Address: Alii Drive, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona Big Island HI
Hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am to 11:00pm
Directions: Just off south side of Alii Drive towards Keauhou area.
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If snorkeling the Big Island's top spots is something that intrigues you, then look no further than Kahaluu Beach Park in Kailua Kona. What makes this area so attractive is that it seems fairly safe for all those who want to get in the water and explore the beautiful ocean fish without having to go and get certified to dive in the ocean. This black sand beach is attractive to many tourists and visitors but also to a great local crowd. It brings all of us together to enjoy the best beaches of Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. With daily lifeguards always on the watch we know that ocean safety is all about having the best around. Kahaluu Beach Park is also home to some of the finest and most well constructed luxury homes and condos nearby. With these type of forever ocean views it is hard not to want to enjoy an entire day here. Please be sure to come early on weekends as the parking lot fills up fairly quickly.
Some folks refer to this place as a very friendly beach. It has really good swimming and plenty of trees and lava surrounding it for shade. The bay is protected making some of the best memorable shallow snorkeling available on the entire Big Island of Hawaii. The surf break is far enough out to keep the bay fairly gentle with it's light waves where you can just float with your mask and fins to explore the underneath ocean wildlife. This beach is made of coarse pepper and salt sand and there is lots of room for everyone to set up and enjoy. There is also an enclosed pavilion for those seeking an abundance of shade. Some even bring music and play drums on Sundays. A short distance of just 5 miles down Ali'i drive.
Some websites have even referred to this place as a real-life aquarium. That is certainly is. Where else besides at an exhibit can you find this type of place? Not only will you encounter sea creatures and fish, you will literally come face to face with turtles. These gentle ocean swimmers are such and humungous part of the Hawaiian Islands and the Big Island is one of their best places to be. The beach is listed on the National Historic Registry Places. This bay has been populated for well over five hundred years with residence evidences from the 18th and 19th centuries. A true Hawaiian landmark that needs to be preserved just the way that it is. It's natural beauty rivals any other exotic ocean island attraction.
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