To swim with sea turtles, bring your fins and mask to Kahaluu Beach Park, located five and a half miles south of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. This spot is a favorite with both locals and visitors and is one of the best places in the state to spot green sea turtles. A freshwater spring that filters through the black-sand beach feeds into Kahaluu's calm ocean bay. The blending of waters stimulates algae growth, which attracts the turtles. Watch them feed in the shallows and then snorkel out to the protective rock reef where hundreds of resident reef fish compete with even more turtles for your attention.
World's Best Islands for Snorkeling
We've ranked the 25 island spots for the best snorkeling in the world, from No. 25 (the Galapagos) to No. 1 (?). See which spots you've already visited for snorkeling and scuba diving, and which spots you want to see next.
by ISLANDS Editors
No. 1: Big Island, Hawaii