Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua Bay
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  • y2says
    Kent, Washington226 contributions
    Tough Hike!
    We hiked down, which took us about 45 minutes. Once there, you'll encounter a beautiful bay with crystal clear water. I forgot my snorkel gear, but my sister-in-law didn't, so she went out and said it was great. It's a destination spot for kayakers and tour boats, so there will be other people around. To enter the water and out is a little tricky as well, so be prepared. Here's the fun part. The hike back up. It's TOUGH! Sign said 2000ft elevation gain, and it's nearly straight up with no switchbacks. You better have good shoes since you'll be on mostly lava rocks, you'll be exposed to the sun most of the time, bring a lot of water, and be in decent shape. I wouldn't hike it again, but will look into a kayak or boat tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Rosemary W
    17 contributions
    Snorkeling with a long long hike
    Good snorkeling. A very long walk to get there. I found going down with the loose lava worse then going up. Do not hike this trail unless you plan on snorkeling. Shocked by the number of people hiking with kids without snorkeling, and then trying to ask the tours to sell them snorkel gear. Be prepared. The mongoose will open your pack, very talented and eat your sandwich. I’m glad we did it, but the snorkeling at 2 step was amazing and a lot less effort to get there. I wouldn’t personally go back
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • hwcgohawks
    Iowa City, Iowa3 contributions
    Love this hike
    This is the second time making the hike. First time was solo. This time I was joined by my wife. I'm 49 years old and in pretty good shape for my age. The hike was much easier for me than 4 years ago due to being able to work out this year. Last time I was coming off a knee injury. It still is not an easy hike. The downhill is more difficult than the return climb. It is shaded for about the first half of the hike. The rest has no shade. It took us about an hour each way but we stopped for pictures/video a few times. The snorkeling at the end is great. I saw a pretty large eel but no dolphins. Beware that there are a lot of loose rocks. It would be very easy to injure a knee or ankle on the rocks. A majority of the hike is over loose terrain. It is a steady decline/incline with pretty much no flat stretches. I worked at the IRONMAN triathlon from 7am to 1 pm the day of our hike so we didn't start until after 2. The heat was fine for us but may not be for others. Take plenty of water and a pair of dry shorts for after you swim. I saw people into their 60's that were making the hike with frequent breaks. We also saw people not make it. It's worth it though
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • kevan j
    Norman, Oklahoma1,436 contributions
    You gotta snorkel on the Big Island!
    The snorkeling here is great. We took a tour in a boat from up the coast rather than make the long hike down. Lots of coral, lots of underwater formations, lots of sea life, clear and peaceful water. We saw lots of fish, including puffers, morays, parrot fish, clown fish, trumpet fish, trigger fish, and lots of sea urchins. Highly recommend.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Tucker W
    Loco, Oklahoma59 contributions
    Loved it and the hike was tough but fun
    Parked at trail head and hiked down. Approximately 2 miles one way. Fairly steep all the way down. Do not hike unless you are fit. Fairly rigorous. Take plenty of water, minimum three to four bottles per. Absolutely the best snorkeling on the big island. Worth the hike. No facilities at top or bottom
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
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Tucker W
Loco, OK59 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Parked at trail head and hiked down. Approximately 2 miles one way. Fairly steep all the way down.

Do not hike unless you are fit. Fairly rigorous. Take plenty of water, minimum three to four bottles per.

Absolutely the best snorkeling on the big island. Worth the hike.

No facilities at top or bottom
Written February 20, 2024
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,436 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
The snorkeling here is great. We took a tour in a boat from up the coast rather than make the long hike down. Lots of coral, lots of underwater formations, lots of sea life, clear and peaceful water. We saw lots of fish, including puffers, morays, parrot fish, clown fish, trumpet fish, trigger fish, and lots of sea urchins. Highly recommend.
Written December 27, 2023
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Corinna H
Winnipeg, Canada505 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Kealakekua Bay may not look all that different at first but once you’re under the water it is literally breathtaking! The different fish around that coral made my heart sing! I could have stayed there all day! We were super fortunate in that there was only a few boats who came before us, and they ALL left about half way through our snorkel. The next boat literally didn’t come until we were getting ready to leave. Please wear reef safe sunscreen in this area especially, because this is an amazing spot that is coming back to life!! I had the very best time here! I can see why some people are willing to hike that crazy trial!
Written November 3, 2023
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hwcgohawks
Iowa City, IA3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is the second time making the hike. First time was solo. This time I was joined by my wife.
I'm 49 years old and in pretty good shape for my age.
The hike was much easier for me than 4 years ago due to being able to work out this year. Last time I was coming off a knee injury. It still is not an easy hike.
The downhill is more difficult than the return climb. It is shaded for about the first half of the hike. The rest has no shade. It took us about an hour each way but we stopped for pictures/video a few times. The snorkeling at the end is great. I saw a pretty large eel but no dolphins.

Beware that there are a lot of loose rocks. It would be very easy to injure a knee or ankle on the rocks. A majority of the hike is over loose terrain. It is a steady decline/incline with pretty much no flat stretches.

I worked at the IRONMAN triathlon from 7am to 1 pm the day of our hike so we didn't start until after 2. The heat was fine for us but may not be for others.

Take plenty of water and a pair of dry shorts for after you swim. I saw people into their 60's that were making the hike with frequent breaks. We also saw people not make it. It's worth it though
Written October 18, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stefanie B
Hannover, Germany45 contributions
Jul 2023
This definitely is a great place for snorkeling. The water is brilliant, the corals and fish are numerous. Also a good place to take underwater-fotos.
Written August 4, 2023
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Rosemary W
17 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Good snorkeling. A very long walk to get there. I found going down with the loose lava worse then going up. Do not hike this trail unless you plan on snorkeling. Shocked by the number of people hiking with kids without snorkeling, and then trying to ask the tours to sell them snorkel gear. Be prepared. The mongoose will open your pack, very talented and eat your sandwich. I’m glad we did it, but the snorkeling at 2 step was amazing and a lot less effort to get there. I wouldn’t personally go back
Written June 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

y2says
Kent, WA226 contributions
May 2023 • Family
We hiked down, which took us about 45 minutes. Once there, you'll encounter a beautiful bay with crystal clear water. I forgot my snorkel gear, but my sister-in-law didn't, so she went out and said it was great. It's a destination spot for kayakers and tour boats, so there will be other people around. To enter the water and out is a little tricky as well, so be prepared. Here's the fun part. The hike back up. It's TOUGH! Sign said 2000ft elevation gain, and it's nearly straight up with no switchbacks. You better have good shoes since you'll be on mostly lava rocks, you'll be exposed to the sun most of the time, bring a lot of water, and be in decent shape. I wouldn't hike it again, but will look into a kayak or boat tour.
Written May 10, 2023
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Rebecca P
Longmont, CO11 contributions
Mar 2023
Excellent snorkeling. Lots of different fish to see. Clear water for nice viewing. No crazy crashing waves in the morning when we went.
Written March 20, 2023
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Paul M
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Friends
Good trip and very helpful crew. It was an open boat so folks should prepare for coverup and sunscreen to minimize sunburn
Written February 22, 2023
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Lenn
Rotterdam, The Netherlands190 contributions
Nov 2022
We loved it a lot here.
We arrived early so the beach was not crowded at all.

Do not miss out on this beach togeter with its goregous view and beatufill blue water.
Written November 19, 2022
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