as the beach is not flooded with families and other swimmers. This is a nature lovers beach,... More 

Thank Ronnie K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This place was nothing short of magical! Keep in mind - it is VERY bad luck to remove sand or rocks, and people have returned to Hawaii for the sole purpose of returning the black sand and rocks. The beach is breathtaking, thought we saw no sea turtles, we did stumble upon the Queens bath, underwater cave. The cool water... More 

Thank Daria V
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Kahalu'u Beach Park is located south of the main Kona town, near Keauhou, and it is a (very) popular spot for visitors to participate in aquatic activities :)) There is a rock reef on the outside of the cove that usually protects it from rough ocean conditions, and the shallow waters are filled with lots of fish for snorkelers to... More 

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