We read about this place way before we get to Big Island. Look can be deceptive here. Yes, the beach is small, very rocky and most of the time full with people but wow. Due to the time of the year (October), the water is a bit choppy and getting into the ocean is very intimidating. However, once we got into the water ... wow ... wow... wow.. we was swimming with school of yellow tangs, bunch of moorish idol, manini (convict tang), raccoon butterfly, puffer fishes ... and of course the turtles. What we love here is it is for everyone (kids, parents, grandparents)... everyone can have a glimpse of sea life right by the rock or knee depth of water. We love this place so much that we end up did not go for any snorkeling tour and just come here almost everyday instead. We see and swim with turtles every time we was there. Turtle sometimes takes a break and checks out the tourists when she wasnt busying snacking on the algae. And oh we even see one turtle attack a giant jelly fish (seem unreal ... only on tv i know). Love it.
This place has free parking (so come early), picnic tables, bathrooms, lifeguards, fresh water showers, couple trucks to sell food, gear rentals and also a Reef Teach van. The Reef Teach people seems very knowledgable. After a conversation with them, we now know most of the turtles there are female. We had not seen a male yet. (The difference? A male has long tail).
Dont just drive by this beach without stopping.