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Ho'okena Beach Park Snorkeling - Big Island, Hawaii
Pictures and visitor info from a snorkeling trip to Hookena Beach Park located in South Kona, Big Island, Hawaii.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Ho'okena Beach Park is a beautiful "salt and pepper" sand beach located about 23 miles south of the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island of Hawaii.

To reach Ho'okena Beach Park, take Hwy 19 south to Hwy 11 (Hawaii Belt Road) and turn right on Hookena Beach Road just past mile marker # 101. The park is a little over 2 miles from the highway down a narrow curvy road.

If you're using a GPS unit to reach Hookena, set it for the intersection of Hookena Beach Rd and Hwy 11 (a.k.a. Hawaii Belt Road / S. Kona Belt Rd / Mamalahoa Hwy). The park should also be listed in the POI (points of interest) database.

We visited Ho'okena Beach specifically to go snorkeling and admire the local ocean life of Hawaii. There are some interesting coral formations out from the middle of the beach and also along the rocks at the far south (left) end of the beach.

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It's not uncommon to sight pods of dolphins and green sea turtles at Hookena Beach. We weren't fortunate enough to see either type of animal at this beach, but there was an excellent variety of colorful tropical fish in the water.
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Some of the other popular recreational activities at Hookena Beach Park besides snorkeling include camping, kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, sunbathing, picnicking, and boogie boarding.
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To see the rest of my underwater pictures from our snorkeling trip to Hookena Beach Park, visit Page 2 of the gallery by clicking on the "Next" or "Last"  buttons below.

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