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“Best snorkeling! A must do!”
Review of Kealakekua Bay

Kealakekua Bay
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COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch
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Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay
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Dolphin Encounter and Kealakekua Bay Reef Snorkel
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I accessed the bay via one of the touring boats. We moored offshore and snorkeled from there.

The underwater visibility here approaches 200 feet (which is incredible!). There is a coral shelf that extends from the shore for quite a distance, the water getting gradually deeper until it is about 12 feet deep or so and then it suddenly plunges so deep that you cannot see the bottom.

The underwater life is teeming among the coral and you'd think God would run out of colors to decorate with. But not so.

While we were diving I kept hearing a clicking sound andI thought it might have come from one of the tour boats moored offshore, or maybe from one of those coral eating fish. But it turned out to be a pod of over a hundred Spinner Dolphins who were showing off for us out in the bay and were watching the snorkelers from down below. It was an exciting addition to the day.

This was only my second snorkeling experience and it was magnificent!

I paid a fee to get there by boat. But I understand one can hike to this same location without paying a fee.

1  Thank Bobbyodawg
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

The hike down to the bay is pretty easy, the path is not hard to find. It's easy to spot across the street from where all the cars are parked. Yo don't get much of a view until over halfway down. The brush can be pretty thick at times towards the top. At the bottom you can spot the memorial where Captain Cook met his end, and further back the spot he landed. This is where we snorkeled from. There was some decent coral and plenty of fish. The tour boats had all gone by the time we arrived so there were not many people in the water. I don't see any reason to pay someone to take you here by boat. Save the money and hike down. Where some good shoes because hiking on lava rock can be a tad unforgiving after a while. It was a great way to spend a few hours :)

1  Thank VeggieScramble
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We came here on a Fair Winds morning excursion and could not have had a better time. While there will be many other boats here, you never feel crowded. Well worth it!

1  Thank timjstark
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Great time. They serve breakfast and lunch on the trip and supply snorkling gear. All the coral and tropical fish are awesome. Bring sunscreen.

1  Thank Larry A
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We took the 3.5 hr tour with Aloha Kayak. It is a very good tour for families and couples alike. You can only go to the Kealakekua bay with one of the three authorized companies. When we arrived to Aloha Kayak, they fit our snorkel gear, gave us a brief history of the Bay and safety instructions. We drove around 10 minutes to the wharf, where they had the kayaks ready for the adventure. We were a group of 11 people (2 families) and we had two guides. We paddled in the kayaks for around 45 min each way. The scenery is beautiful! (we didn’t see dolphins though)

When we arrived to the bay, our guides gave us snacks and water. They limit the swimming time to one-hour. The bay is very deep, but my little ones kept their swimming vests and were very comfortable. The colorful fishes and the reef are spectacular. So bad I didn’t take pictures. If you go, don’t forget to buy a waterproof camera.

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