Kahaluu Bay
Kahaluu Bay
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Dolphin0831
Westminster, CO241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This is some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island but make sure you know how to get in! There is a sandy path that leads out into the bay but if you try to go over the rocks you will not only get beaten up by the surf but will also damage the delicate ecosystem. Once you are out in the water it is so clear and there are so many fish that it is like snorkeling in an aquarium. We saw countless varieties of fish, turtles, and eels.
Written 3 December 2023
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Jude G
Gibsons, Canada364 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Loved the beach and snorkelling. Easy access for swimming and safe for children. We brought a picnic lunch as no restaurants nearby. Some shade but mostly exposed to full sunshine. Lovely area.
Written 14 November 2023
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Amy B
St. Louis, MO16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We heard a lot of comments that this was the best place for snorkeling near us. We did NOT have a good experience. The water was rough and murky (could just have been the windy weather or the phase of the moon) and the rocks are ALL over the place. They are unexpected, slippery, and so easy to hurt yourself on. We barely saw ANY fish. All four of us had problems with our masks fitting properly, too. We rented them from across the street. We were unhappy with the entire experience.
Written 15 August 2023
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BE Smith
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Very good place to snorkel -- lots of beautiful fish, calm waters. Not much beach. There's a pavilion, toilets, and outside showers. Paid parking lot.
Written 18 February 2023
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Water K
British Columbia, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Bring your water-shoes and your snorkel. Tons of brightly colored fish to see. The rocks can be slippery when entering the water so be careful and take your time. But it's worth it for the great snorkeling.
Written 18 January 2023
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Blueliliac
Canberra, Australia112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One part of the bay is for snorkeling and the adjacent area is for surfing which is very convenient if your group has people who want to do one or the other. Both areas have their own surf life saving towers which is good to know.

We only snorkeled. As others have mentioned, it is tricky to get over the rocks to enter the water. It's one place where tabis would be well worth bringing along. While we didn't see any turtles this time, we did see a range of other fish, octopus and eels. One doesn't have to go far from the beach to have a decent snorkeling experience, although it can get a bit congested at times (flipper in face experience) closer in.

The ReefTech program operates at Kahaluu, providing free mineral-only sunscreen as well as rashies and a few other items for sale.
Written 24 November 2022
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phillip_goddard
Glenbrook, Australia95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Nice typical Hawaii bay, snorkelling area is average there are fish but lots of rocks. Can be hazardous entering the sea. But once in floating across the rocks can see lots of fish. Didn’t see turtles. There is course Rocky sand beach a few tables and toilet so is pleasant.
Written 3 October 2022
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riosmom24
Cerritos, CA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Where do I begin to describe our disappointment. It started with a condescendingly rude employee and continued with shoddy equipment including goggles that lacked defogger making it very difficult to see under water. The Kahaluu Bay was promoted as one of the best areas for snorkeling and turtle watching. It was hazardous getting out to the reef due to the very slick, sharp rocks. We had two serious cuts and several falls and bruises in our group of 18. Which brings me to my disappointment in being charged $20 for a lost snorkel that refused to stay attached to my grandson’s mask after I had spent over $300 for 18 sets of gear. And the final disappointment was no turtles ANYWHERE. Visitors should also be aware there is limited parking, no food, water, rentals of umbrellas or chairs and virtually no shade. I would strongly recommend finding another place to get your equipment near a true snorkeling area.
Written 17 July 2022
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MisterMD
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Lovely spot. Not much of a beach, but pretty good snorkeling. Coral here is very stressed for lots of reasons, not least of which is people standing on it. So please remember: don't stand anywhere while snorkeling unless it is an emergency. Even rocks and sand are an important part of the reef (baby coral grows on rocks, and is so small you can't see it), so float, don't stand. Good place for families, though as mentioned, access is a pretty tricky. A bit tough to access for the elderly.
Written 5 July 2022
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Aimee F
Edwardsville, IL1,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Great snorkeling! It was a little challenging to get in and out of the water with the rocks, but that's pretty much anywhere that we snorkeled on the Big Island. It's still worth it!
Written 3 July 2022
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