The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 5: Snorkeling at Honaunau Bay

Our getaway continues with our favorite snorkeling spot on the Big Island. Come visit our fishy friends!

NOTE: After way too many months without travel, Thor insisted on an R&R escape to Hawaii this April. He’d been keeping on eye on the very careful Covid-19 precautions in the islands, and the testing required before flying there. And now that we’re both fully vaccinated, we took the plunge – literally, for some snorkeling in the healing sea, as well as exploring the Big Island and Kauai. After this detour (series started April 24), I promise I’ll finish up my Virtual Italy Vacation series soon!

In the last couple posts, we toured the Place of Refuge historical park. Conveniently, right next to it is the best snorkeling we found on the Big Island, Honaunau Bay. These god-figure guardians stand along the former grounds of the ali’i aristocrats to remind us that we commoners are not allowed to use this calm canoe (or snorkeling) access to the bay:

Instead, we had to wade in and thread a mazelike entrance through wave surges among shallow lava and coral formations into the deeper bay to enjoy the vibrant sea life. Calm coves and actual beaches are in short supply on this geologically new island pounded by waves. So we kept coming back on different days for the magically clear sea, lovely coral on shallow lava formations dropping into deeper mini-ravines to dive into, and of course the critters!

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The Rambling Writer Visits the Big Island, Hawaii, part 5: Snorkeling at Honaunau Bay — 4 Comments

  1. The water was so clear there. It was wonderful. But there is even better to come.

    • Thanks, Sherwood. Yes, I still marvel at that crystal-clear sea — Some of these photos look almost unreal, as if floating in air.