Sep 20

Kahalu’u Beach Park: Children’s Beach

Kahalu’u Beach Park on the Big Island is the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers which might be why it also goes by the name Children’s Beach.  It is always calm but the entry can be slippery.  For the most part it was very easy to get in the water.  The only down side is the fact that it is fairly shallow so you have to be extra careful not to damage the coral. Children’s Beach is one of the great spots for snorkelers that do not like deeper water in all of Hawaii.  Whitemouth Moray Eel

Kahalu’u Beach Park is about five miles south of Kailua-Kona on Ali’i Dr.  It has a nice size public parking area but it can fill up especially during the weekends.  Karen and I went there three times, always fairly early in the morning in between eight and nine, and it was never really packed.  It started to fill up when we were leaving around eleven.Tropical Fish

We went there on our first day upon arrival to the Big Island after our long flight.  Karen and I could not wait to get the grogginess of the voyage out of our system.  As I was getting into the water I was not watching exactly where I was stepping and I almost stepped on a sea turtle.  I thought it was a large lava rock until it moved.  I called Karen over to see it and made sure I was extra careful from that point on.

There were lots of fish to see at Kahalu’u Beach Park.  We saw everything from large parrotfish to triggerfish there.  Since it can be a much crowed area the coral there is not very pristine.   It also seems that the fish have been hand fed at some time because they would get very close to us.

So, if you are looking for an all natural snorkeling area then this is not the place to go.  If you are looking for a great place to get a feel for snorkeling or just see lots of variety of fish and maybe a chance to see Honu (green sea turtles) then Kahalu’u Beach Park is a wonderful place to start.

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  1. freda phillips

    Looks good. How deep is it where you are taking these pictures. Does it stir up any dirt or cloudiness if you touch the bottom? It looks so clear.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      anywhere from 3 to 10 feet. It was very shallow at this park. The water was very clear, but if your flippers get close to the bottom it does kick up the sand that is there. We also went kind of early in the morning which also helps with the clearity of the water.

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