Big Island Snorkeling
The Big Island of Hawaii offers excellent snorkeling opportunities from shore as well as on snorkeling tour boat excursions.
On the west shore of the Big Island snorkeling is spectacular in the crystal clear waters of Kealakekua Bay teeming with fish amidst the thriving coral reefs. The scenic bay is also home to many spinner dolphins.
To the north are the sea caves and protected reefs along the Kona Coast, a popular destination for Big Island snorkeling tours. Along the Kohala Coast north of Kona are colorful coral reefs and an abundance of sea life thriving alongside black sand beaches and ancient lava flows.
Other great Big Island snorkeling sites include Leleiwi Beach Park east of Hilo where Hawaiian green sea turtles are very common, and the nearby Richardson’s Beach Park with a protected cove that attracts a multitude of fish.
Southeast of Hilo along the Puna Coast are the Kapoho Tide Pools which are well-protected from the surf providing clear water and good conditions for children and those who are not strong swimmers.
Many other pristine and remote destinations on the Big Island provide excellent snorkeling for beginners as well as those who are more experienced. Guided snorkeling tours assess the ocean conditions on the day of your adventure to ensure you visit the safest site with optimal snorkeling conditions.
Snorkeling tours may also be combined with other Big Island activities as part of a package tour. Put on your mask and fins and explore the exciting underwater world of the Big Island on a snorkeling excursion.
Big Island Scuba Diving
The Big Island of Hawaii offers an abundance of great dive sites including 80 sites just along the Kona coast where crystal clear waters reveal a fascinating underwater terrain and an abundance of colorful fish and other interesting marine life.
More great scuba diving sites are found to the north along the beautiful Kohala coast with its posh resorts and also along the leeward shore. Both shore dives and boat dives are available for a range of skill levels to ensure safety and comfort.
Some favorite scuba diving spots on the Big Island include Cavern Point, Place of Refuge, Kailua Pier, Pine Trees and Red Hill. Also popular are the nightly dives with Manta Rays.
North Kohala is known for its stunning reef topography including the famous Lava Dome, a huge volcanic rock covered with plate and knob coral that is home to many blue dragon nudibranchs. Horseshoe Reef is lined with ledges and lava tubes, and the schooling pyramid butterfly fish at Black Point are a photographers dream.
Row upon row of garden eels sway like spaghetti in the currents seventy feet down at the South Kohala scuba diving site called Garden Eels.
Discover the depths of the Big Island on a scuba diving adventure full of discovery and excitement. Several dive shops and scuba diving tour operators on the Big Island provide scuba diving lessons and certification as well as scuba diving gear rentals for beginning as well as advanced divers.