Kahalu’u Beach Park Snorkeling and Sea Turtle

Big Island – Day 2

I guess we just didn’t have enough of the beach after spending the evening at Hapuna Beach. The next day, we drove down to Kahalu’u Beach Park after breakfast at Pine Tree Cafe. This was the beach we were originally trying to find the previous day, but we somehow missed the sign and ended up at a different beach.




One of the few beaches with lifeguards on duty

Kahalu’u Beach is a popular snorkeling spot on the island with plenty of fish in the bay. Its calm and shallow waters make it ideal for beginners to snorkel. And fish (and snorkelers) are not the only ones swimming in the bay; sea turtles can be found swimming in the bay or even on the rocks along the beach.

Beach Facilities:

  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Pavilions, Picnic Tables
  • Showers
  • Lifeguard Services
  • Rentals

It’s recommended that you head to the beach early for parking, avoid crowds, and to see more fish. We brought our snorkel gear (rented from our condo) and made our way out into the water.

This was my Mom and Sisters first time snorkeling, and my second (but that was 8 or 9 years ago). The beach was already pretty crowded with plenty of people at the beach already.


We didn’t even get into the water get when we saw a group of people in standing there staring at something. There was a lady standing near a rock holding some laminated fliers directing people. She was standing near a sea turtle who was just on the beach (in the water) somewhat camouflaged with the lava rocks on the shore. She was there to make sure people kept a distance from the sea turtle, since sea turtles are protected.

I couldn’t get any pictures of the Sea Turtle until it started to swim away.


I spent a lot of time trying to get used to of being in the water and snorkeling. The water was calm, but was actually pretty crowded along the beach. You really had to swim out a little further to get away from people (so that you don’t swim into anyone) and to really swim with the fish.


I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between all of the fish, but it was pretty amazing swimming along with them. There were signs on the beach (park area) that show what kinds of fish you may find in the coral reef. Looks like those signs have been around for quite some time. I definitely saw some yellow fishies.

I had my waterproof phone case on, but I ended up having my phone out with me to text (haha) and didn’t manage to take any pictures in the water. I guess I was just too focused on looking at the fish and making sure that I was still swimming and breathing. I think I need some practice.

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