Best reefs in Island of Hawai'i

Check out the top reefs in Island of Hawai'i, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Kapoho Tide Pools
1. Kapoho Tide Pools
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78 local reviews
Kapoho Tide Pools
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Ron
The Kapoho Tide Pools, about one hour away from Volcano, are one of the most amazing places to snorkel on the…
Lisa
Some of the Best Snorkeling on the Hilo Side of the Big Island. Lots of live reef and a variety of tropical…
Jim And Mercy
A short hike over some boulders and dive in for a great snorkeling experience. This is a reef and habitat…
1. Kapoho Tide Pools
1. Kapoho Tide Pools
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78 local reviews
Kapoho Tide Pools
Ron
Ron
The Kapoho Tide Pools, about one hour away from Volcano, are one of the most amazing places to snorkel on the Big Island. To find them use…
Lisa
Lisa
Some of the Best Snorkeling on the Hilo Side of the Big Island. Lots of live reef and a variety of tropical fish live in this intricate…
Jim And Mercy
Jim And Mercy
A short hike over some boulders and dive in for a great snorkeling experience. This is a reef and habitat restoration project located within…
2. Kahalu’u Beach Park
2. Kahalu’u Beach Park
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98 local reviews
786702 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
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Jaan & Saima
This is a great beginner snorkel spot here, pretty close to the Harbor View Hale. There is always a bunch of…
Damien
Good for beginner snorkelers. Take your reef shoes, fins and goggles, a towel and a picnic. Shaded picnic…
Mei
Known for its great snorkeling, Kahalu'u Beach is a favorite for both the locals and guests. The snorkeling…
2. Kahalu’u Beach Park
2. Kahalu’u Beach Park
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98 local reviews
786702 Ali'i Dr, Kailua-Kona
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
Jaan & Saima
Jaan & Saima
This is a great beginner snorkel spot here, pretty close to the Harbor View Hale. There is always a bunch of people but the reef is pretty…
Damien
Damien
Good for beginner snorkelers. Take your reef shoes, fins and goggles, a towel and a picnic. Shaded picnic tables and restrooms. Fresh…
Mei
Mei
Known for its great snorkeling, Kahalu'u Beach is a favorite for both the locals and guests. The snorkeling beach is a great place to get…
3. Isaac Hale Park
3. Isaac Hale Park
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61 local reviews
13-101 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
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Sophia
Surf park :). Reef break. Mornings are best with less people (earlier the better).
3. Isaac Hale Park
3. Isaac Hale Park
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61 local reviews
13-101 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
Sophia
Sophia
Surf park :). Reef break. Mornings are best with less people (earlier the better).
4. Carlsmith Beach Park
4. Carlsmith Beach Park
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29 local reviews
1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
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Laura And Mike
Most beautiful beach in Hilo! Clear turquoise water and easy metal steps to get in. Often frequented by…
Bob And Sandy
Good beach for snorkeling, just enjoying the water or sun bathing. Lava and a reef protect the inner swimming…
Alan
Sand-bottomed swimming where you are 99% guaranteed to see sea turtles year round-who come in to swim in the…
4. Carlsmith Beach Park
4. Carlsmith Beach Park
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29 local reviews
1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo
Closed · Opens 7:00 AM
+1 808-961-8311
Laura And Mike
Laura And Mike
Most beautiful beach in Hilo! Clear turquoise water and easy metal steps to get in. Often frequented by turtles. Snorkeling is pretty…
Bob And Sandy
Bob And Sandy
Good beach for snorkeling, just enjoying the water or sun bathing. Lava and a reef protect the inner swimming area, making it almost like a…
Alan
Alan
Sand-bottomed swimming where you are 99% guaranteed to see sea turtles year round-who come in to swim in the lagoon protected from open…
5. Mokupapapa Discovery Center
5. Mokupapapa Discovery Center
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19 local reviews
76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 808-933-8180
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Kurtis And Esther
Learn about the nature of this archipelago of incredible islands. Educational facility focused on Hawaiian…
Emily
Free center in downtown Hilo that is dedicated to the Hawaiian reef with an impressive tank of a mock reef…
5. Mokupapapa Discovery Center
5. Mokupapapa Discovery Center
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19 local reviews
76 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo
Closed · Opens Tuesday 9:00 AM
+1 808-933-8180
Kurtis And Esther
Kurtis And Esther
Learn about the nature of this archipelago of incredible islands. Educational facility focused on Hawaiian reefs with an aquarium,…
Emily
Emily
Free center in downtown Hilo that is dedicated to the Hawaiian reef with an impressive tank of a mock reef filled with endemic and…
6. Kealakekua Bay
6. Kealakekua Bay
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36 local reviews
Kealakekua Bay
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Garrett
Enjoy amazing snorkeling, maybe even with dolphins! Access is a little rocky, and you can take kayaking tours…
Buddy
Most recommended place to snorkel, I believe there are many places that have comparable reef, however being so…
Janet
Some of the best shore accessed reef snorkeling in the world, kayaking, swimming, sunsets, hiking down the…
6. Kealakekua Bay
6. Kealakekua Bay
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36 local reviews
Kealakekua Bay
Garrett
Garrett
Enjoy amazing snorkeling, maybe even with dolphins! Access is a little rocky, and you can take kayaking tours if you desire. Bring your own…
Buddy
Buddy
Most recommended place to snorkel, I believe there are many places that have comparable reef, however being so protected the visibility is…
Janet
Janet
Some of the best shore accessed reef snorkeling in the world, kayaking, swimming, sunsets, hiking down the Captain Cook Monument trail; all…
7. Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
7. Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
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28 local reviews
62-3461 Kawaihae Road, Waimea
+1 808-961-8311
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Sherry & David
Spencer Beach Park, Big Island Located south of Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island's northwestern coast,…
Lawrence
Spencer is a nicely kept beach with tennis courts, sand, reef snorkeling, sun bathing, and clean showers. The…
7. Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
7. Samuel M. Spencer Beach Park
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28 local reviews
62-3461 Kawaihae Road, Waimea
+1 808-961-8311
Sherry & David
Sherry & David
Spencer Beach Park, Big Island Located south of Kawaihae Harbor on the Big Island's northwestern coast, Spencer Beach Park offers…
Lawrence
Lawrence
Spencer is a nicely kept beach with tennis courts, sand, reef snorkeling, sun bathing, and clean showers. The Puukohola Helau National…