Pebbles Beach Snorkeling
The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Big Island.
Thursday 21 March 2019 07:03 GMT
South of Kona and Honaunau Bay, the snorkeling at Pebbles Beach offers some excellent diving for strong snorkelers. Offshore of this black lava pebble beach, the waters are known for a treacherous shorebreak and strong currents, so only head out on very calm, windless days and if you are a strong swimmer. You'll need to be able to swim out past the first couple breakers to reach the calmer water where you may see eels and resting spinner dolphins.
To reach Pebble Beach from Kona, head south on SR11 for about 30 minutes. The beach is located between Milemarker 96 and 97 inside the Kona Paradise development. There is a small parking area. The road from SR11 down to the parking area descends 1,000 feet on a rough road best suited for 4WD vehicles.
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, Pebbles Beach is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 10 snorkeling dives in Big Island. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Pebbles Beach including Kealakekua Bay, Kahalu'u Beach Park, Honaunau Bay and Kamakahonu Beach.