For some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island, visit the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay.
This remote area is also popular with hikers, who might come across the ruins of ancient temples and villages on their travels.
Dolphins frolic in the bay, and the shore is dotted with the white obelisk commemorating the death of Captain James Cook here in 1779.
Learned to snorkle on this trip!! It was AWESOME!
This is for the athletic type of person. Crew bored. Broke loose a bit after we as a group started asking questions and they realized we for the most part had all snorkeled before ....
Fish yellow - blue-black and dolphins
Return ride whales/caves/blow holes/images in lava layers
Review by Tropix, February 2013
Great Snorkeling! We took the Fair Winds tour to the bay and were quite pleased. Here is a link to an underwater video we took that gives you a good idea of what to expect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1VryBhdg5A
The boat was timely, had a very friendly crew and we had plenty of time to snorkel in the bay. We snorkeled about six different beaches around the Big Island and this was by far the best. Highly recommended.
Kealakekua Bay is surrounded by Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on the western Kona coast.
The easiest way to get here is to either paddle in by kayak or take an organized tour.