Kahalu'u Beach Park

Shore Diving and Snorkeling Site

Kahalu'u Beach Park

Named for the Kahalu’u Bay, and the beach park within it.

 Dive Site Maps:


Kahaluu Dive Site Map, Big Island Hawaii 

Site Briefing: 

  • Accessibility:  Kahalu`u Bay County Beach Park, about five miles South of Kailua-Kona. Large parking lot with an unloading zone near the pavilion.

  • Nearby Facilities:  Restrooms and picnic tables are located in the pavilion. Showers are about 50 feet away, as well as the shave ice truck, which is a great treat on a hot day.

  • Features:  Lots of boulders, depth will be 10-35’. Head South (typically current here), then you can drift back to Surfer’s Rock. Generally, lots of turtles, reef fish and beautiful coral

  • Entry/Exit:  Park in lot and gear up at picnic tables. You can snorkel anywhere inside break wall. If you are diving, enter directly in front of the Lifeguard Station, which is the only sandy area in bay.  Snorkel over shallow reef, heading to the north end of breakwater.  Aim for highest rock, called Surfer’s Rock.  If you turn around and look toward shore you should see the blue roofed church, St. Peter’s.

  • Depths:  0-50’:  Shallow reef inside of bay, but deeper outside of the break wall.

  • Special Concerns:

    • West Swells: Watch out for large west swells, especially outside the break wall and towards the surfing area.

    • Tides: Low tide can be tricky because of the very shallow reef inside the bay.

Site Photos:

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General Info:

  • Check the weather, surf, and tide reports:  Plan ahead for safety

  • Know your limits: Diving and snorkeling from shore means you have minimal help if something goes wrong.  Know your limits, and consider taking a snorkel lesson, a scuba refresher, or book a guided trip to increase you experience before considering diving and snorkeling from shore.

  • Use a Dive Flag:  These are required by law for both scuba and snorkeling and we have them available for rent.

  • Rent gearWe have a full line of rental snorkel and scuba gear, and air and nitrox tank fills.

  • Check Your Gear and Bring Spares:  Whether you rent or own your own gear, inspect it thoroughly before heading to the dive site.  Many are in remote locations, so save yourself the long trip if you forget something.  Jack's Diving Locker is the best dive shop on the island to help restock your save-a-dive kit with spare o-rings, mouthpieces, and tools.

  • Use the Buddy System:  Dive and Snorkel with someone capable of assisting you in an emergency

  • Be Reef Friendly:  Please use reef safe sunscreens, don't stand on the reef, don't touch marine life, and don't feed the fish.

  • Be Respectful of Our Community:  Act with aloha, pick up litter if you find it, and be helpful to others.