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Big Island Snorkeling Spots
Kahaluu Beach Park
This is one of the best snorkeling spots (and probably the most popular) on the island, with a huge variety of fish and sea turtles. Location: Alii Drive, Kona.
Hookena Beach Park
Hookena features distinctive lava formations backed by shade-producing cliffs, and great tide pools and blowholes. Snorkeling is best on the left side of the cove. The surrounding environment is very scenic. Location: 40 miles south of Kona on Highway 11. Look for turn-off sign and take a right turn down towards the ocean.
Kealakekua is the location of Captain Cook Monument, and is one of the best snorkeling spots in the islands. It is an underwater marine sanctuary, with dolphins and sea turtles. Many snorkeling boat tours are available to visit this secluded sanctuary. Location: about 17 miles south of Kona on Highway 11.
The snorkeling here is great for the experienced snorkeler. It is another marine sanctuary with clear water, exciting caverns, caves, arches, drop-offs, and abundant coral to explore. The tide surge can be challenging and dangerous. Boat tours bring snorkelers in groups to this spot. Location: North of Kona on Highway 11, off the Old Kona Airport Park.
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Other great snorkeling spots in Hawaii:
Kauai Snorkeling Spots
Maui Snorkeling Spots
Oahu Snorkeling Spots
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