Best Kapiolani Park Beach Snorkeling

The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Oahu.


  April 30, 2018

South of Waikiki near Diamond Head on Oahu, the snorkeling at Kapiolani Park Beach is known for the easy access reef off the Waikiki Aquarium. This snorkeling dive site is part of the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District. The water visibility is average at best, and poor if windy. While snorkeling at Kapiolani Bath, you may encounter moorish idols, angelfish, wrasse and parrotfish.

For the best snorkeling at Kapiolani Park Beach, try for a windless day with low surf and no rain on the days prior.

For snorkeling at Kapiolani Park Beach, there is street parking on Kalakawa Avenue.

After a long day of Kapiolani snorkeling, grab a cool drink at the La Mariana Tiki Bar in Waikiki. To reach the best snorkeling on Oahu by air, you will need to fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) which is located just on the west side of Honolulu. There are direct flights into Honolulu from the US, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tahiti, Japan and Fiji. In addition, there are inter-island flights to all the main Hawaiian Islands. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs. There is good snorkeling on Oahu year-round. But, the conditions very around the island depending upon time of year due to winds and currents. The north shore snorkeling dives are best from June through September and are usually closed out the rest of the year due to high surf. The south shore dive sites are best from November through May. The main exception is Hanauma Bay, which tends to be good year-round since it is very protected.

Overall, Kapiolani Park Beach is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 23 snorkeling dives in Oahu. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Kapiolani Park Beach including Hanauma Bay, Kaalawai Beach, Kewalo Basin and Queens Beach.

Local Contacts:  Hawaii Visitors (808) 245-3971; Waikiki Diving Center (808) 922-2121.

Best Season:  Mar - Sep

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Sand Island State Campground; Beachside Hostel, Waikiki; Manoa Valley Inn, Waikiki

Luxury Loding:  Westin Moana Surfrider, Waikiki

Breakfast Restaurant:  Barefoot Beach Cafe

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  21.26572, -157.822895

Date Published:  12/27/2011

Date Updated:  4/30/2018

ID:  23012

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