Captain Cook Monument

Kona Big Island Snorkeling Spots

Kona, Big Island Snorkeling Spots

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.

  • Kealakekua Bay From Maninis

    Kealakekua Bay

    Kealakekua Bay is a sacred and beautiful place. We are privileged to enjoy it and share it with others. This sweet pocket of historical importance, unmatched snorkeling, and onshore adventure is the most protected deep water bay in all of Hawaii. More >
  • Laaloa Beach Bay

    La’aloa Bay Beach

    La'aloa means 'very sacred' in Hawaiian. Often called White Sands, Magic Sands, or Disappearing Sands, this small, fun beach on the main drag in Kona is one of our favorites. So-named for the fact that the beach's sand comes and goes seemingly overnight when big storms come, when the sand is in, it is a great place to relax and play in the shore break. More >
  • Kahaluu Bay, Kona Snorkeling in Ocean

    Kahalu’u Beach Park

    You may have already visited Kahalu'u Bay in Kona near mile marker 5 on Alii Drive. But you might not know that it is one of Kona's premier beach parks. Originally the spot of several... More >

Captain Cook Discovers Hawaii

Captain James Cook and his ships, the Resolution and Discovery, entered the sheltered waters of Kealakekua Bay (Path of the Gods) on the morning of Jan 17, 1779. Unbeknownst to him, Cook had entered the... More >