Kahaluu Beach Park is on the Kona
Coast, just south of Holualoa
Bay and north of Kealakekua
Bay, and right on scenic Alii
Drive. It is a small, sheltered cove that is one of the best snorkeling
and diving spots on
the Big Island. Even though this is not a marine conservation district and fishing
is allowed, there is a remarkable variety of colorful tropical fish in its waters.
Kahaluu Beach on the Big Island reveals large schools of sturgeon, soldier fish,
parrot fish, eels, and much more. These fish are so accustomed to snorkelers
that they seem almost tame. Outside the reef that protects the beach, divers
also can see tuna, marlin, sea turtles, and playful dolphins.
The reefs and rock outcroppings make good tide pools and lagoons at low tide,
and Kahaluu Beach on the Big Island is a good family beach both for this reason
and because of the sea wall that keeps the waters calm and the waves gentle.
The entire cove is quite shallow, rarely reaching depths of more than ten feet.
Because of this, the sun can penetrate all the way to the bottom, which produces
the healthiest of coral. Facilities at Kahaluu Beach Park include restrooms
and showers, picnic pavilions and tables, food stalls, equipment rental concessions,
and lifeguards. Additionally, as you are right in the town of Kailua Kona and
on the main part of Alii Drive, there are plenty of other attractions quite
close by, including dining spots, shops, and boutiques.