Kahalu’u Bay on the far south end of Kona is one of our favorite snorkeling and playing beaches. The coral reef here has been killed off over the years by too many unaware snorkelers, however a big variety of fish have remained. The fish here seem to be exceptionally unafraid of snorkelers so it is possible to get fantastic close-up views.
The bay itself is protected by a man-made lava rock wall. It is not certain who built the wall, but it is clear that it was build hundreds of years ago. Local legend tells that the Menehune built it. The wall keeps wave action down and makes snorkeling that much safer.
Kahalu’u also has a beginner to intermediate surf break to its north end if you are interested in surfing. Most Kona surf lessons take place here.
Kahalu’u is located just down the street from the Keauhou Shopping Center, which has grocery, movies, and several restaurants.
See more pictures and information about Kahalu’u Bay here.