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“Snorkeling with the turtles”
Review of Kahaluu Beach

Kahaluu Beach
Ranked #6 of 10 things to do in Keauhou
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Popular Hawaii beach for snorkeling.
Reviewed November 10, 2012

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.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Easy parking, wade into the ocean, and there are the fish in relatively shallow water. Good for kids, parents, and grandparents. Also, swimmers, and stand up paddle boards. Rentals nearby.

Thank KonaJan
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Wow, why pay for a snorkeling trip when you can just walk right into an excellent snorkeling beach?! Yes, it is rocky, but that's what attracts the green sea turtles as they like to feed on the algae growing on them. We saw 1-3 turtles there each day we visited and lots of fish. This bay is protected by a rocky area (see photo) which seems to make it a calm area for snorkeling. At low tide, you can stand in most of the bay area, but do be mindful of the coral. You don't need to go out far at all to see fish. The turtles are usually at the rocks closest to the shore in ankle to knee deep water. A friend who was hesitant about being too close to the fish actually snorkeled in waist deep water and saw lots of fish including the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, yellow tang, moorish idol to name a few. You can rent snorkeling gear from a van there at the beach. There are also volunteers from Reef Teach that help you identify the fish and coral and are very familiar with the bay. The lifeguards are wonderful, too. They let you know when there are turtles in the bay and they are very informative for the snorkelers and often make announcements about where you should be when they see the tide rising, etc. It also seemed relatively safe as a place to stash your stuff while snorkeling. I would suggest putting your stuff down where there are other tourists by the tree closest to the Outrigger Keauhou path. The tourists usually seem to keep an eye on eachother's items. Locals usually hang out in the pavilion area. Do be mindful of locals that hang out where the tourists are sitting on the beach. One day, we did keep our eye on a guy who seemed to be lurking, but eventually left. We suggest starting a conversation with other tourists and then you have some "friends" to keep an eye on your things. Be sure to wear water shoes or fins to keep from scraping your feet on the lava rocks. There's a nice sandy path near the lifeguard tower to make it easy to get in. Just watch the others or ask the lifeguards about it. The rocks are very slippery because of the algae. Again, this is an awesome place to snorkel!!!

Thank VAtravellerTofu
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I can't imagine snorkeling here - others say it's great but the beach is so rocky, I'm intimidated! But it is beautiful with the black sand. Gorgeous green sea turtles like to lounge here - take your photos from a distance, please! A wonderful stop if you're driving in this area.

Thank travelgirl93
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

This beach is rocky but the snorkeling is just awesome. Just please be aware of the green sea turtles, state law says you must not touch these turtles or you will be fined, so keep your distance possibly now 20 feet. Lifeguards on duty and educational center on site.

Thank WaSunlover
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