Snorkeling at the Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on Hawaii, the Big Island
As a matter of rule, we don’t talk about activities on our site that we have not personally experienced. However, in our minds, this is likely the best snorkeling on Hawaii, the Big Island, and we were shut out by a severe thunderstorm. ACK!
Located just 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking. The bay’s brilliant waters are filled with coral and schools of tropical fish. On occasion, you can even see spinner dolphins swimming in the bay. If you want to stay dry, there is a picnic area to relax and enjoy this historic spot.
Kealakekua Bay is not a place that you can merely hop in your car and drive to. It is accessed by a variety of marine transportation options, and we were hooked up for a five-hour “Beat the Crowd” adventure with the folks at Captain Zodiac.
After a wonderful storm-filled night in our Kona Village Resort beach-side, thatch-roofed bungalow, I called the folks at Captain Zodiac and they were sad to announce that they were going to have to, in a rare and uncommon move, cancel our day’s adventure due to very rough and stormy seas. Wimper, wimper!
Well, I figure that just because we didn’t get to go, that doesn’t mean we should keep it a secret from you.
We’ll be back next year, and you can rest assured that we will be snorkeling atop the azure waters of Kealakekua Bay.