[Big Island Day 2] Kahaluu Beach Park

We headed south to visit Kahaluu Beach Park in the afternoon after getting some medical supplies. We hoped to snorkel again before the sunset. Clouds were gathering while we passed through downtown Kona.

Kahaluu Beach Park
Kahaluu Beach Park

What We Did

Kahaluu Beach was voted one of the best snorkeling spots on Big Island. Thus, I wanted to have a look myself. I think it is also the only few places to see turtles while snorkeling. There were loads of people on the beach and in the water when we arrived. The beach is not that big, and thus it looked very crowded.

Various sources mentioned that it is usually calm at the beach. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the luck to see the wonderful underwater world. It was cloudy and it rained a bit while we were on the way to the park. The current was getting stronger. Still, we put on our snorkeling gears and tried to go into the water. There wasn’t a safe spot for us to go into the water because of the rocky shore. We were afraid that the strong wave would hit us onto the rocks. We gave up after several attempts. I don’t know how those people managed to go into the water.


It was probably not a good day to snorkel, as two of the three attempts didn’t go well. I think the major mistake here was to not paying attention to the ocean conditions and forecasts. The best time to visit this park is probably the morning. The weather is usually nicer and there aren’t too many people.


Kahaluu Beach Park
786702 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Amenities: washrooms, showers, picnic tables, food

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