Anett Szaszi for Snorkel Around The World on the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. Join us on our snorkel tours which go to the Captain Cook monument in the world famous Kealakekua Bay.
Located on Hawaii Island’s south coast, Kealakekua Bay is home to Hawaii’s only underwater state park and some of the last thriving reefs. Kealakekua Bay has become known as one of best snorkeling destinations throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Experience Kealakekua Bay with Fair Wind Cruises family owned business who offer fun adventures through to luxurious yachting trips.
Pathway of gods – explore Kealakekua Bay
The bay is a 315-acre Marine Life Conservation District located under 100-foot lava cliff. The bay boasts natural wind protection and remote location offering prime snorkeling conditions with visibility up to 100 feet.
The bay’s waters are full of life and unique things to see. Schools of vibrant tropical fish play hide and seek among techno-color coral architecture and dark fingers of “pillow lava”. Kealakekua Bay is home to marine life found nowhere else in Hawaii such as the flame angelfish and lizard fish. On occasion, you can even see spinner dolphins, Hawaiian green sea turtles and Hawaiian monk seals swimming in the bay.
Don’t forget, you can’t use oxybenzone or octinoxate containing sunscreen in Hawaii that are harmful for the corals. See what are the recommended reef safe sunscreen brands!
The bay holds cultural and historical significance. Kealakekua means “the pathway of the gods” in Hawaiian. It was in this special place that thousands of ancient Hawaiians gathered for an annual celebration honoring their fertility god, Lono-i-ka-makahiki during what is referred to as the makahiki festival.