Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

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.


Guide to Exploring around Kahalu'u Beach Park


Top Kahalu'u Beach Park Flight + Hotel Deals

Best Lodging Options Near Kahalu'u Beach Park

See all 1,563 Properties near Kahalu'u Beach Park
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay $143
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

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 10-minute walk of Haleo Luau and Keauhou Bay Beach. Kahalu'u Beach Park and Magic Sands Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Kona Coast Resort
    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 resort 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.

      Penthouse Spectacular Ocean Views Across From Snorkeling Beach Starts at $177/n
      Penthouse Spectacular Ocean Views Across From Snorkeling Beach Starts at $177/n

      Penthouse Spectacular Ocean Views Across From Snorkeling Beach Starts at $177/n

      Kailua-Kona, HI
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

        Ocean View Steps From Kahalu'u Beach Wifi From $156/n
        Ocean View Steps From Kahalu'u Beach Wifi From $156/n

        Ocean View Steps From Kahalu'u Beach Wifi From $156/n

        Kailua-Kona, HI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          Ocean View Wifi Steps to Snorkeling Beach From $156/n
          Ocean View Wifi Steps to Snorkeling Beach From $156/n

          Ocean View Wifi Steps to Snorkeling Beach From $156/n

          Kailua-Kona, HI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Big Island Retreat
            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 2 mi (3 km).

              Stunning Modern Condo Across Street From Turtle Beach, Learn to Snorkel or Surf!
              Stunning Modern Condo Across Street From Turtle Beach, Learn to Snorkel or Surf!

              Stunning Modern Condo Across Street From Turtle Beach, Learn to Snorkel or Surf!

              Kailua-Kona, HI
                 
                0.0 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. Keauhou Bay Beach and Kona Country Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Third Floor Penthouse AC Excellent Views Ocean Walk To Beach
                Third Floor Penthouse AC Excellent Views Ocean Walk To Beach

                Third Floor Penthouse AC Excellent Views Ocean Walk To Beach

                Kailua-Kona, HI
                   
                  0.0 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. Keauhou Bay Beach and Kona Country Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).