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Address: Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Snorkel,scuba, or swim.

This is THE place to snorkel and scuba, one that has easy access, but do watch the ocean, in the winter, it can suddenly become rough and difficult to exit. Beautiful, colorful... read more

Reviewed 15 March 2017
Miriahm D
Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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906 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is THE place to snorkel and scuba, one that has easy access, but do watch the ocean, in the winter, it can suddenly become rough and difficult to exit. Beautiful, colorful fish abound(usually). Bring what you need, there are no shops or stands. This is a rocky beach, not a sandy beach, water entry from a concrete wall.

1 Thank Miriahm D
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I love this funky place. It's the embarcadero for the trains that used to deliver sugar to the ships waiting off shore. If you are looking for a crescent shaped beach with golden sand this ain't it. But it's a locals sunset hangout, a great place to launch yourself off the concrete wall and take in the sunset. Bring your... More 

1 Thank glazedover62
Peru, Indiana
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595 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

We spent the day beach hopping, and this was another one of the "gems" that kept popping up. A somewhat secluded area (despite its easy access and nearness to the road), with great waves breaking on the rocky shore line. Even on a weekend, there were few people around; and the 1930s railroad building just added to the sense of... More 

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Thebes, Illinois
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160 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We stopped in to look for whales as we were making our way down the coast. We saw a few, nearer than we had seen them elsewhere that day. The beach was sparsely populated, with a couple of snorkelers in the water and a few swimmers at the far end of the beach.

1 Thank Shapley_Hunter
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147 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Been here many time to scuba dive. Great site with an easy entry for either snorkelling or diving. Bonus is the warm water shower to rinse off after.

1 Thank Ken G
Allen, Texas
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286 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a very easy spot to get into the water and begin snorkeling or scuba. The site is an abandoned wharf from years gone by. The state has fastened a very sturdy stainless steel ladder to the concrete which makes it very easy to get in and out with fins. The site is full of yellow tang and angel... More 

3 Thank plschilt
Minturn, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

I am not sure if there are issues with exposure to currents and waves here on a normal day, but on a clear, calm day in June, this is, by far, the best snorkeling on the entire Kohala Coast. Obviously, the protected Northern wall will be nice, but it is also very nice 30 meters south of the wall and... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

We drove to this site from our hotel. It was awesome. You can drive right up to the water, get your gear on and go. The water was calm and clear. We saw abundant fish of all colors. The ladder to get into the water is a bit dicy, but is usefull.

3 Thank MrMagoo_11
Waikoloa, Hawaii
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188 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

Mahukona was once a port, with a railway bringing sugarcane from Kohala. It's now a oool swimming hole, with fun little trails to hidden beaches and camping and fishing spots. Enjoy!

3 Thank GlobalTutu
Portland, Oregon
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142 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

This old, abandoned sugar plant is now a terrific harbor for snorkeling. There is a slippery ladder into a protected inlet, with sometimes big waves crashing in so be careful. Once in the water, you'll enjoy seeing a lot of aquatic life, and the bottom of the harbor has some old shipping equipment covered in coral. Probably best for those... More 

2 Thank Rich M

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