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“Underwater paradise! ”
Review of Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We've been to the Big Island a few times but have somehow missed his gem up until now. It was quite busy when we arrived but somehow still seemed very peaceful. It's extremely peaceful in the water too as long as you keep away front the '2 step' entry/exit point - then you might get a flipper to the face!
We didn't see any dolphins or turtles this time but it was an amazing experience nonetheless. We need get to see an eel, a big variety of fish and some gorgeous coral.
Getting into the water via the 2 steps is a piece of cake but exiting is a bit daunting if you're a wimp like me! I survived though so anyone can do it!
I would definitely recommend this spot but remember to be respectful and look after this beautiful place.

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Reviewed October 12, 2013

My husband really enjoyed snorkeling here while I relaxed at the beach. He captured some sea sea urchins and honu along with the fishes in his underwater camera. Even if you don't get in the water, you can see beautiful fishes near the rocks. We also saw some honu(Hawaiian green sea turtle) here, relaxing near the rocks. We saw some little kids also snorkeling here, so looks like a great beginner snorkel site.

1  Thank CalGirl84
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Large area to move about and around the coral made this a top day for us on our recent trip to the islands. Water is deeper than some of the more popular spots closer to the crowds around Kailua-Kona allowing us to enjoy some semi-solitary time snorkeling and the fish were plentiful. Entry may be a bit daunting for a first time snorkeler but was relatively easy from the "Two Step" entryway.

My first review (which I had removed) told of our experience when we moved out and floated over the much deeper 50-60 foot area. We had the chance to watch a pod of five dolphins slowly circle up from the depths and break the surface for air literally within 20 feet of us. Although we did not pursue or attempt to interfere with them in any way, I now have come to realize that was a mistake and that we should have refrained from entering the deeper pool when they were present. The dolphins were there to rest for the day and while we may not have provided any direct interference, it could possibly been stressful to have snorkelers in the immediate area. A more prudent decision would have been to hang back (as per state law) in the 10-15 foot depth and observed them from there.

Please be good stewards of the wildlife and not make the same mistake we did. Thank you.

4  Thank steelpens09
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I've snorkeled all over the islands and especially all over the Big Island and this remains my favorite. It's a lava rock outcrop over a shallow bay of 15 to 30 feet with lots of undamaged coral. The fish are abundant and diverse and spinner dolphins come in every few days in the deeper water. Don't chase them but float over the 60 foot water and they will come up within ten feet of you. Just look, don't pursue. They are protected and deserve a chance to rest. They are amazing to see up close. The rugged coast of the bay makes entry dangerous except for a single spot called two-step where you can easily climb down into the water without being knocked down by waves or stumbling over rough lava rock. We love sitting under the big trees in beach chairs, eating a lunch, drinking cold green tea and watching the sea turtles that sometimes come into the shallow tide pools. Walk the tide pools and stand still. You will see baby snowflake eels and lots of other baby fish. And keep an eye on the deeper water in winter and humpback whales frequently pass by and spout or give a fluke down dive. There are portable toilets that are generally fairly clean and parking is limited, but a local church will let you park for $3. We also park at the National Park nearby using our Annual Pass and walk in. Timing must be lucky to get a parking spot right by the two-step area where people sun bathe and enjoy the snorkeling. Divers also put in here because you can park and simply walk into the water with full gear.

2  Thank tembo45
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

The best snorkel experience we had while visiting. Go early morning to view spinner dolphins at the two steps....

1  Thank Mirko D
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