Best Kamakahonu Beach Snorkeling

The 10th most popular snorkel dive spot in Big Island.

  Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

  SNORKELINGDIVES.COM™

  March 21, 2019

South of Kona on the Big Island, the snorkeling at Kamakahonu Beach is a popular downtown Kona dive spot. Since it is quite protected, it is good for beginners and families. Initially, it starts with sand flats but you can go out further to see some coral. Also known as King Kam Beach, it is not know for good water clarity or exceptional coral.

To reach the snorkeling on the Big Island by air, you will need to fly into either Kona International Airport (KOA) on the south side of the Big Island and Hilo International Airport (ITO) on the northeast side of the Big Island. From either airport, the best bet is to rent a car since the dive sites are pretty far off the main roads. 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.

The best Big Islands 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, Kamakahonu Beach is the 10th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Big Island. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Kamakahonu Beach including Kealakekua Bay, Kahalu'u Beach Park, Honaunau Bay and Pebbles Beach.


Local Contacts:  Hawaii Visitors (808) 245-3971; Big Island Weather (808) 961-5582.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Pineapple Park Hostel, Kona; Kohanaiki Beach Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  Holualua Inn, Kona; Four Seasons Hualalai Resort

Breakfast Restaurant:  Island Lava Java, Kona

Reference Source:  click here https://hawaiistateparks.org/

GPS:  19.639186, -155.997298

Date Published:  3/21/2019

ID:  25405


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