Snorkeling At Ko Olina

4.5 stars from 4 reviews
Address 92-1185 Aliinui Drive , Kapolei, HI 96707
Snorkeling in Hawaii can be amazing and snorkeling in Ko Olina is no exception.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Kid Activities
• General: Photo Opportunity • Sightseeing: Wildlife
• Tours: Self Guided • Water Activities: Snorkeling

Matt Anderson's Take
Nothing is more relaxing than snorkeling in calm water. It's transcendent and takes you to another world. I love snorkeling in the lagoons at the Ko Olina Resort because the water is relatively safe, though note that there are no lifeguards here.


You're in a protected lagoon that has good circulation to keep the water fresh. If you're staying at Aulani A Disney Resort And Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, or the Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club, then snorkeling at the the lagoons is literally a few feet away.


There is a large variety of tropical fish include Angelfish, Butterflyfish, and the state fish - the Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua'a - Reef Triggerfish. That's a beautiful fish and you'll see lots of them in the lagoons. We haven't seen many eels lately, but if you visit Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Beach Park or snorkel outside the lagoons (which is for experienced snorkelers when the ocean is calm only), you may find some hidden in the reefs.


Even Honu - The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle frequent this area and make appearances in the lagoons. Just remember, sea turtles are now a protected species in Hawaii. You are not allowed to get within a few feet of them, but they are amazing to watch and can occasionally be found in the lagoons.


So if you're staying in the Ko Olina Resort or visiting the resort then give snorkeling a try, assuming the ocean is relatively calm. The main beaches here are Ko Olina Lagoon 1 (Kahola Lagoon), Ko Olina Lagoon 2 (Honu Lagoon), Ko Olina Lagoon 3 (Nai'a Lagoon), and Ko Olina Lagoon 4 (Ulua Lagoon).
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
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Ko Olina is a great place to snorkel and see all sorts of fish.
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Annette W
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 32
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Snorkeling here is very calm the waters are nice and smooth you're not going to get water splashed into your snorkel. However I have only seen a few fish I have never experienced a turtle at this location. It is not the best location if you been snorkeling before. If this is your first snorkeling experience it's perfect because there's enough to look at to get you a taste of what snorkeling is all about without overwhelming you with too much.
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Jennie S
Joined: Mar 2016
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I had the chance to do some snorkeling while I was staying at Disney's Aulani Resort. I had never snorkeled before and it was such a fun experience. The water felt a bit chilly, but I loved seeing the variety of fish. I wanted to touch them, of course, and couldn't, but it was still nice to experience being in their environment. I would definitely go snorkeling again!
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
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I'm always shocked to see how good the snorkeling at Ko'Olina is. Assuming the lagoons are calm, as they often are, the water clarity can be very good.

At the same time, the lagoons are well protected from the open ocean which makes swimming very easy. I'll often see dozens upon dozens of fish, sometimes even schools of around 100 or more fish to swim with here.

Turtles popup on occasion, and it seems like I find these amazing creatures in the lagoons in the morning more often than other times.

If you're staying in Ko'Olina then snorkeling here is not to be missed and a great activity for almost any age.
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