Snorkeling Hapuna Beach - Middle Coral & Turtles
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.