Snorkeling on the Big Island

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The water in Hawaii is so very clear and pristine.  There are so many places to jump in and see the incredible variety of fish and the lovely honu (green sea turtles).  My absolute favorite is the very popular Kealakekua Bay (Captain Cook). There are three ways you can get to this place… we have done all three and I enjoy all of the options.

Hike – This is the hardest way to get there but so fun! It is a bit of a challenge as you hike 1300’ (400 meters) down to the water and then after an hour of snorkeling have to hike all the way back up. And remember you have to carry all of your snorkeling equipment, water and snacks with you!

Hiking to Captain Cook

Hiking to Captain Cook

Amazing views along the way to Captain Cook

Amazing views along the way to Captain Cook

Almost there!

Almost there!

Boat – this is the easiest way to get there and there is a good chance you will see dolphins (or whales) along the way!  There are many boating options on the island – with a group or a private charter.

The water is perfectly clear and full of incredible ocean life.

The water is perfectly clear and full of incredible ocean life.

Kayak – there are three companies – Adventures in Paradise, Aloha Kayak Co and Kona Boys Inc – that have been issued permits to rent kayaks to Captain Cook. Pick a day when it is sunny and calm.  The last time we kayaked we had a strong headwind that gave us an extra workout that day!

Honaunau Bay (Two Step)  - This has incredible ocean life but as it is easily accessible there are many people. Because of this I would choose Captain Cook as a better option.

Kua Bay - So many dolphins! We have seen dolphins in many different areas on the Big Island and I find them to be the most magical and graceful creatures. Swimming with dolphins is a wonderful and memorable experience.