Snorkeling Hapuna Beach - Middle Coral & Turtles

by Ron

The main snorkeling for Hapuna may be on the left or right side, but there is a smallish standalone formation right in the middle of the beach that is worth a peek. We have been to the Big Island twice and on the last trip to Hapuna we were not planning to snorkel but took some swim goggles and took a look there. There were a few fish but there were also a half dozen turtles swimming and feeding there.

I have no idea if that is normal or we just lucked out, but thankfully we had the snorkel gear in the car. This was a great and easy way to watch a good number of turtles in a compact area. My daughter and her friend spent over an hour. It was really neat as they would just circulate around the one coral formation, and not boogie off like they do sometimes in a bay full of coral.

Worth a check if you are there. We were there March, 2011.

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Feb 02, 2012
Excellent Tip
by: Galen & Nicole

Thanks, that is a nice tip for anyone who wants to snorkel at Hapuna, and not an area we have found. The next time we are there we will definitely check it out.

Check out our description of the rest of the snorkeling at Hapuna Beach.

Feb 02, 2012
by: Anonymous

Just to clarify, we could see 2 to 3 turtles at one time, there were half a dozen spread out around the formation.

Dec 01, 2013
Hapuna Beach, Hawaii Island update
by: Amalia M.

Just so you know Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawaii Island now has an entrance fee. Out-of-State Independent Visitor Fee: $5 per visitor vehicle parking or entry fee.

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