Snorkeling and Scuba

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Island of Hawaii Snorkeling and Scuba

The island of Hawaii and its clear blue waters are truly a snorkeling and scuba paradise. The island’s east side has a handful of spots for beginning snorkelers and scuba divers including Hilo’s Leleiwi Beach and Richardson Beach Park. But the Kona side is even more famous for its visibility and calm waters, protected from the winds by the massive slopes of Maunaloa.

For snorkeling on the Kohala Coast, visit Hapuna Beach, Anaehoomalu Beach as well as Ohaiula (also known as Sam Spencer Park) below Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site. On the Kona Coast, visitors can explore Kahaluu Beach Park south of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona) in Keauhou and Honaunau Bay near Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Honaunau Bay is the perfect example of the calm and clear waters of south Kona and features a spot on the shoreline where the volcanic rock has been neatly worn away into a convenient “two-step” entry point for snorkelers and divers.

One of the most memorable experiences you can have on the island of Hawaii is a swim with manta rays. Book a sunset dive tour and head out to the Kona or Keauhou coast to either scuba dive or snorkel with these gentle mantas (mantas don’t have stingers like sting rays or eagle rays). You’ll marvel at how these otherworldly creatures glide within inches of you as they feed on microscopic plankton in the illuminated waters.

For serious snorkeling, it’s best to take a boat charter or travel with a local guide, somebody who knows the best spots and who can read changing weather patterns. For scuba divers, you can take an introductory “resort course” for beginners or most dive shops offer certification courses for more advanced dives. Some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and scuba diving can be found on the island of Hawaii.

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Fair Wind Cruising
Fair Wind, Inc.

Since 1971, Fair Wind continues to be the leader in snorkel cruises on the Big Island. Fair Wind provides an award-winning trip to spectacular Kealakekua Bay, site of the Capt. Cook monument, aboard the 60' catamaran, Fair Wind II.

Kohala Divers

Kohala Divers is your one stop water sport connection for scuba diving, snorkeling, sportfishing and whale watching. we are a five star PADI dive training facility and offer high quality water sports equipment for rent or retail.

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Kona Honu Divers, Inc.

Cruise the reefs in style on Kona's largest custom dive charter. Dance with mantas. Dive or snorkel with Kona's amazing marine life. Experience the mystery and magic of black water. Learn to dive with our awesome crew. Receive $15 off by booking online and use promo code gohawaii

Dolphin Discoveries

Snorkel/Dolphin and Whalewatch Adventures. Snorkel 2 sites, Cook's Monument at Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge. View Sea Caves and Lava Tubes. Year round dolphin and whalewatching, guided by marine mammal naturalist.

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