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Honaunau Bay
Honaunau Bay

Honaunau Bay

1871 Trail, Honaunau-Napoopoo, 96704

The Basics

Locals and travelers alike come to Two-Step Beach (named for the way swimmers enter the water: first by stepping into the shallow water onto flat rocks and then pushing off to swim) for calm swimming and world-class snorkeling. It’s a top spot for Big Island snorkeling tours and is set right next to Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Many visitors stop at both sights for a half-day of exploring Hawaii’s history and underwater world.

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Kona's Best Snorkel - Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge

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Kona's Best Snorkel - Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge
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The captain was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Snorkeling was great. The snacks and juice were excellent.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You can enter the water from the boat ramp to avoid slipping on the wet rocks.

  • Bring your own snorkel gear and snacks.

  • There are no showers, changing rooms, or toilets at the bay, but you can find these facilities at the nearby national historical park, where you can also park your car.

  • Be sure to always keep a safe distance from marine life while observing them, and never disturb them in the wild.

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How to Get There

Honaunau Bay is a 45-minute drive from downtown Kailua-Kona. Take Highway 11 south to Highway 160 near mile marker 106, continue about 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park entrance, and then turn right onto a narrow 1-lane road. About 100 yards past the boat ramp at Keone‘ele Cove is a small parking area. Parking is also available at the neighboring national park for a small fee.

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When to Get There

Arrive early in the morning to snag a parking spot along the beach road or in the Honaunau Bay parking area, and a sandy spot for your towel. Winter months are often less crowded. The Big Island enjoys warm, tropical weather year-round, and dolphins can be spotted all year as well.

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Visiting Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau

Located right next to Honaunau Bay, Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park offers paid parking and facilities for swimmers and snorkelers. The 180-acre (73-hectare) park doesn’t offer water access, but it does have a storied past as a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiians. It was also a royal grounds and remains a powerful site today, where visitors can grab a map and take self-guided tours past wooden sculptures of Hawaiian deities and a sacred temple.

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