Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Kailua-Kona

(4.3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
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  • Wow, we saw 15 turtles here!!! Although the goal is to stay 20 feet away from the sea turtles, some swam right up to us while we were snorkeling!! Tons of fish, too. If you want a secluded, snorkeling...  more »
  • Great place to relax on an amazing beach with plenty of shade, active rangers, and tons of turtles. We saw at least 10 turtles, great variety of location made for nice pictures! Please stay back from ...  more »
  • Great place to snorkel so many turtles not as many fish or corals but very private and turtles everywhere sunning themselves. But reminder don't get close suppose to be 20 ft away.  more »
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  • Took the 1.5 mile walk down to the ocean. Informative info at the shelter at the beginning, could have used a few more signs along the was explaining what we were seeing. Once at the beach, we saw a number of sea turtles and had a nice walk to the fish pond. Be sure to wear shoes as it was a long hike in sandals on the lava rock path. And, PLEASE!, DO NOT TOUCH THE WILDLIFE!!!
  • Nice beach park for snorkeling, hiking, and turtles. There are maintained trails for easy hiking along the coastline. Access from the Honokohau Harbor near the sailboat club is my favorite entrance or you can access the park from the entrance at the highway. There are park rangers to help answer your questions and can give a brief history of the area. Good shoreline fishing as well.
  • Turtles! This place deserves 5 stars just for all the turtles. We saw 30 turtles in an hour visit. About 10 of them were on the sand, 10 in the shallow water, and 10 swimming in the surf. Your supposed to stay 20 feet away, but in places that's impossible where the beach is less than 10 feet wide and the turtle is in the middle. Just give them as much room as you can.
  • I had a very negative experience with Liesel, the park ranger. My wife and I love the national park system and have been to over 50 national parks. We have collected junior ranger badges from every park we have been to, with the exception of this park. We just got married and were on the island for our honeymoon. This was a once in a lifetime trip and we will not be able to finance a trip here again in the near future. We arrived at the park at 3:30pm. Google maps told us that the park office closed at 5pm even though Liesel told me they close at 4pm. Liesel refused to let us participate in the junior ranger program. Since this is our last night on the island, we may never have another chance. We gave Liesel our word that we would still complete the packet after the park had closed, however, she bureaucratically refused. She was the rudest park ranger and rudest Hawaiian we have met. She was more concerned with gossiping with her fellow ranger than sparking the interest of eager, albeit aged, junior ranger enthusiasts. The national parks should be less concerned with rules and more concerned with a passion for preserving the beauty of the parks. Her actions are disgraceful to the park system. To Liesel: this is a plastic badge for 12 year olds. Obviously we are "too old" to be collecting these but you take your job seriously in the wrong ways. Thanks for being the biggest buzz kill in Hawaii.
  • Stop whining about the Rangers. Park closes at 400 pm. Good facilities, walk to and from beach not the most exciting but petroglyph 's are there if you know where to look. 1.5 hrs to walk the the beach and return. Turtles and fish in the tide pools. Given there isn't too much hiking on this side of the island it substitutes for it. Cheers, British_eh