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Best Snorkeling on the Big Island

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Best Snorkeling on the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii has over 266 miles of coastline waiting to be explored snorkeling is one of the “must do’s” on the Big Island. The popular Kona snorkel sites Kahaluu, Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Bay are visited daily by dozens of Hawaii snorkel tours and have become quite crowded.  Unless you are staining in Kailua-Kona or South Kona we recommend the following Big Island snorkel spots  minutes from Kohala Coast resorts & Waikoloa Hotels.

Are looking for the best snorkeling on the Kona-Kohala Coast of the Big Island? The Kohala Coast contains some of the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the Hawaiian islands. Pristine snorkel  sites can be spectacular, with crystal clear waters, lively coral and abundant marine life,  a great setting to make your snorkel dreams come true.   Local knowledge is very useful to locate best access points to ensure good diving and snorkeling from shore.  Kohala Snorkel Tours offer you the easiest access to the best places to snorkel in Kona-Kohala.

Shore Snorkeling on the Kohala Coast & Waikoloa

The region from Waikoloa to Kawaihae is some of the best sheltered coastline on the island.   Below is 3 of the best spots to snorkel on the Big Island from shore. Avoid use of the site if there is substantial surf especially during the winter months.

Holoholokai –

At the north end of the Manua Lani resort just past the gated entry to the Fairmont Orchid is exquisite access to a great shore snorkeling location.  The beautiful grounds of the Mauna Lani resort provide one of the best places to go snorkeling among the resorts of the Kohala Coast. Just offshore in 15-25ft of water snorkelers get to experience an amazing array of marine life, Eels, octopus, sea turtles, manta rays.  For those deep divers consider going a bit further to the second shelf where white tip reef sharks are regularly spotted sleeping in caves.

End of the Road Puakō  –

North of the Mauna Kea Prince Hotel & Hapuna Beach Prince Hotels is quite possibly one of the best dive sites in the Hawaii. A local favorite boasting easy shore access and exceptional snorkeling.  The location paired with crystal clear waters and amazing coral reefs make this a must do for anyone looking to snorkel in Waikoloa or along the Kohala Coast.

Mahukona Harbor

Now if your up for a real snorkel adventure travel north of Kawaihae to exploring the Wreck of the SS Kauai in Mahukona Harbor. The perfect shore snorkel site awaits you. Park on the pier right on the water, and jump into the clear blue waters. Great snorkeling in shallow Shallow waters the wreckage is in 10-25 feet see the aftermath of a sunken ship, the chain & anchor, engine, propeller its all there.  On of a very few sunken ships you can snorkel in Hawaii.

Snorkel Cruises on the Kohala Coast & Waikoloa

If you want to go to the best spots to snorkel on the Big Island boats have the ability to access the best snorkel sites without the hassle of getting in and out of the water along the shoreline. A major advantage of snorkeling in Waikoloa/Kohala Coast vs Kona is the amount of boats is way less providing an intimate wildlife experience.  With access to dozens of pristine snorkel sites your captain will take you to the best place to snorkel for that days conditions.  Boats offer easy water entry for snorkelers of all abilities via ladders our jump on in off the bow.  Also a crew member will join you in the water during your snorkel to assist you with any gear adjustments and identify marine life.  Big Island snorkeling from shore is great but snorkeling from a boat on the Big Island is stunning.

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Kohala Tours Dolphin Snorkel Tours

In addition to viewing a wide array of marine life while our on a Kohala Tours Snorkel Cruise chances are very likely we will encounter our resident spinner dolphins showing off their acrobatic displays. The “LavaKai II” provides a thrilling ride with unobstructed views a full marine restroom and comfortable seating. Departing from Kawaihae Harbor South were in the middle of the Marine Sanctuary where better to begin you day on the water discovering the Best snorkeling on the Big Island.