One of the wonderful things about living in and visiting Hawaii are the limitless opportunities to slow down and relax … and snorkeling and scuba diving are two of the most beautiful and peaceful activities you can experience on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Snorkelers and divers love it here because the water is so clear – plus, more than 20 percent of the fish in our waters are endemic to Hawaii, meaning you won’t see them anywhere else!
Here along the Kohala Coast, just north of Kailua-Kona, you can rent snorkel gear and journey out right from the beach. “Snorkel Hawaii: The Big Island Guide to the Beaches and Snorkeling of Hawaii” is an excellent resource for snorkelers and beachgoers alike.
It’s also fun to take a snorkel cruise, which gets you off the beaten path (and usually includes lunch!). On a cruise, you’ll likely see fun-loving pods of dolphins, as well as humpback whales, which visit us in the winter months, most often November through March.
World-famous scuba diving
Hawaii is also world-famous for scuba diving, and there are options for all levels. Most operators offer “discover scuba diving” options for beginners, and there are lots of dive charter options for certified divers.
For the adventure of a lifetime, consider a manta ray night dive to experience these gentle giants up close. Most of the trips head out to the dive site right before sunset. The operators set up an underwater “campfire,” which attracts the mantas, who swoop above you sometimes just inches away! Not a diver? Not a problem – most operators offer manta snorkel options on the same trip.
Low airfares and other ways to save
Think Hawaii isn’t in your budget this year? Think again – many of our guests have found incredibly low airfares to Kona recently. Check out Google Flights for current fares, and set up a fare tracker to be notified of great deals!
Remember you can also save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with us at Kohala Coast Properties! From small studios to luxurious villas, we have the perfect one to fit your needs and budget … like the two-bedroom, two-bath units at Vista Waikoloa in Waikoloa Beach Resort!
Places to stay
The vacation rentals at Vista Waikoloa offer everything you need for your perfect Hawaii holiday: spacious layouts, updated décor, comfortable beds, sparkling baths, fully stocked kitchens, and expansive wraparound lanais with beautiful tropical views. The complex boasts a beautiful pool and spa area, fitness facility, and walking paths through lush landscaping.
Located in the heart of Waikoloa Beach Resort, you are convenient to the many resort amenities, including a white sandy beach, two championship golf courses, and the largest selection of shopping and dining options on the Kohala Coast. Just steps from your vacation rental, you can walk along historic footpaths to view petroglyphs, and enjoy local entertainment including live Hawaiian music, hula performances, lei-making, and a weekly farmers’ market.
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