The Big Island and Kona are fantastic for snorkeling and diving!
The Big Island’s Kona (leeward) side has been blessed with unbelievably clear, warm ocean waters. On this side of the Big Island there are no permanent rivers. And, we don’t have that much dirt or mud. Add that to typically calm seas and you get underwater snorkeling visibility of 50 feet or more in most places.
Kona snorkeling offers dozens of truly great spots to see hundreds of species of fish–from small yellow tangs and rock sitters to larger parrot fish, peacock groupers, and jacks. You may even see manta rays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, and moray eels.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to snorkel, or enjoyed it before, Kona on the Big Island is the place to dive in. Here are a few of our favorite snorkeling spots with a variety of fish and difficulty levels.