Keauhou Bay

Phone (808) 323-4322
3.5 stars from 2 reviews
Address End of Kamehameha III Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Small boat harbor, not beachy. Birthplace of King Kamehameha III.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Shady • Parking: Street only
• Good For: Sunsets

Matt Anderson's Take
Keauhou Bay isn't really a place you'd come to for a swim since it's more of a boat harbor than a beach. If you're taking a boat tour to the Captain Cook Monument (see The History of Captain James Cook for more information) then you'll likely be starting your tour here.

Many other boat tours, including the manta ray snorkeling in front of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, start here as well. Keauhou Bay is also the location of the outrigger canoe club.

This place is also very historically significant as it is the birthplace of King Kamehameha III in 1914 and you can see the Kamehameha III Birth Site here as well. The Kauikeaouli (his birth name) stone is maintained by the Daughters of Hawaii.

Swimming isn't recommended here because the ocean floor is very rocky and the place is generally full of boat traffic. It's a good place to come and enjoy the ocean, to launch a boat, or to enjoy a sunset but not much else.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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There are really two reasons to come here. First, you have a boat tour that starts here. Second, you enjoy Hawaiian history and culture and want to see the King Kamehameha III birthsite. It's a nice area and something history buffs will enjoy. For most others, there probably isn't a lot to offer beyond those two things.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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The bay itself is quite beautiful at sunset. Visitors will sometimes bring adult beverages and sit on the dock and chill out. It's located near the Sheraton Hotel and is a well known for all the boat tours that originate here.

We experienced the Dolphin Discoveries tour, which was a fantastic trip on crystal clear water to schools of Dolphins. Memorable if not life changing to watch these creatures interact with each other. The Bay is also known for having fantastic snorkeling.
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