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“Interesting place”
Review of Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Honaunau
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2017

The sacred land is a safe zone place where people used as shelter. A lot of history in the place with beautiful nature and scenery.

Thank Diana A
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"two step"
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"national park"
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"boat ramp"
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"lava rock"
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"sea urchins"
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"the big island"
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"entry point"
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"great snorkeling"
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"tide pools"
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"yellow tangs"
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"porta potties"
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"best snorkeling on the island"
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"deeper water"
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"easy entry"
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Reviewed July 25, 2017

We visited multiple snorkel spots during our stay on Hawaii. Two Step [Honaunau Bay] is definitely the best! What to expect - sandy beach - NO. Lava shelf - YES. Crystal clear water with plenty of aquatic life - DEFINITELY!

If you like to snorkel off a sandy beach, then Two Step will not be for you. From the road, there is a ‘lava shelf’ which extends to the waters edge. Then two [bigs] steps down [hence the name] into the water, and you are in a snorkeler’s paradise. The lava area is wide and level enough in spots that you can lay out a towel or beach cloth for your stuff. One good thing about exiting the water on lava is that your feet don’t get covered with sand.

Other tips:
1] Two Step is located right next to the Place of Refuge National Park. In fact, if you want to see both, you can park your car [more] safely at the Place of Refuge and then walk to Two Step. You will need to pay the Park entrance fee before you can park. But if you are going to visit the park anyway [recommended], it won’t cost any extra.

2] Bring own water in gallon jugs to rinse off the salt water. No facilities [except port-o-potty] at Two Step. You are also NOT allow to rinse off in park bathrooms. However if you follow the service road at the top left of the Place of Refuge parking lot, there are plenty of places to park near the picnic areas and discretely rinse off next to your car.

3] Snorkeling in the Place of Refuge waters is illegal whether you enter from within Place of Refuge or swim over from Two Step.

2  Thank mbotos
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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

The snorkeling was great and the location was easy to get to. Ensure you have water shoes and snorkels for everyone. I could have stayed for hours. Bringing chairs to sit in would be best as the beach is rocky.

Thank Tonya W
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Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

Arrive earlier in the day to get parking as there isn't much here. Schools of tangs just when you enter the water. Loads of coral formations (unfortunately many in bad shape) but many different kinds of fish. It's large enough that it doesn't feel crowded despite all the people trying to get in the water at Two Step. We snorkeled with our eight year old boys who can swim but aren't expert. Had them on kickboards with their own fins and it was fine.

Don't expect much of a beach here at all. The point is what's in the water. Much more enjoyable than Kahaluu. Probably one of the top five places I've snorkeled. Am trying to come back again during this trip.

Thank kns_6
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Reviewed July 5, 2017

We went here on two days, and saw different fish and animals each day. There was a wide variety of colourful fish, and we saw turtles on the first day, both in the shallow and the deeper water. We also saw a moray and sea snakes which were fascinating and frightening. On the second day spinner dolphins came quite close to us on the deep side of the bay. Because of the natural "two steps" in the middle of the bay it was easy to get in and out of the water but shoes or flippers are essential because of the sea urchins and rough lava in the area.

Thank lalibellulebleu
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