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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

I visited Kealakeua Bay last December with my two sons while on a little post business trip vacation. This is a perfect, one of a kind, location for snorkeling. In my opinion, it tops Hanauma Bay and Shark’s Cove on Oahu because of the seclusion of the experience. It is a lengthy hike to the Captain Cook Monument and Kealakekua Bay to snorkel so the only other options are kayaking or taking a boat cruise to the location. Kayaking to the bay is only allowed with an adventure tour permit so it creates a personal experience. We were the only three in our 3 hour kayak/snorkeling tour ($100 a person). As a result we had the Kealakekua Bay to ourselves on a weekday afternoon for almost an hour. We didn’t see any spinner dolphins while kayaking, but the snorkel experience was unbelievable. We saw every Hawaiian marine life imaginable, including a scary encounter with a large eel. The water is clear, cool and the colors are amazing. One of the unique experiences of the Bay is the cold, fresh water flowing underwater in small funnels coming down from the mountain. It is also a national historical park where you can visit the spot where Captain Cook was killed. A tour boat did arrive and bring about twenty people as we were leaving the bay. This place should be on your Big Island bucket list. If you’re in paddling shape and have the money, spring for the kayak private tour.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank tphybridtx
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Reviewed 26 August 2018

We recently spent a day here kayaking and snorkeling and it was fantastic. We were able to see pods of dolphins and snorkeling with an amazing array of fish. The only downside was the sheer number of tour boats. It seems even with the permitting, there are a lot of people who want to visit the area. Still, it's worth the trip.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Jennifer S
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Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent snorkelling which is ideal for beginners. There are lots of fish and coral to see and the water is beautifully clear. It’s a popular destination so expect a few boats and other snorkellers to be there. However, you don’t feel crowded. Would recommend using a smaller boat to get there as it will be a more personalised experience. We used Wahine Charters who were excellent.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank SarahM11369
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Not being a great swimmer I found the current quite tiring.
But I understand to take the boat tour past the current is the way to go. But even off the rocky shoreline there was plenty of fish and coral to see, saw my first ever puffer fish.
Parking is at a premium only being maybe 15 spaces , we were there at 7.30 and about half full already.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

This is a popular snorkel destination and we came via a boat trip. Do expect that this place will be busy. Snorkelling was good, but generally deeper water. There is a small swim through at one end of bay where we saw a couple of white tipped sharks (harmless) and a moray eel. Lots of fish. Definitely an enjoyable place to spend some time. FYI. You can't drive in. You either hike in from a road up above or take a boat in.

Date of experience: July 2018
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