Some of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii are near Keauhou, a town on the west coast of Hawaii's Big Island. The local beaches – which tend to be less busy than those on the Kona coast – also offer swimming, boating, fishing and scuba diving. If it's not a beach day, you can head to the Keauhou Garden of the Kamehamas and take a stroll through the native plants or check out the cultural attractions, restaurants and shops of the Kailua-Kona area.
Restaurants in Keauhou
5 based on 197 reviews
Kona Historical Society's Kona Coffee Living History Farm in Captain Cook is a "must see" Hawaii attraction and the only living history coffee farm in the nation. Stroll through this Smithsonian-affiliated, outdoor museum that tells the story of Kona's Japanese immigrants that became Kona's coffee pioneers during the early 20th century. A self-guided experience, you're free to walk among the coffee trees, meet a "Kona Nightingale", or watch how farmers used the kuriba and hoshidana to mill and dry their world-famous coffee. Visit the original 1920's farmhouse where you may find the homemaker starting the fire to cook rice or making musubi for the farmer's lunch. "Talk story" along the way with living history interpreters and discover the story behind Kona's gourmet crop.
This place is just a few acres but packed with history and has an excellent staff, both on the historical side (e.g. the fact that pre-WWII "coffee cooperatives" were anything but...) and also lots of information about local agriculture. We spent a couple of hours there and could have spent more. People apparently balk at the $15 fee: come'on, in Hawai'i that's the price of a couple cocktails (if that) -- these folks are doing a great job (they have lots of outreach to local schools, hence the limited public hours) and give them some help.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Kona coffee plantation.
We didn’t take the tour this time because we had been on the tour a few years ago. It is only a half hour tour, which is just enough to learn about the entire process. We came for the tasting and to purchase some coffee.There...MoreMahalo for coming back to visit us again, we love seeing familiar faces! We are glad you were able to sample our coffee again and pick some up to bring home with you. We are looking forward to seeing you again on your next visit!
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Aloha Kayak Co. is a Hawaiian owned and operated full service kayak outfit based on the Kona coast of Big Island of Hawaii. We offer award winning kayak and snorkel tours to multiple areas of the island and are permitted by the State of Hawaii to operate in Kealakekua bay out to the Captain Cook monument. We also operate Kayak tours to the Lava tube caves of Keauhou bay, and snorkel with turtles in the City of Refuge, Honaunau bay. We offer kayak rentals and paddle board lessons and rentals too. All rentals include all proper gear and car racks for mounting on your car! Any car, convertibles too. ATT: Permits are required for some areas please call us for more info! We are open from 7:30 am to 5pm daily. Please call our office for more info about any of our services! We are Located 9 miles south of Kailua-Kona on Hwy 11 just south of the 114 mile marker. Call for further assistance.
Super happy with our tour! Jason was our guide and he was great! Every other kayak tour company must have canceled their tours for the day because we were the only tour out there. So glad Jason was willing to take us out in the rain! Down in the water it wasn’t raining and kayak part was great, we even saw some dolphins on the way back. The snorkel was fantastic as well, Jason actually found a couple white tip sharks and helped me to swim down to see them and he took a video with my go pro. Moreover, since every other tour company canceled we were the only two out snorkeling in an area that usually is crowded. Fantastic experience, would definitely use them again!
5 based on 122 reviews
Our little one had motion sickness so we had to return halfway but during our trip o can tell Kevin is a very patient guide and he is doing his best to leave you great memory. Besides he took pictures for you with no charge so enjoy the trip without worries to get your camera wet
5 based on 263 reviews
Anelakai Adventures is a Big Island, Hawaii adventure company. Our Night Manta Ray Canoe Snorkel off the Kona Coast is a once in a lifetime experience. Skip the big crowds and go for a local Hawaiian experience — there’s no better way to meet mantas than by traditional canoe! Our double hull canoes let you snorkel with manta rays in a whole different way — in a small group, and at your own pace. You’ll feel more relaxed and safe, which will let you concentrate more on the beautiful wonder of nature that you can only see in Hawaii. Rays can live 50 + years and grow to 15 feet across and weigh more than 3000 pounds. Snorkel with the Manta, or stay on the canoe and watch from above with a close-up view you cannot see from a large motorized boat. Mantas love our quiet, Eco-friendly canoe! Let us share our passion and love for the ocean with you and learn a little Hawaiian history. Kayak Tours, Daytime Ocean Tours are also available. Book now and explore Kona the way our ancestors did!
