Kahalu'u Beach Park Snorkeling
The 5th most popular snorkel dive spot in Big Island.
Wednesday 19 October 2016 06:22 GMT
South of Kona on the Big Island, the snorkeling at Kahalu’u Beach Park is popular for beginners due to its usually calm surf. Kahaluu Bay has a shallow sheltered cove created by a submerged rock wall offshore. The deepest part of the cove is less than 10 feet deep. Inside the cove, snorkelers will encounter a surprising abundance of marine life. When snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach Park, you may spot parrotfish, damsel fish, tang, butterfly fish, trigger fish, moray eels, squirrelfish, goat fish, and the occasional sea turtles among the healthy coral heads.
The Kahaluu Beach Park is located on Ali Drive in Kahaluu-Keauhuu. It is about 14 miles from the Kona International Airport (KOA), which is on the south side of the Big Island. The best bet is to rent a car since the dive sites are pretty far off the main roads. To reach Kahalu’u Beach Park snorkeling from Kona airport, head south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Turn right on La’aloa Avenue for about a mile. Turn left on Ali’i Drive into Kahalu’u Beach Park. It is a 30 minute drive from the Kona airport.
The best Big Island snorkeling dive sites are spread around the island. The conditions at each dive site vary throughout the year depending upon winds and currents. Since many of the Big Island snorkeling destinations are open water and unprotected, make sure to check the current surf reports before heading to any of these dive sites. Luckily, there are excellent up-to-date surf reports that can provide guidance on these adverse conditions. With the usually rolling surf, it is strongly discouraged to use open-tube snorkels which are common at snorkel rental locations -- only use snorkels with a dry-top splash-guard and a sump purge-valve in the mouth piece.
Overall, Kahalu'u Beach Park is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Big Island. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Kahalu'u Beach Park including Honaunau Bay and Kealakekua Bay.