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Honaunau Bay

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Bay with nature good for snorkeling and history learning

This bay is on lava rock in north kona with clear water and hiding from wind and tides , so it's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bangkok, Thailand
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This bay is noted for it's easy entry on the rock ledges at the shore ( Hence the name "two-step... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This bay is on lava rock in north kona with clear water and hiding from wind and tides , so it's one of best places for snorkeling in big island. Even more like Pu'uhounau o honaunau , it's place that acient Hawaiians believe in spiritual...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This bay is noted for it's easy entry on the rock ledges at the shore ( Hence the name "two-step) Water is pretty clear & the bay is very large , so there is a very large area for swimming & exploring. Quite busy but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bqgore
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Nice place to have a look in the local history & culture . original wood carving incl. the original tool from year back.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank edwin1965
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We did a three island stops trip to Hawaii and this was the best snorkeling on all three! The best part is you don't have to go out on a boat or pay for a tour. You need to wear water shoes since the story...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LuvVacations4Me
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

First began walking through the city of refuge (and parked there as well) before then walking around to the bay with our snorkeling gear. Wear flip flops walking out there because you have to walk over some lava rock which can be hot. Once in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Known as "2-Step", this snorkel spot is excellent. Easy in and out...great for beginners...you literally step down 2 steps on the lava rock into the snorkel spot....or you can enter the water at a small beach nearby. If you have a National Park Pass, park...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank EscoDave
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We did not go there for snorkeling, just something fun to do. We listened to the ranger give her talk, very interesting and walked around the very well preserved grounds. Not breath taking but fun, something interesting to do. Golden pass works there.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank dave4q
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The guide books list Honaunau Bay, next to the Place of Refuge, as a “beach” but FYI it’s a lava flow right up to the water - hard to walk on and uncomfortable to sit/lay on. I saw 2 people fall. The snorkeling is fine,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Manarola3
Reviewed 22 September 2018

We have been coming to the Big Island many times and we love to snorkel here. While it's always been one of my "go to" places for great snorkeling, this visit wasn't the best we have had. The visability was only about 25 feet where...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 21 September 2018

I'd recommend you go to the Place of Refuge first to walk around. The respect the locals have for this site is amazing. The views are gorgeous and you can see fish and turtles from the shore. Two Step is just a short walk away....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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24 July 2016|
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Response from Donna M | Reviewed this property |
I have lived 3 miles away for over 3 years and I go for a snorkel almost every day. The ocean can get angry any time of year but November is not yet winter and should be fine. I have never found the need to wear a wetsuit... More
8 February 2015|
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Response from Donna M | Reviewed this property |
No vendors at Honaunau Bay for anything except directions to an ice vendor.
8 February 2015|
Response from Daniel K | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of- best pick up your gear in Kailua-Kona