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Snorkel Sites: North
Ke'e Beach (Ke'e Lagoon)
is north on Hwy 56 to the very end of the road. Beautiful sandy beach fronting raised reef, creating a calm lagoon perfect for snorkeling. Real fishy in the shallows--3' to 8' deep. You got maybe a foot of water over the reef top, then the bottom drops on the southside for some Snorkeling Excellante, but check with the life guard first. As with all north shore locations, THIS SPOT IS BEST IN SUMMER. NEVER MIND IF THE SURF IS BREAKING OVER THE REEF!!#*$%?#!! (Must I, Snorkel Bob, really tell you this?)

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Ha'ena Beach State Park is approx. 9 mi. past Princeville, across from the Dry Cave. I, Snorkel Bob, walk down the beach to the right awhile and enter from the sandy beach. This is TUNNELS. It's flat water, and the outer reef is waaay out there, protecting you, my friends, from freak sets, meaning calm waters even in medium surf conditions.
.3 mi. west of the Dry Cave is a spot called Cannons. The trail leads to the beach through a residential area. BEST IN SUMMER.

Lumahai Beach State Park is 4.8 mi. past Princeville. Look for parked cars on roadside. Look for a beach trail (about 5 minutes) to some groovy rock formations, a solitary beach and clear water. FUNKY HEAVY DANGER IN BIG SURF!
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Anini Beach Kalihiwai Rd. is the first right past the Big Bridge 25-mile marker, approx. .4 mi. Go right onto Kalihiwai Rd. .2 mi., left at Anini Road, then 2.9 mi. to the end of the road. Waves break 300 yards off shore, leaving the long beauteous beach as placid as the water in front of you.

Snorkel Sites: East
Lydgate State Park
Prime for junior or first-time Snorkel Bobbers; it's protected by a stone breakwater, followed up with showers, picnic tables, and BBQ'S. From the airport road (Ahukini), take Hwy. 56 north past the Wailua golf course. Turn right at Leho Rd. Coming from the North, look for the LYDGATE PARK sign just past the Wailua River.

Snorkel Bob's Kapaa
4-734 Kuhio Hwy..
Kapaa, HI 96746

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Snorkel Sites: South
(Southside directions from Koloa town)
Poipu Beach Park
is south on Poipu Rd. Go left at the fork in the road and continue past the Poipu Shopping Center. Turn right on Hoowili Rd. The beach park is across from Brennecke's Restaurant. Easy parking and full facilities. I, Snorkel Bob, enter from the right side of the sandy point.

Koloa Landing is south on Poipu Rd. Go left at the fork in the road, towards Poipu and take your first right on Kapili Rd. Turn right again at the stop sign and go .4 mi. to boat landing. I, Snorkel Bob, enter at the boat ramp and I can snorkel out to either point along the rocky coast line. No facilities.
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Beach House South on Poipu Rd., go right at the fork in the road, toward Spouting Horn (Lawai Rd.). Look for Beachhouse Restaurant on the ocean side of the street. Snorkel the small bay next to the restaurant, entering at the sandy beach area. Many minions of fish live here, even in shallow water. Showers/restrooms are across the road from the beach. Dozens of other spots are known by your fellow snorkelers, whom you will meet on the great snorkel byway. Always ask about the parking , surf, surge, current, visibility, fish life and safety.

Snorkel Bob's Koloa
3236 Poipu Rd.
Koloa, HI

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