A friend was visiting from Seattle and swimming with the Mantas was a bucket list item for him. I had already heard from many others that the experience with Anelakai Adventures was truly unique. So 3 adults and 3 kids decided to give it a try. It was amazing!! To begin with the experience of paddling your own vessel was incredible! The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. We loved the small personalized group sizes. I was surprised that both of my daughters got into the water. One liked it so much that she keeps asking when we can do it again. It also inspired her to join a local canoe club. Thank you so much for the remarkable and memorable experience.
5 based on 61 reviews
Heavenly Hawaiian Coffee is perfectly perched in the hills south of Kona so that growing conditions are ideal and views are spectacular. Chase was very knowledgeable and personable and provided an informative and fun tour. We then had the opportunity to relax on the Lanai and enjoy a cup (or two) of their amazing brew while snacking on coffee brittle and taking in the glorious view of the Pacific. And of course we visited the gift shop and stocked up on treats, don't miss out on a bag or two of that delicious brittle!
5 based on 214 reviews
Eka Canoe Adventures is the most unique way to experience Hawaiian waters along the Kona Coastline. Onboard a recreated historically accurate Hawaiian double-hulled sailing canoe, your experienced crew shares generations of knowledge in an old Hawaiian way, “story telling”. Guests are invited to paddle, sail or just kick back and enjoy their journey through History.
What a great time! The mantas were so beautiful and the guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We saw 3 rays and they came super close to us. The guide even took video for me so I could relax and enjoy the encounter. Highly recommend this experience and this organization.
4.5 based on 697 reviews
Sea Paradise offers Morning and Afternoon Sailing & Snorkeling Tours to the Marine Sanctuary in Kealakekua Bay (Home to the World Famous Captain Cook Monument). As your snorkel adventure begins, be sure to bring an underwater camera to capture all the vibrantly colorful schools of sea life amid the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. Also offered by Sea Paradise is a Guaranteed Manta Ray night snorkel. Capture the graceful beauty of these majestic manta rays as you snorkel up close with them. The Travel Channel say "snorkeling with manta rays is one of the top ten things to do in your lifetime."
We just had the most amazing day out on a catamaran to Kealakekua Bay beside the Captain Cook monument. We made a last minute decision to go and were SO LUCKY to get two spots with Sea Paradise Inc. We have never snorkelled anywhere like...MoreThank you for taking your time to review your tour with us. We are so happy you had a good time and we hope to serve you again next time you visit the Big Island. Mahalo Nui Loa!
4.5 based on 319 reviews
Again we used C Big Island Tours for this excursion. our driver Edmond was very knowledgeable about the area. He a story or info about every stop we made. the turtles were fantastic and you could get as close as 15 feet to photo them.
4.5 based on 285 reviews
Popular Hawaii beach for snorkeling.
Some of the best snorkeling on Hawaii. This is a great family beach with a little something for everyone — snorkeling, surfing, reasonable beach area, life guards, showers, bathrooms, and even a food truck.
Water entry can be tricky, as any of the rocks under the water at the shore tend to be slippery. This is one of those places were you are better off to ‘belly-in’ as soon as the water is a foot deep to avoid slipping on the rocks. Once thru the narrow inlet, there is plenty to explore.
There is a great variety of fish. Some of the areas are difficult to get to at low tide, so be sure you know whether the tide is coming in or out before swimming over the shallow areas. For the non-snorkelers there are rocks on the left side that you can carefully walk over to see a number of the tidal pools and even spot turtles in the shallow water.
There is a reasonable amount of off road parking, as well as additional marked parking spots. The beach is just south of little St. Peter’s church.
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