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“Wish I'd done this each morning”

Kahalu'u Beach Park
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Reviewed 8 December 2013

This was one of the highlights of our trip. The entire area is protected by a line of coral which acts as a breakwater, so even when the wind is up there is relaxed snorkeling here. Rented a mask and snorkel for $13 per day. Saw beautiful, multicolored fish, coral, starfish, sea turtles and could easily have spent the entire day in the water. Closer to the breakwater, the water is a bit deeper and there are more interesting fish and coral to see. This is a "don't miss" activity for all ages.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

We've been to Kahalu'u Beach Park three times in 16 years. Sea turtles always there. Colorful fish and surprisingly health coral, despite the amount of people stumbling around and standing on it. It's one of those too-good-to-be-true places - that really is that good. Free. Free parking. Minutes away from the heart of Kona. Just be careful who you share this with. And, tell them not to touch the turtles. Or the coral.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Family friendly, better if you swim/snorkel; a wonderful place to visit our friends the sea turtles. Though there is a rightfully steep fine for touching them, just wade into the water, keep your hands close at hand and let them mingle with you. Respect the intent of protecting these lovely creatures and you will be fine. Children are ok with supervision; go early because this is a popular place and the parking lot will fill up quickly. When we were there, there was a truck that made storage and snorkeling equipment available at reasonable rates so for those who lack the equipment, it can be had there reasonably.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

This little beach was the highlight of our trip! If you stay inside the breakwater the deepest the water gets is around 4 feet. There are thousands of fish and we saw turtles every morning. We did see some eels but they were not as abundant. You can float on the surface and watch the fish for hours. It is very suitable for all ages and you don’t have to be a strong swimmer to snorkel here. The park has free parking and very small lockers you can rent for $5. We snorkelled every morning for an hour before we started our day. It can be a little difficult to get into the water as there is a lot of rocks, watch for the sandy "path" through the rocks and it is easier. This is a must if you want to see fish while on the big island. I recommend going early in the morning because it can get very busy later on in the day.

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Reviewed 20 November 2013

This was one of my favorite spots to visit on my trip. If you are looking for a good place to snorkle without taking a tour this is your beach. I had a turtle swim up right next to me and saw lots of other sealife. The reef is protected from strong waves and if you are a comfortable swimmer you wont need fins, just mask and snorkle. Water shoes are a good idea, I almost slipped getting in and out of the water so be careful with that part.

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