Are you looking for the best turtle beach Kona has? Hawaii is a magical place who’s waters are full of colorful and curious marine life. Many people come to Hawaii in hopes of seeing one of our many sea turtles. The Big Island has many beaches where turtles like to hang out. Here we detail a few of the best turtle beaches on the Big Island of Hawaii. If you are staying in of near the Kona area there are quite a few spots nearby.



Sea Turtle Beaches in Kona:

  • Kaloko Honokohau Harbor Beach North
  • 4 Seasons shore access
  • Kahalu’u beach
  • Kiholo


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Green sea turtles getting cleaned

To learn more about sea turtles and the different kinds check out this blog


How often will you see sea turtles

It depends. Some turtle beach Kona has are often full of turtles and others you will only occasionally see a single turtle if any at all. Here’s a few of the best  beaches where turtles are common. If you visit these turtle aggregation spots you are much more likely to see them. Kona has many nice beaches but if you want to see sea turtles here are a few of the best turtle beach Kona has to offer.


From Shore

These spots are best beaches for people that want to see turtles via shore without having to go in the water. If you don’t want to get wet to see sea turtles. These places are the best Kona turtle beaches on the Big Island.

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Turtles rest at 4 seasons on the rocks to dry out their shells


4 Seasons Beach Access

This is a great coastal walk with an estuary to the north and some nice high-end homes. There are shady trees and a bad ocean entry but lots of turtles! Stop by the Four Seasons gate and ask for beach parking or shore access. They will tell you how to get there or you can just follow this google map point. Once you arrive walk over the bridge and head left onto the sand. From there (the north end of the beach) you will head south along the shore. Eventually you may notice some large black rocks in the sand. These are not rocks they are resting turtles! Please be respectful of these animals as they are endangered and there is a law that requires you keep your distance from them. That being said just use common sense and don’t disturb these poor creatures who are all but helpless on land.


A Green Sea Turtle rests on the rocks at Kaloko-Honokohau park beach


Kaloko-Honokohau Park Beach aka North Harbor Beach

Located directly north of the boat harbor this the closes turtle beach Kona has near town. It’s an off-road walk. It’s located so close to town and all of the action around the harbor it’s usually only a quick detour from your itinerary. The park rangers here enforce the legal requirement that you keep your distance from these creatures. Walk slowly north along the shore and you may see rocks in the sand or on the rocks in the shape of sea turtles. This is probably because they are sea turtles! You will often see turtles in the water munching on the algae covered rocks. Watch out for the slippery algae on the rocks.

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Kaloko Honokohau Beach is located just north of the Harbor and is the closest beach with turtles to the Kona Airport


Kona Boat harbor aka Honokohau Harbor

The boat harbor is a really great place to see turtles because you can easily see them in the water without even having to get wet. The turtles that hang out in the harbor are often residents. They haul up at the North harbor beach and hang out during the day in and around the harbor. If you simply spend a bit of time walking around Kona Snorkel Trips locationyou will likely see one. If there aren’t any around (which is unusual) you can simply stroll around all of the boats in the harbor and you’ll probably come across one eventually.



The turtles like to hang out on the little sand spit island in the middle of the bay. The bay itself is shallow and beautiful due to the sands colors reflecting through the water. The turtles are often there and it’s almost a guaranteed turtle sighting spot on shore. We would not recommend snorkeling here.


In the Water

Snorkeling with sea turtles can be a special moment in your life. These creatures while slow on land can be downright spirited underwater.


One of the more popular snorkel spots. Located 45 minutes south of Kona it’s not the most consistent place to find turtles. They enjoy coming in close to much algae from the rocks and during a high tide they will often come up in to the tide pools to much algae.


Snorkel Beach aka Kahalu’u Beach Park

Turtle sare commonly found in the water here at this popular snorkel beach spot. Maybe because its well protected from the open ocean or maybe because it’s shallow and the algae grows well here. Either way, it’s a great spot not only to snorkel but to see turtles while doing it. See our blog about the best snorkel spots for more on this.


Puako #38

Puako is a well known for its turtle cleaning station hangout area. Located 45 minutes north of Kona the snorkeling is good but it’s probably better as a scuba diving site as most of the turtles seem to like to hang out in the deeper parts of the site more offshore. The coolest thing about this site is the cleaning station where turtles go to get their shells de-fuzzed by reef fish. Possibly the best turtle beach Kona has underwater.



Other Large Critters

Kona is home to so many large ocean animals that most people are completely unaware of. Here’s just a few you can see if you join us on a tour.

Manta Rays

Kona is home to one of the most friendly manta ray populations in the world. Many visitors come to the Big Island just to swim with these magnificent creatures. Check out our blog about the experience. or visit our manta ray snorkel tour page.

Snorkeling with  Manta Rays is one of Kona’s most popular activities



Humpback whales visit Kona on a regular schedule usually showing up in large numbers beginning December and lasting through April. They migrate from Alaska to Hawaii to have calf’s and spend a little vacation time in the warm clear waters off Kona’s shores. Kona snorkel trips runs whale watching trips daily during From December through April.

A humpback whale breaches off the Kona coast of Hawaii on a whale watching trip



Dolphins hunt at night and spend the daytime resting in the bays near shore. We will often spot them as we leave the harbor or along the way to the snorkel site. Regulations are underway to prohibit disturbing them while they rest. Kona Snorkel Trips prides itself on being a dolphin friendly operator offering dolphin viewing only. We feel that dolphin swimming is harmful harassment of the local dolphin populations and we are in support of the marine mammal protection ban. Check out our Kealakekua Bay snorkel trip where we often see dolphins along the way or at the bay itself.