Kahalu'u Beach Park

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T L
Daly City, CA13 contributions
Jun 2022
This is by far the best beach we have been for snorkeling! We went there twice. Best time to go is early morning when fishes are more alert and we can see right to bottom of ocean, easy access, and parking is good. Plenty of fishes. Wear water shoes though! There are 2 lifeguards, 2 restrooms, and showers to rinse off. Be prepared to enjoy a fabulous time!
Written June 20, 2022
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flashncrash
Berkeley, CA745 contributions
Nov 2019
We came to Kahala'u Beach and kept coming back. It was close to where we were staying plus since it was warm enough by 8:30am we didn't have any problems grabbing a parking spot in the lot that was closer to the water. There is a covered area with concrete tables/benches as well as restrooms. A volunteer group shows up to promote the marine life and food trucks may be present. The more south section with a mix of sand and small rocks has some trees that provide shade but also, I feel, the less comfortable way to enter the water. The section just north of the covered picnic tables is where it is more comfortable to access the water. After walking on the lava rock you can find a place at the edge of the water to sit and put your fins on before heading out. Some areas have a clear path out from the lava while others you will have to maneuver around the lava. Depending on the tide and surf can determine how easy or difficult it is to enter and exit the water. Once underwater there is plenty of area to explore and follow the variety of sea life including turtles. We have been told that through the years there has been a decline of the numbers of fish which is unfortunate. Kahala'u Beach is not an expansive sandy beach with a gentle slope into the water but it is a sweet spot right off Alii Dr to get some snorkeling in.
Written October 27, 2020
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YukonSarah
Airdrie, Canada241 contributions
Feb 2022
This is great snorkeling for families as it's easy entry and close to shore in a protected bay.

Please use one of the many free sunscreen dispensers at the park as this is true reef safe sunscreen. Because the water is so shallow many people are standing on the coral. Please ensure you don't stand once you're in the bay.

There are bathrooms close by and space for beach towels and an umbrella.
Written March 7, 2022
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Fred L
San Jose, CA1,515 contributions
Jul 2021
While on our vacation in Kona, we met some family friends at Kahalu'u Beach Park. There is a small parking lot which could fill up during busy times. The kids (two 6 year olds and an 8 year old) really enjoyed exploring and seeing fish by the shore and tide pools. A few of the adults in the group went out snorkeling. I did not snorkel but based on the reports they saw lots of fish and some turtles and really enjoyed it. During our stay in Kona we went to Anaehoomalu Bay, Magic Sands and Kua Bay. These were much nicer, less crowded, cleaner beaches with clearer water and soft sand. I would highly recommend these beaches over Kahalu'u Beach. One benefit that this beach has over the other beaches I mentioned is that it is close to a KTA store and not far from Ali’i Drive restaurants.
Written August 14, 2021
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TravellingAussieMum
Melbourne, Australia154 contributions
Jan 2020
Short of time (one day in port on Pride of America) we decided to visit the beach for snorkelling. Hired gear from lovely, enthusiastic volunteers who gave lots of advice about how to enjoy the snorkelling without hurting the fish. As a weak swimmer I appreciated the complementary pool noodle to keep me safe and buoyant in the water!
I'm over fifty and found it a bit difficult getting into water from slippery, rough rocks at shore. From then on, absolutely loved seeing the huge numbers and range of fish. Must have seen twenty five different species at least, including schools of gorgeous yellow tangs, raccoon butterflyfish, and many others.
Good facilities including lifeguard, change rooms and toilet, snorkel rental, food truck.
Because time was tight we took a Lyft from town to beach and back again instead of waiting for the trolley shuttle which was about 1 1/4 hours wait. Very cheap and convenient for our group of three.
Written January 22, 2020
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Kala
California39 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
This is a must do and excellent spot for snorkeling for both beginners and those comfortable with snorkeling. We saw a ton of fish and if lucky you may see octopi and turtles.

So very thankful to ReefTeach volunteers who are in the location for their helpful advice on 1) reef safe sunscreen (most likely your sunscreen is not reef safe—use the sun screen from the dispenser provided); 2) best way to get in and out of the water; 3) how far to go during high/low tide, especially for beginners. You are all amazing and our snorkeling experience was great because of you! Thanks to the lifeguards who were alerting those who went too far or were stepping on corals to back off. It was a great to know that the reefs were being protected especially since they were able to naturally recover from human influences during COVID-19 pandemic.
Written July 3, 2021
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC138 contributions
Jul 2021
We just stopped by, did not go in the water. There were small areas of calm water good for small children or just cooling off. The far left end of the beach where the large shelter is located was packed with people. Further down the beach it was less crowded and it looked like it would be a good place to snorkel. Standing on the wall by the beach we could look down into the water and see all kinds of tropical fish.
Written August 2, 2021
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Jeff C
Sandy, UT274 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife wanted to see sea turtles and she read this was the place to see them. The reviews were correct and we saw one. With that in mind I can share that there are better places to find sea turtles- Kaloko-Honokohau to name one. The selling point for this beach is that it’s within walking distance of hotels and condos along Ali I drive in Kailua. It’s not an overly large beach and we were fortunate to find a parking spot in the parking lot. The beach has some sandy areas interspersed with rocks and almost a tide pool look. It’s very popular with snorkelers and all services are available, including restrooms, food, and rentals (snorkel gear too). However, my opinion is that there are a number of beaches in Kona that outshine this beach.
Written March 4, 2020
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Nancy L
10 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Go there for a snorkeling if you don’t have enough time to visit Captain Cook or 2 step. There is a restroom, lifeguard, covered porch with lots of benches and tables, and outdoor beach shower. Wear water shoes so it’s easier to get in and out of the water. Fishes are right in front of you once you enter the water. There are many kinds of the fishes, yellow tang, butterfly fish, Parrotfish, sea urchins, etc. don’t miss there.
Written May 2, 2022
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Steve98001
Seattle, WA207 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Always a stop when we are in town! With rock wall, a great place for beginners or if you just want to cruise. Plenty to see. Wife also tried out her new SUP here. Plenty of room for her to roam!
Written July 20, 2021
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