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Kona Snorkeling Spots Guide

When it comes to selection the Big Island has so much coastline it’s absolutely overabundant with places to dive and snorkel. Fortunately many places can only be reached by boat so this somewhat limits our options. This is a good thing because there’s still too many Big Island snorkeling spots! Let’s say you’re already in Kona so let’s take advantage of that and go somewhere nearby. Not all snorkeling spots are created equal. These Kona snorkeling spots have their plusses and minuses. Here we go through them all so you can pick the best one for you. We define Kona snorkeling spots as those beaches and coastline within 20 – 25 minute drive of downtown Kona between Four Seasons to the north and Keahou Bay to the south.

 

Kona Snorkeling Spots (From North to South)

  • Four Seasons Hualalai
  • Kukio
  • Kua Bay
  • Makalawena Beach
  • Mahaiula Bay
  • Kekaha Kai Beach
  • Blue Canyon
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Park
  • Suck E’m Up
  • Fishbowl
  • Pawai Arches
  • Old Kona Airport
  • Kailua Bay
  • Mile Marker 4
  • Kahalu’u Beach
  • Keahou Bay
  • End of The World

 

Keep in mind there are lots or places in-between these sites that are difficult to access, don’t have good snorkeling, or are only accessible by boat so this is not a list of every spot along the Kona coast. It is simply a list of some of the more frequented and easier to get to Kona snorkeling spots. Mostly they will not require you to have to crawl in and out of the lava which can be dangerous in high surf conditions. Before you go make sure you have the right snorkeling gear and are abiding by local rules and regulations.

 

 

Four Seasons Hualalai

 

 

 

Kukio

Kua Bay

Makalawena Beach

Mahaiula Bay

 

Kekaha Kai Beach

One of our favorite beaches on the Big Island Kekaha Kai State park is not well known and thus is often wide open. While we wouldn’t usually recommend this beach for snorkeling the snorkeling is decent. Many people will stop short and hike to Mahaiula but we keep going to Kekaha Kai because the beach has nice shade trees and an easy in/out spot that is somewhat protected from swell. The snorkeling is usually lower visibility and the wind can pick up a bit here because of it’s location near the saddle. There’s not a low of coral but the few corals there are can be nice. There is an abundance of some kinds of fish here hiding ab=moung all of the pahoehoe lava formations.

 

Blue Canyon

Suck E’m up

 

 

 

Kaloko-Honokohau National Park

Fishbowl

Pawai Arches

Old Kona Airport

Kailua Bay

Mile Marker 4

Kahalu’u Beach

Keahou Bay

End of The World

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