Kahaluu Beach Park
Located in Kailua-Kona, Kahaluu Beach Park is a great place to visit when you need to take part in different ocean activities. Its name is pronounced as Kah-hah-loo. Even though this beach park isn’t a classic white sand beach, it is a perfect spot for people to learn how to snorkel or surf, not to mention that it is one of the most popular picnic spots on this island. I always come here especially during the day just to surf or snorkel (or to do both). Other times I stay longer just to enjoy the sunset barbecue.
It’s extremely easy to get to Kahaluu Beach Park. You will find it on Alii Drive, some miles South of Kona at the mile marker 5. The parking space is at the bay’s south end, but if it’s a busy day, you have to wait to get a spot. You can also park on Alii Drive.
At the main park area, the sand is rougher but some finer sand can be found at the beach’s northern end. There is a long rock wall separating the water from the sandy area. You cannot miss a spot for laying out your towel or setting a beach chair. You will also find lots of picnic tables; some of them are open while other are covered.
A water breaker protects the bay, keeping the snorkeling area a bit calm even if people are surfing. You will find it easy to spot the best snorkeling. All you have to do is look. For snorkeling, it’s better to stay at the southern end of the bay since the northern part is exposed to waves and full of surfers.
Normally, surfers enter the water from the rocky northern end or from the nearby sandy beach. This spot is perfect for those who want to learn how to surf especially when the waves aren’t so big. Other times the learning is almost impossible if the current is strong. If you aren’t sure about the surfing conditions consider enquiring from the surf shop across the street.
Many people visit Kahaluu Beach Park for snorkeling since the sea life is diverse and beautiful. Note that you shouldn’t feed the fish or touch the coral when snorkeling. You will most probably have a chance to see a honu (sea turtle). If you do, be sure not to rush for it lest you scare it away. In fact, you will be surprised how they’ll come closer as long as you stay quiet and still. Also, it is against the law to touch or disturb them, so avoid paying serious fines by abiding by the simple set rules.
You can rent snorkeling equipment including other beach gear from the bay across the street at the Kahalu’u Bay Surf and Sea. Generally, this beach isn’t a great place for exclusive swimming. You will find a perfect spot for kids to play as they swim but it’s all reef and rock further ahead.
No place beats Kahaluu when it comes to getting a place with lots of activities to do. You can even use charcoal grills or bring your grill as long as you leave the place as clean as you found it. Be sure to stay longer to get a chance to enjoy the breathtaking sunset experience.
Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Electricity, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s), Wheelchair Accessible
7 Days A Week 9:30a - 4:45p
No Camping Allowed