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“Great place for turtles....and Sharks!”
Review of Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay
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US$144.66*
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Reef and Dolphin Snorkel Eco Adventure
Ranked #21 of 129 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great place for turtles....and Sharks!”
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We went to this beautiful location yesterday. We parked on the highway and walked in. According to my pedometer it is about 1.25 mile walk one way. Not hard, but hot! When we got down there, we all jumped in the water to snorkel and there were turtles everywhere! dozens and dozens -but it was very murky. The kids and I got out, but my hubby decided to snorkle across to the section where the turtles sleep. After we watched him climb out on the other side of the channel opening , we were hanging out when a tiger shark of approx 12' surfaced right next to us where we were sitting on the rocks! We were stunned! He/she was after something along the edge. I put on my shoes and hauled butt all the way around the bay to flag down the hubby to make sure he didn't swim back across that same channel. Instead he walk around towards the shallow dead end section and quickly crossed. As we were walking back around we ran into a gentleman who lives in one of the homes here. His family has had it for over 50 years, he said he had seen a tiger shark the day before eating a turtle, so he wasn't surprised that we saw one. The shark was amazing to see so close, but startled us to be sure! We live in the ocean town of Santa Cruz, so I am used to the thought of sharks in the water, but with the recent attacks on Hawaii and Maui , this was a reminder that we are entering their food chain when we go in the water :) be safe!

Visited August 2013
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dallas
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“Great place to Sea Turtles”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

Get it? Haha. Tons of turtles here and "The Queens Bath." If you go, head south on HWY 19. After mile marker 80 - 81 there is a scenic overlook. Shortly after that, you will see a drive with red and yellow ribbons around a pole right outside. You can take that road all the way down to a parking lot right near the beach. We walked :(

Visited August 2013
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Leonardo, New Jersey
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“Neat place to visit”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

It's easier to access the bay by hiking down from the highway near milepost 80. The bay has cold spring water and warm ocean currents creating interesting snorkeling conditions. The water can be very cold however and most of the bay is cloudy. Stick close to the rocks to see fish and interesting formations. There are tons of turtles here!

Visited August 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia, United States
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“An absolute must see...”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Any visit to the Big Island would be incomplete without a visit to Kiholo Bay and the Queens Bath. Despite what others have said you can easily drive your rental car to within 50 yards of the beach. Once at the beach, turn right and walk about 150 yards and you will find the Queen's Bath and it's chilly 71 degree water. If you tire of the chilly water walk to the beach and watch or snorkel with the many turtles that call this bay home.

Visited July 2013
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Flower Mound, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Off the Beaten Path, but Bugs Galore”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

I know it is Hawaii and there are bugs everywhere, but the second we arrived I felt like every starving bug on the beach came to feast on us, bug spray or not. It really soured a great morning at the queen's bath, which was really awesome, and the beach. We stopped and swam at a small salt and pepper beach near the queen's bath and discovered that several of the "rocks" were actually turtles, which was really exciting for my kids.

Visited August 2013
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