Fodor's Expert Review Kealakekua Bay Beach

South Kona Beach Fodor's Choice
Aerial View, Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Gorgeous and undeveloped, this area in the state historical park offers extraordinary vistas and protected swimming. The shoreline is rocky, but the area is surrounded by high green cliffs, creating calm conditions for superb swimming, snorkeling, and diving (beware of jellyfish). Protected Hawaiian spinner dolphins come to rest and escape predators during the day. Captain James Cook first landed in Hawaii here in 1778, but a year later he was killed in a skirmish with Hawaiians, now marked by a monument on the bay's north end. Rocky but walkable trails lead to Hikiau Heiau, a sacred place for the Hawaiian people. Please proceed respectfully and do not walk on it or enter it. Parking is very limited. Be aware of the off-limits area (in case of rockfalls) marked by orange buoys. Amenities: parking (no fee); showers; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; swimming.

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Napoopoo Rd. off Hwy. 11, just south of mile marker 111
Kealakekua, Hawaii  96750, USA

808-961–9544

dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp

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Rate Includes: Free

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