Enjoy the peacefulness, beauty and spirit of old Hawaii.
Kealakekua Bay is located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawai’i about 12 miles south of Kailua-Kona. It is a historic location well known for the death of Captain James Cook, the European who made first contact with Native Hawaiians in 1778. Kealakekua Bay (which means Pathway to the Gods) is also one of Hawaii’s most spectacular coral reefs.
Because it is a Marine Life Conservation District, fish are plentiful and swarm over the well-developed reef that slopes steeply from the shore into the nearby deep water. Spinner dolphins and green sea turtles are also commonly seen resting in the Bay. Many adventurous visitors enjoy swimming out to where the Spinner and Bottle-nose dolphins can be seen in the warm waters of Kealakekua Bay where they come to rest and to play with their young!
The reefs make this area an underwater sanctuary, so come enjoy a swim or snorkel in some of the world’s most pristine water. Snorkeling anywhere off the shores of the bay is a wonderful experience. You will see the many of the local reef fish and beautiful coral formations.
is a 10 minute walk south, is a long, white sandy beach that is a common surf spot for the more experienced surfers.
“Pu’uhonua o Honaunau” the “Place of Refuge” is only a 4 mile drive from our location. This is a sacred place that is of great religious and historical value to Hawaiian native culture. This area which is now a state park is also a wonderful place to explore and snorkel or SCUBA dive.
While boats unload tourists along the northern edge near the monument, if you head to the southern point where—nestled among beach houses—you will find the small cove known as Manini Beach. Here, away from the crowds, one can swim and snorkel in solitude. Manini is a small beach— in fact that’s what the name means—and it is set in a small cove on Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook sailed in to restore the sails of his ship.