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Kahalu'u Beach Park

Snorkel with tropical fish and swim with sea turtles at this great dive location.

Kahalu’u Beach Park is the most popular destination on the island for snorkelers and divers, and is commonly referred to as “snorkel beach.” During the reign of King Kamehameha it was decided that a sheltered beach was needed for the king and his family. A thick seawall was built protecting the bay that Kahalu’u Beach Park now occupies. The seawall creates a calm and peaceful beach environment for snorkelers, swimmers and families.

Arrive at the beach early to ensure you get a parking spot and a patch of sand, as Kahalu’u is extremely popular. As such, the atmosphere is lively and a great place to meet locals and fellow travelers.

The beach is well serviced, with food, drinks and equipment rental all available nearby. A shaded pavilion, lifeguards, and public toilets and showers make this an excellent beach for families.

Rent a mask and snorkel and venture into the shallow water. Kahalu’u is an excellent place for inexperienced snorkelers as it is easy to enter the water, there are no waves and the underwater views are rewarding.

Those with more diving experience should head closer to the seawall. Swim with Hawaiian turtles, or watch them crawl along the sand between sunbathers at one of the most common homes of the animals. Watch as the beautiful raccoon butterfly fish dart in and out of the coral reef below you, or be engulfed by a huge school of tropical fish in one of the best dive sites on the island.

Kahalu’u Beach Park is located on Ali’i Drive, approximately 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) from town, and is best reached by car, but parking is limited. There is limited public transportation to the beach; however, taxis will take you there from the town. The beach is open daily and is free of charge.

Popular Activities at Kahalu'u Beach Park

Ensure you have lots of time at Kahalu'u Beach Park. Below are the most popular activities:

Want to know what there is to do at this popular attraction? We recommend purchasing a Shore Excursion: Coral Reef & Tide Pool Exploration at Kahaluu Beach.

For even more things to do, examine our Kahaluu Bay things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Kahalu'u Beach Park


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Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay ¥16,436
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78-128 Ehukai St, Kailua-Kona, HI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kailua-Kona resort is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Kona Country Club. Kahalu'u Beach Park is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

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    Kona Coast Resort

    Kona Coast Resort

    78-6842 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Kahaluu Bay, this golf condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Keauhou Shopping Center and Kahalu'u Beach Park. Magic Sands Beach is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

      Big Island Retreat ¥9,723
      Big Island Retreat

      Big Island Retreat

      78-226 Kahaluu Road, Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Kahaluu Bay, this beach guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Kahalu'u Beach Park and Keauhou Shopping Center. Magic Sands Beach and Haleo Luau are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Kahaluu Bay Villas 305 - Two Bedroom Condo
        Kahaluu Bay Villas 305 - Two Bedroom Condo

        Kahaluu Bay Villas 305 - Two Bedroom Condo

        78-6715 Alii Drive, 305, Kailua-Kona, HI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Kahaluu Bay, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Keauhou Shopping Center, Kahalu'u Beach Park, and Magic Sands Beach. Kona Country Club and Haleo Luau are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Kahaluu Bay Villas#201
          Kahaluu Bay Villas#201

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            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            2-302 The Beach Villas - 2 Br Home
            2-302 The Beach Villas - 2 Br Home

            2-302 The Beach Villas - 2 Br Home

            2-302 The Beach Villas at Kahaluu, 78-6721 Ali'i Drive #Ph-302, Kailua-Kona, HI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Kahaluu Bay, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Keauhou Shopping Center, Kahalu'u Beach Park, and Magic Sands Beach. Kona Country Club and Haleo Luau are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Kahaluu Bay Villas #305
              Kahaluu Bay Villas #305

              Kahaluu Bay Villas #305

              78-6715 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Kahaluu Bay, this beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Keauhou Shopping Center, Kahalu'u Beach Park, and Magic Sands Beach. Kona Country Club and Haleo Luau are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                2302 The Beach Villas at Kahaluu - Two Bedroom Condo
                2302 The Beach Villas at Kahaluu - Two Bedroom Condo

                2302 The Beach Villas at Kahaluu - Two Bedroom Condo

                78-6721 Ali'i Drive, 2-302, Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Kahaluu Bay, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Keauhou Shopping Center, Kahalu'u Beach Park, and Magic Sands Beach. Kona Country Club and Haleo Luau are also within 3 mi (5 km).