Kiholo Bay

Explore Kiholo Bay’s diverse beauty, lava rock formations, and marine life on Hawaii’s Big Island. Swim, snorkel, and uncover its rich history.

Kiholo Bay is a Beach located in the city of Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii
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Things to Know About Kiholo Bay

  • Overview: Kiholo Bay, located in Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii, is a unique and diverse beach destination that offers a little bit of everything. This must-see attraction showcases stunning landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and a mix of fresh and saltwater environments.
  • Highlights: The bay’s combination of lava rock formations, ancient ponds, and a calm lagoon set Kiholo Bay apart from other attractions on the Big Island. The mini-island made of lava rock at the heart of the bay adds to its charm.
  • Activities: Visitors can enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the calm lagoon, exploring the tide pools, and watching the abundant marine life, including green sea turtles.
  • Information: Kiholo Bay is open year-round and accessible via a short hike from the parking area. There is no entrance fee, but visitors are advised to respect private property signs in the area. The best time to visit is during the morning hours, when the weather is cooler and the water is calmer.
  • History & Significance: Kiholo Bay was once a Hawaiian fishpond built by King Kamehameha I in 1820. A lava flow from Mauna Loa volcano in 1859 destroyed part of the ancient fishpond, creating the lagoon seen today.
  • Tips & Insights: To make the most of your visit, stop at the Kiholo Bay Scenic Overlook at Mile Marker #82 on Highway 19 for a panoramic view of the bay and coastline. Bring water shoes to navigate the rocky terrain and pack sunscreen, water, and snacks for your trip. Remember to respect the wildlife and their habitats, and avoid touching or disturbing the sea turtles and other marine creatures.

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