Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay, Kailua Kona, Hawaii USA

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
Kailua Kona is located in the North Kona District, Hawaii. It is a lively seaside town with sunny tropical weather all year long and lies at the bottom of the Hualalai Volcano.

The town hosts many interesting historical sites and is famous for its Kona Coffee cultivation and the crystal clear sea. Kona International Airport is located at fifteen minutes in the south of the main town. Along the sea side, there are shops to buy, rent or repair snorkeling gear.

Kealakekua Bay is an underwater state park and marine sanctuary and is considered to be the best snorkeling destination in Hawaii. It is a protected cove surrounded by volcanic rocks and crystal clear water with amazing visibility, as well as Captains Cook Monument.

Suitable for all snorkelers, the bay is home to unique tropical fish and colorful corals, turtles and dolphins. The best way to access the bay is by boat where you can charter from Honokahau Marina. Snorkelers should be careful not to step on corals because they are very delicate and easy to brake.