Kealakekua Bay is located on the Kona coast of the island of Hawaii about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona.
An historic location well known for the death of Captain James Cook, the European who made first contact with Native Hawaiians in 1778, Kealakekua Bay is also one of Hawaii’s most spectacular coral reefs. Because it is a Marine Life Conservation District, fish are plentiful and swarm over the well developed reef that slopes steeply from the shore into the nearby deep water. Spinner dolphins are also commonly seen splashing, playing and resting in the Bay. A snorkeling adventure in the Bay is likely to include a dolphin or sea turtle encounter! You should be aware that Dolphins, Honu (green sea turtles), and Whales are protected in Hawaiian Waters, so please don’t disturb their activities or try to touch or swim with them.