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Kahaluu Beach

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Address: Alii Drive, Keauhou, Island of Hawaii, HI 96739
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Popular Hawaii beach for snorkeling.

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Swim with sea turtles in Kona

This is a small beach that often gets over looked. If you want to swim with sea turtles at no cost and just walking in from the shore, go to Kahaluu Beach. It is off of Alii... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michael S
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small beach that often gets over looked. If you want to swim with sea turtles at no cost and just walking in from the shore, go to Kahaluu Beach. It is off of Alii Drive and a couple of miles up the road from downtown Kona. We have been to the island three different years-time of year,... More 

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Pasadena, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beach is okay, but the snorkeling is amazing. You can rent gear right there if you didn't bring any. The beach is well protected from the larger waves. Lots of coral and rock that attract all types of tropical wildlife. The beach is mostly under 10-15 feet in depth, lots of water under 5 feet. The water is pretty clear... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I like this beach, but it is crowded. The snorkeling is okay and good for beginners. There are often turtles here. The coral has been loved to death but there is a fair amount of fish to be seen. Plenty of parking.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for somewhere to snorkel, I'd recommend you look elsewhere. A number of factors make this a less than ideal spot: it's very rocky, making getting in and out of the water tricky. The current is also very strong. There's also not a huge amount of marine life. The beach itself is small and gets crowded. The parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good free spot for some decent snorkeling would recommend going early before the crowds. Parking is a bit limited.

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Greater Cincinnati
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Great place to visit! Sea Turtles napping on the beach, beautiful black sand, decent accommodations, and (best of all) free! Right off the main highway from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Well worth a detour.

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Sausalito, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Great snorkeling anytime. Even in wintertime ...as always in Hawaii check tide report ahead of time and check currents before entering water. Lots of fish here to see and turtles. Also lots of people entering and exiting water so take your time getting in and out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Love this snorkeling beach! Wear water shoes or scuba shoes for much easier access over the lava rocks as you enter the water. Learned yesterday that you want to keep your distance from nesting hamu hamu fish...apparently they bite. Two people next to us had nasty looking bites. Respect the parenting fish and keep your distance. We've been snorkeling here... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I came here to do some snorkelling. This is a state park so it is free. Parking can be limited at times but we got there at around 11am and there were quite a few parking spots. The sand on the beach is not your powder sand but there are a lot of marine life to look... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This beach definitely has a great location in Kona. There is a covered pavilion with lots of picnic tables. Parking seems adequate. We rented snorkel gear for the week from a truck parked on the grounds. Definitely wouldn't suggest that- ill fitting masks and there are better prices elsewhere. There were food trucks parked there also for snack options. The... More 

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