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Kealakeakua Bay. The continental shelf drops a fair amount about 50 yards off the coastline, but this is by far one of the best snorkeling spots I've been to. We saw so many varieties of fish, not much by way of pretty coral, but our highlight? Dolphins! Live, playful dolphins.
Spencer Beach Park Hawaii - Popular among families, this North Kohala beach, located a half-hour north of Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona), is well protected by an outside reef, which allows for calm swimming and snorkeling waters on most days. The beach park has picnic pavilions, tables and barbeque grills and is within walking distance of Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site.
Captain Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island. A short kayak paddle across to the monument will yield a memory you'll never forget! Amidst swimming among amazing and beautiful fish, we also swam with dolphins! All it cost was the kayak rental!