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Hawaii’s Marine Life

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The Kona Coast of Hawaii is home to an incredible diversity of marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkelers, divers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Some of the most common marine animals found off the Kona Coast include:

Spinner dolphins: These acrobatic dolphins are known for their ability to leap out of the water and spin in mid-air. They can often be seen in pods of up to 100 individuals.

Humpback whales: Humpback whales migrate to the Kona Coast each winter to breed and give birth. They can be seen from shore or often when on the Hoku Nui on your way to a snorkel tour.

Green sea turtles: Green sea turtles are the most common sea turtle species in Hawaii. They can be seen swimming, basking in the sun, or laying their eggs on beaches along the Kona Coast.  Please keep a distance of at least 10 feet from the turtles.

Manta rays: Manta rays are large, gentle creatures that can be seen feeding on plankton and small fish in the waters off the Kona Coast. They are often seen at night, when they come to the surface to clean their bodies.  The best way to get up close to these amazing creatures in a responsible way, is on Sea Paradise’s manta ray tours.

Reef sharks: Several species of reef sharks can be found in the waters off the Kona Coast, including whitetip reef sharks, blacktip reef sharks, and grey reef sharks. These sharks are typically not aggressive towards humans.

Tropical fish: The waters off the Kona Coast are home to a wide variety of tropical fish, including angelfish, butterflyfish, wrasses, and tangs. These fish are brightly colored and can be seen swimming among the coral reefs.  Sea Paradise snorkel tour is the best way to check out these inhabitants of the Kona Coast.

The marine life off the Kona Coast is a truly unique and special part of Hawaii’s natural heritage. By taking care of our oceans, we can help to ensure that this amazing diversity of life continues to thrive for generations to come.


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