Great Snorkeling at "End of the Road" Puako - Big Island
I found great snorkeling at the end of the road at Puako. The afternoon that I arrived back on the Big Island for a vacation, I was snorkeling-deprived. My friends (who were beginning snorkelers) and I (an experienced, "extreme" snorkeler) hurried to the first public access across from the Puako Beach Condos. What a disappointment! Difficult entry and not much, in my opinion, to see in the water.
The next day we drove to the end of the road and parked close to an entry where some divers were going in. Yeah! Some of the best underwater scenery I've seen! Clear water, lots of beautiful fish and deep canyons. My favorite kind of snorkeling. My friends and I did this site several times and loved it.
Beware of conditions, of course. One day local surfers and windsurfers were there for the waves and wind - not good for us snorkelers!