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Kahalu'u Bay Education Center

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78-6740 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2412
+1 808-887-6411
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Best first snorkeling experience for children (high tide)

We almost skipped this stop because from the road it looks like a crowded beach, overflowing... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Cate F
via mobile
Shallow and fairly easy to navgate

My suggestion would be to arrive early and snorkel for a bit before the tours get here. Easy... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2016
San Francisco, California
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Rich in historical, cultural, and environmental treasures, Kahalu'u Bay welcomes more than 400,000 visitors annually, making it West Hawai'i's most popular tourist destination. Kahalu'u Bay Education Center is a partnership between The Kohala Center and the County of Hawai'i to revive and revitalize Kahalu'u Bay and Beach Park. The center is open every day from 9:30 a.M. To 4:30 p.M. And rents snorkel gear onsite. (We are closed on the day of the Ironman Triathlon and during hazardous surf/weather conditions.) Through volunteer-driven educational programs such as ReefTeach and Citizen Science, Kahalu'u Bay Education Center promotes and measures the positive impacts of environmental stewardship to ensure the bay remains a healthy and welcoming place for residents and visitors alike. Come spend a beautiful day at Kahalu'u Bay and see our beautiful honu (green sea turtles), corals and fish! We look forward to welcoming you!
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  • Very good27%
  • Average1%
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78-6740 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2412
+1 808-887-6411

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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We almost skipped this stop because from the road it looks like a crowded beach, overflowing parking lot with a traffic line, and a confetti crowd of tourists jammed into the sand and water. Thank heavens we decided to just stop for a moment and...More

1  Thank Cate F
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My suggestion would be to arrive early and snorkel for a bit before the tours get here. Easy snorkeling, but lifeguards on hand too.

1  Thank Mthebaker
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We rented a snorkel set from the folks at Reef Teach. They were excellent. They didn't just hand the kids a set, they fitted them, explained how to use them, and explained things about the reef and fish, what to do and not do. Fish...More

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 1 September 2016

My sister works at the Bay and educates people on the fish and turtles that reside there. My granddaughter got to snorkel and take pictures while there. We saw wonderful sights and enjoyed learning about the marine life. Take the time to go and enjoy...More

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Not only is this my favorite beach, but I enjoy the personnel that they have here to educate visitors, and da kine alike. Ecotourism is a driving force on this island, Correct ways to interact with the Honu, is one of them. This is not...More

Thank Jacqueline J
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Friendly, helpful people, well informed and happy to share. Great for kids as well as adults. Easy to find out what you are interested in.

Thank Jul D
Reviewed 3 July 2016

This is a great place for beginner snorkelers, lots of fish in shallow water. If you decide to go on a weekend I would warn you to be very careful walking in tide pools and on the lava rocks along the sea wall as you...More

1  Thank sunfun498
Reviewed 12 May 2016

the folks at the education center are amazing. super great tips and advice for first time snorkelers and they really know about the bay itself. keep your rental receipt for a discount the next time you rent and they'll have record of your fin &...More

Thank Christina B
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We enjoyed the informative explanation of the protocols of snorkeling. The gentlemen were very friendly. Snorkeling gear, storage locker for valuables and food truck were available. There are also very friendly people on hand to explain the various sights and underwater creatures. It was perhaps...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Love this beach. Great place to snorkel, young or old. Their are many types of fish there to observe, it's like swimming in a giant aquarium. Watch the turtles swim, eat the algae off the rocks and climb onto the beach to sun bath. Picnic...More

Thank Barbara C
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Scott S
25 August 2015|
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Response from KahaluuBay | Property representative |
Aloha Scott, We are open seven days a week from 9:30AM - 4:00PM. Mahalo Cindi
28 March 2015|
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Response from KahaluuBay | Property representative |
Aloha Kaviana, Tnere is no entry fee. Kahalu`u Bay is a beautiful snorkeling bay. Please stop by and say "HI" when you are here. We do take donations and a small fee for our snorkel equipment rental. All of our proceeds... More