Kahalu’u Beach Park on the West Side of Hawaii Island

Kahalu’u Beach Park on the West Side of Hawaii Island

Photo Courtesy of W. Nowicki on Wikimedia Commons

Kahalu’u Beach Park’s large bay just south of Kailua-Kona is one of the best places to snorkel while on Hawaii island. Interestingly, it also provides a fun place to surf, which is an interesting combination. The reed on the Southern end protects the water from getting stirred up near the shore, so snorkelers can enjoy  abundant fish, captivating turtles, and vibrant coral heads. 

Water Sports:

Snorkeling is exceptional at the Southern end and surfing is ideal at the Northern end. When you snorkeling, watch where you are going or you will end up in the surfing area. You may want to wear water shoes to get over the lava rocks to enter the ocean. Please be sure to avoid standing on coral so you don’t damage the reef. There are lifeguards on duty.


There is no shade here, so be sure to wear your sun shirt and apply reef-safe sunscreen liberally.


While there is not food available at the park, there are a number of options available in the surrounding area. Check out Da Poke Shack for a mouth-watering local favorite.

Directions and Parking:

Kahalu’u Beach Park can be found about 5 miles south of Kailua Kona. When parking in the lot at the South end of the bay, there is a small fee that goes to maintaining the beauty and natural resource of the place. There are picnic tables, pavilions, restrooms and showers near the parking lot. Parking for surfing at the Northern end of the bay is located on the street.

What’s in a Name:

Kahalu’u means “diving place” and is clearly well-named. 

Check out this video on YouTube by BC Big Island

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