Snorkel, Dive at Pawai Bay

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Pawai Bay is an ex­quis­ite spot for snor­kel­ing and scuba div­ing. A pro­tected marine sanc­tu­ary, the bay is pop­u­lated by more than 600 species of trop­i­cal fish, mo­ray eels, manta rays, green sea tur­tles and the oc­ca­sional dol­phin. Un­der­wa­ter ledges, caves, shal­low shelves and steep dropoffs all add up to an in­ter­est­ing ter­rain fit for ex­plo­ration.

Though it is lo­cated near the old Kona air­port not far from Kailua-Kona, Pawai Bay is not eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, which is one rea­son a lot of peo­ple pay for a seat on a cruise boat equipped with snorkel and div­ing gear.

Body Glove gets you there in style on a state-of-theart, 65-foot cata­ma­ran equipped with fresh­wa­ter show­ers, a 15-foot-high dive plat­form and a 20-foot-long water slide. The com­pany of­fers both snor­kel­ing and div­ing.

Ka­manu Snorkel Sail­ing Char­ters has been tak­ing vis­i­tors to Pawai Bay for 30 years. Ka­manu caters to non-swim­mers and novice snorkel­ers with a wide as­sort­ment of gear car­ried on board the ves­sel. A brief ori­en­ta­tion will be pro­vided be­fore pas­sen­gers en­ter the water.

Kona Boys Beach Shack takes you on a kayak tour along the Kona Coast to this beau­ti­ful bay. Once there, you’ll take in the aquatic sights via a leisurely snorkel. The guides then share the cul­tural and nat­u­ral his­tory of the area with the group.

• Body Glove (800) 551-8911 • Ka­manu Char­ters (808) 329-2021

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