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Honaunau Bay

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Excellent snorkeling

First began walking through the city of refuge (and parked there as well) before then walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rachel F
Geelong, Australia
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Excellent snorkel spot for beginners....

Known as "2-Step", this snorkel spot is excellent. Easy in and out...great for beginners...you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Escondido, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First began walking through the city of refuge (and parked there as well) before then walking around to the bay with our snorkeling gear. Wear flip flops walking out there because you have to walk over some lava rock which can be hot. Once in...More

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Known as "2-Step", this snorkel spot is excellent. Easy in and out...great for beginners...you literally step down 2 steps on the lava rock into the snorkel spot....or you can enter the water at a small beach nearby. If you have a National Park Pass, park...More

Thank EscoDave
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not go there for snorkeling, just something fun to do. We listened to the ranger give her talk, very interesting and walked around the very well preserved grounds. Not breath taking but fun, something interesting to do. Golden pass works there.

Thank dave4q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The guide books list Honaunau Bay, next to the Place of Refuge, as a “beach” but FYI it’s a lava flow right up to the water - hard to walk on and uncomfortable to sit/lay on. I saw 2 people fall. The snorkeling is fine,...More

Thank Manarola3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been coming to the Big Island many times and we love to snorkel here. While it's always been one of my "go to" places for great snorkeling, this visit wasn't the best we have had. The visability was only about 25 feet where...More

Thank Valerie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd recommend you go to the Place of Refuge first to walk around. The respect the locals have for this site is amazing. The views are gorgeous and you can see fish and turtles from the shore. Two Step is just a short walk away....More

Thank mdigtx
Reviewed 10 September 2018

A very beautiful place full of history. you can take the trail see sea turtle monuments ancients hut and boat a real pleasure

Thank Miamiwally
Reviewed 27 August 2018

We parked at the place of refuge and went snorkelling first at Two step, a couple of minutes walk from the car park. The snorkelling was great with a lot of tropical fishes, the access can be a little tricky so stick to the two...More

Thank chrisandsteph2017
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This was our second visit to Honaunau Bay. The first time we snorkeled and it was amazing. This time we walked the trails through the Place of Refuge and enjoyed the sights. This area is stunning, and to me, the perfect representation of Hawaii. Yes,...More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This is the best snorkeling! No sand to get all over you or your stuff. Relatively easy to get in and out using the "two steps." A large variety of fish close to the shore. More interesting things a little farther out - dolphins, white...More

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24 July 2016|
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Response from Donna M | Reviewed this property |
I have lived 3 miles away for over 3 years and I go for a snorkel almost every day. The ocean can get angry any time of year but November is not yet winter and should be fine. I have never found the need to wear a wetsuit... More
8 February 2015|
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Response from Donna M | Reviewed this property |
No vendors at Honaunau Bay for anything except directions to an ice vendor.
8 February 2015|
Response from Daniel K | Reviewed this property |
Not that I am aware of- best pick up your gear in Kailua-Kona