Royal Kona Resort

The Best Spots for Snorkeling on the Big Island

When planning a family vacation, it's best to start months beforehand. When you have the entire family in tow, it can cause a lot of unneeded stress trying to get everything together last minute. From booking the room to planning the activities, you want to get everything right down to the last detail and keep your Hawaiian family vacation stress free. When looking for Hawaii resorts all-inclusive packages and trips they may be tough to find, but they do exist, especially when planning a vacation at the Royal Kona Resort in Kailua-Kona.

There is also no shortage of adventures and fun things to do on the Big Island - from being able to see a volcano up close, to hiking the rocky coastline - there is something to do for all ages. Some vacationers may want to give something a try that they have never done before, or take a hometown hobby to an exceptional place to make it even more breathtaking. For those that love snorkeling, there are many places on the island of Hawaii to take a dip, and here we have outlined some of the best.

Those looking for the best in marine life who also want easy access to snorkeling spots should take the following three spots into consideration when planning their vacation:

Kahaluu Beach Park in Kailua-Kona is one of the best spots for novice snorkelers, although more intermediate swimmers will find it just as exciting. This park is just a 20-minute ride from the local airport, and has some of the largest concentrations of fish found on the whole of the Hawaiian Islands.

A big plus about this park is the fact that there are lifeguards on duty. There are also other facilities to make snorkeling more enjoyable - such as restrooms, showers, and picnic tables if you want to have a quick bite while there.

Kealakekua Bay is another exceptional nearby snorkeling spot. Roughly 17 miles from the heart of Kona, this area is also known as "Captain Cook." This area boasts an underwater marine sanctuary and is hands down one of the best spots to snorkel in Hawaii. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when snorkeling here. The deepest part of the bay is across from the parking area. If you park and try to snorkel, you would have to swim roughly a mile and a half to get to the prime snorkeling spot, which can be absolutely exhausting. The best way is to kayak to the area but in order to park your kayak at the monument you need a permit. This is part of why planning ahead is so necessary - simply call (808) 974-6200 to obtain a permit for your personal kayak, or if you are renting a kayak in the area, be sure to ask the rental company for their permit. If they do not have a permit, you cannot use the kayak (and park it) in Kealakekua Bay. There are also snorkeling tours offered in the bay, and novice snorkelers may enjoy this a little more before taking the plunge.

Honaunau Bay, known as the City of Refuge, is another prime Kailua-Kona snorkeling spot. Named by the Travel Channel as one of America's best beaches, while snorkeling here one can see lava reefs as well as dolphins. There is no parking lot, and you must park on the side of the road. There are also no facilities other than porta-potties, so be sure to bring your own food and water. It is best to hit this spot before 10 am, but seeing the dolphins are well worth any inconveniences.

Because a trip of this magnitude takes so much planning, the Royal Kona is one of the Hawaii resorts with all-inclusive packages. Packages do change often for the seasons, but families and couples can always get a combination that includes something like a room with the view at the resort, airfare, and rental car, and in many cases vacationers can add the breakfast buffet or "kids eat free" to the all-inclusive package. Be sure to check these specials before planning your vacation to keep everything in line with your expense budget.

One of the most fascinating spots in Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort wants every vacation to be wonderful. Leave here having had the vacation of your life, with memories that will last a lifetime.