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“Kayaking and Snorkeling”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kealakekua Bay

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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
Wilmette, Illinois
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“Kayaking and Snorkeling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Excellent guide very helpful and knowledgeable
Our guide John from Aloha Kayak Rental was enthusiastic.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Amongst the best easy access snorkelling you can do.....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

Walk down cleared track to Captain Cook memorial from Napoopoo Road (just off the Hawaii Belt Rd). Allow 45 minutes for a gentle walk down and 70-80 mins back - don't take young children unless you want to carry them. Wear covered sturdy shoes. The water at the bottom of the walk is crystal clear with unspolit coral life and a diverse array of fish species. Simply amongst the best onshore snorkelling you can do anywhere.
Go early - we got there for 7.30am and it was a privelige to enjoy before the massess of snorkelling tours descend on the area from 9am. Take water and snacks.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank Mark H
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180 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Easy Access, Decent Snorkeling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

A good place to stop but the day we were there there were not a lot of fish. Not comparable to Belize or East Timor.

Visited January 2014
Thank RetiredDude
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Like sticking your head in a crystal clear fish bowl”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We visited the bay via the Fairwind II snorkeling catamaran cruiser on a Wednesday afternoon 2:30-5:00pm. Traveling with three young kids, this was the best way for us to see these waters (versus hiking down to it, or kayaking in the bay). The boat anchored in the bay by the captain cook monument. The water is beautifully clear here all the way to the bottom, the coral is some of the most gorgeous we've seen snorkeling, and many wonderful fish. Very calm waters. We didn't see any dolphins in the bay, but we saw a bunch jumping behind our boat (and riding along the bow wave) as our boat drove along the coast coming back from the bay.

This is a preserved state sanctuary. Just beautiful, and a must see while on the Big Island. Next visit (without the kids), I would love to snorkel at "Two Steps" which is supposedly great snorkeling as well, and just across the bay from the Captain Cook monument.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank hijodi
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vancouver bc
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5 reviews
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“best snorkelling!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

The dolphins are in the bay most days, if you are lucky they will swim by and check you out. Visibility was very good at the Capt. Cook monument side of the bay. There is also some cool snorkelling south of the little park at Manini, including some arches you can go under. Locals told us there is often a big shark hanging around there, he's never bothered swimmers or skin divers. We looked for him but no luck.

The little park has nice secluded areas for picnics and such. We never saw it crowded. The easiest snorkelling entrance is a little sandy channel right at the park entrance, otherwise you have to be very careful of the lava at the waters edge, it's razor sharp and there is usually a light swell. There must be fresh water entering near the sandy channel, the top 12 inches of water can be quite cool near the shore, but swim out a bit and it's warm again. Delightful spot!

Visited November 2013
Thank dcozey
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