EXPLORE HAWAII’S CORAL REEFS!
Snorkel to discover Hawaii’s underwater world!
Snorkeling in Hawaii is a treat – with many species of colorful reef fish, sea turtles and more. At night, you can snorkel and see manta rays – huge filter-feeding rays without stingers – glide through the water near bright lights. This is a great activity for families and couples. Teach your kids about the ocean and watch them be amazed by the diversity of life there, or enjoy snorkeling alongside your sweetie. See who can find the most unique fish!
With beautiful coral reefs and sheltered bays lining Hawaii Island’s west coast, there is plenty to explore while snorkeling. Guests staying in our legal vacation homes have complimentary use of our snorkel and beach gear, so you don’t have to pay for rentals! Here are a few of our favorite spots on the Kohala and Kona coast!
GREAT SNORKELING SPOTS ON THE KOHALA COAST
There are several great places for snorkeling within Mauna Lani and the Kohala Coast:
The Mauna Lani Beach Club is one of our favorite places for quick, easy-access snorkeling. Just minutes away from our legal vacation homes in Mauna Lani, you can drive or take a golf cart to the Beach Club and spend some time admiring the marine life in Makaiwa Bay. We have seen lots of yellow tangs, moorish idol, and parrotfish here, as well as a spotted eagle ray! The bay here is very sheltered, so this is usually a safe place if you are inexperienced or snorkeling with kids.
Beach 69 is a local favorite for picnics, swimming, and snorkeling. You can see beautiful reefs and colorful fish here, especially when the water is calm and clear like in the photo below. Make sure to check out the reefs at the north end of the beach! The reefs here continue all the way to Hapuna Beach (though this is quite a long swim). For more detailed information, check out this snorkeling guide.
Experienced snorkelers can access some amazing snorkeling at Hapuna Beach. You can find great reefs at the north and south ends of the beach. The better stretch of reef (although more exposed) starts just past the south end of the beach, where the white sand beach gives way to a beautiful rocky coastline. This area is unprotected, though, so make sure you are aware of the currents and surf conditions. If the conditions are rough at all, stay out of this area.
For more detailed information about snorkeling here, check out this snorkeling guide.
This is our favorite beach to visit, and it has amazing snorkeling too! There is great snorkeling at both ends of Mauna Kea Beach. The south (left) side of the beach has a nice reef that you can snorkel in a straight line. The north end is more exposed (better for experienced snorkelers and strong swimmers) and tends to have rougher waves. If the conditions are calm, the reefs are more interesting at this end of the beach, with more fish and even sea turtles sometimes.
For more detailed information about snorkeling at Mauna Kea Beach, check out this snorkeling guide.