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Honaunau Bay

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Great snorkeling with a tricky entrance/exit

There is tons to see in Honaunau Bay (Two Step). We didn't get lucky enough to glimpse any dolphins... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sacramento, California
Fantastic Snorkling & City of Refuge is worth seeing.

One of our favorite snorkle locations is Honaunau Bay or "Two Step". We usually go here 2 or 3... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Laguna Hills, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is tons to see in Honaunau Bay (Two Step). We didn't get lucky enough to glimpse any dolphins or sea turtles while there, but there is a huge variety of other colorful marine life. The spot is popular, and getting a parking space can...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mtk07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure why the reviews are so high- I must have come on the wrong day. Parking is not convenient, there is no sand to lay out... port-o-potties are not bathrooms, though next door at the National Park there are nice facilities but no snorkeling....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank prpltry
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of our favorite snorkle locations is Honaunau Bay or "Two Step". We usually go here 2 or 3 times when we vacation on the Big Island. There are litterally two steps that make entering and exiting the water fairly easy. There is a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SeHogg
Reviewed 12 January 2019

You cant ask for anything more.....dolphins while snorkeling. We visited twice. Once on a snorkel tour and once on our own. This is a must for underwater sightseeing. It can be busy. We went on our late in the afternoon and the crowd was low.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank daqattaq
Reviewed 6 January 2019

This was the best snorkel spot we found on the big island. Very busy getting into the water, just have to wait your turn but easy to get in as you can sit. Once in the water it really doesn't seem that busy. Crystal clear...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jlharp
Reviewed 4 January 2019 via mobile

We knew we were somewhere with excellent snorkeling when we walked to the beach and saw 3 snorkel boats just off shore. There is a small calm beach and a volcanic rock area to snorkel from. There is parking ($5) close to snorkeling if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bjjmengland
Reviewed 1 January 2019

We spent hours longer than expected because a large pod of dolphins (30+) were also spending the day in the bay. We swam with them, watched them breach and play for hours. There were mature ones as well as small juveniles. Snorkelling was excellent and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank factorfiction
Reviewed 30 December 2018

This was our third snorkeling attempt. 49 beach was pretty but do not plan to snorkel at high tide. You have to go early to get a parking pass. Two Step was perfect. Grandma was initially intimidated by the Two Step entry but should not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 464annh
Reviewed 21 December 2018

Honaunau Bay is home to one of the Big Island's most famous shore dives, Two Step. The name refers to the entry point, which is made up of a lava formation that forms two large steps (a great entry point for snorkelers too). We had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Justine S
Reviewed 2 December 2018 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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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