Honaunau Bay / Two Steps

Phone (808) 323-4322
5 stars from 5 reviews
Address Honaunau Beach Rd, Captain Cook, HI 96726
A great place for snorkeling or scuba diving.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: BBQ Grills
• Facilities: Concession Stand • Facilities: Lifeguard
• Facilities: Showers • Parking: Fees For Parking
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Scuba Diving
• Good For: Snorkeling • Good For: Sunsets

Matt Anderson's Take
Honaunau Bay is better known as Two Steps from the two natural steps in the lava flow into and out of the water. You'll find Honaunau Bay in the Captain Cook area on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island.


Two Steps is an excellent place for snorkeling when the ocean is calm. Keep in mind that it is a popular place so expect some crowds, especially on weekends.


Don't expect tons of sandy beach here as the bits that are sandy are fairly small and the other parts will be quite rocky but this is more of a snorkeling beach. All of the rocky parts make for some really interesting little tide pools which are fun to look through and explore.


What's also nice is that the coves here are fairly well protected from the open ocean so it can also be a great place to snorkel with kids.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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A really great place to go snorkeling. The waters here are usually quite calm and the visibility can be great.
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Tom C
Joined: Mar 2017
Reviews: 1
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Amazing, simply amazing. My wife is afraid of the water so we walked the shore and still were able to see a number of exotic fish and breathtaking blue water. There is so much to do in this area that you should plan on getting there early and staying late.
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Dave
Joined: Apr 2016
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Visited this bay on our last trip to the Big Island. We went exploring one day and came across it. So glad we did. We had a great time looking out into the ocean! We also saw a beautiful church and a little history behind it. It was the painted church and we'll worth the trip.
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Gina D
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 18
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This "beach" is located next to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau Bay. Excellent snorkel spot and place to explore the tide pools. It gets very crowded past 10 a.m. on any day of the week and free parking is limited. Sandy spots are very small and near the road. Bring water shoes to walk on the lava "beach".

The water clarity is great for snorkeling and fish/turtles abound. Swim out to the shelf and you get away from the crowds and can look into the dark blue abyss.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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Located next to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Honaunau Bay is a favorite for snorkeling and exploring tide pools.

It's a popular beach that can get crowded on weekends, and free parking is limited without a small hike. You can pay for parking at the National Park, or at the parking lot adjacent to the beach. But it's a good family beach with a protected cove which makes it relatively safe for kids. The actual sandy beach sections are small, but that doesn't deter visitors. A good snorkeling beach for families.
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