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It will come as no surprise that the big island of Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to go snorkeling. Every year, locals and visitors alike enjoy many prime snorkeling locations around the big island, which provide beautiful views, unique wildlife, and of course, an excellent time. Visitors who are enjoying the big island will definitely want to check out these fantastic snorkeling locations.  Let’s take a look at the top three snorkeling locations on the big island of Hawaii.

Honaunau, Place of Refuge

Location: About 20 miles south of Kailua Kona

Honanau is located within the Place of Refuge, which is one of the more beautiful parks and beaches on the big island. What is particularly unique about Honanau is its entry: this dive entry is done from a lava-ledge!  Snorkelers can expect to see a variety of fish and, best of all, a possible sea turtle or moray eel.  (Local note: Never stick your fingers into the holes on the lava ledge, as there tend to be sea urchins inside!) The water around Honanau can be a bit rough during certain times of the year, but the beautiful blue water, lava ledge entry and astounding wildlife are well worth the effort!

Captain Cook Monument Cove

Location: north of Hale Ho’ola

Captain Cook Monument Cove is a snorkeling site located north of Hale Ho’ola and across from Kealakekua that is both beautiful and popular among those staying in Hawaii.  Captain Cook Monument Cove is well-known for its crystal clear water and colorful, vibrant reef which extends out to water almost 80 feet in depth! The water in the cove is notoriously calm and provides not only clear views but the opportunity to see abundant wildlife. Animals commonly seen here include tropical fish, various reef-life, sea turtles and on uncommon occasions, even dolphins!  Entry can be done right off the dock in Kealakekua, but locals suggest that you rent a kayak and paddle across the way to the Captain Cook Monument Cove.

Spencer Beach Park

Location: North of Kailua-Kona, just up the hill from Kawaihae Harbor

Spencer Beach Park is a well-loved and family friendly beach which is perfect for family groups and snorkelers, especially those who are looking for calm waters, a protected beach and a safe atmosphere. Spencer Beach is a reef protected beach, which provides easy entry for snorkelers who simply have to walk right in the water from the beautiful white sand beach. An abundance of fish can be seen year around, but the main attraction for many snorkelers are the high amount of sea turtles often found in the area! If you’ve ever wanted to swim with sea turtles during your stay, you can do no better than Spencer Beach Park.

During your stay at our condo, feel free to utilize the snorkeling gear we have available for your use.

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