KEALAKEKUA BAY, HAWAII
RENTAL CAR OPTIONS
KONA (KOA) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
We would advise to make sure your vehicle is either front wheel or four weel drive.
Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES
- DEC – 78F/25.5C
- JAN – 77F/25C
- FEB – 77F/25C
- JUN – 80F/26.6C
- JUL – 81F/27.1C
- AUG – 81F/27.1C
- MAR – 77F/25C
- APR – 78F/25.5C
- MAY – 79F/26.1C
- SEPT – 80F/26.6C
- OCT – 81F/27.1C
- NOV – 80F/26.6C
WHAT TO BRING
Here are some basics to consider:
- light comfortable, casual summer clothes
- sandals/water shoes (a few of the ‘beaches’ are black lava rocks and boulders and the sand beaches can get very hot )
- walking/hiking shoes
- small Camelback for water
- swim suit(s)
- large beach towels
- bamboo/straw beach mat
- natural sunscreen (no chemicals please)
- light tunic / t-shirt for after swim – if there is a light breeze
- light raincoat for short afternoon rain shower
- book for light reading during an afternoon or evening
- camera (underwater camera is ideal)
- beach bag/backpack to carry your stuff
NOTE: If you are planning on swimming while in Hawaii, you will most likely want to bring a snorkel, mask, and fins. We cannot express this enough: DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT bring/rent cheap snorkel gear! We have seen to many guests ruin a portion of their vacation because they tried to save a few dollars with renting poor fitting / poor quality equipment, or borrow/buy cheap gear. Everytime this has happened the feedback has always been the same “We should have listened.” PLEASE DO NOT MAKE THEIR MISTAKE YOUR MISTAKE. Bring quality gear that you have pretested prior to your vacation for comfort will greatly improve your overall experience swimming in the bays checking out the marine life. From 30 years of first hand experience here is what we recommend:
Check out http://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/snorkeling-fins.html for more information on different types of fins.
We recommends an Open Foot Fin with Boots. Yes, it is slightly more expensive and worth the investment. This allows you to put the boots on first/last and walk in and out of the water with ease. (a few of the ‘beaches’ are black lava rocks and boulders and the sand beaches can get very hot )
As for Paddle or Split Fins – there is no real difference and it is just a personal preference.
Check out http://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/snorkel.html for more information on snorkels.
We recommend the Dry Snorkel as sometimes with low waves you can get some water down the tube.
Check out http://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/snorkeling-mask.html for more information on masks.
Again this will come down to personal preference. This is something you are best trying before buying to get something that is a comfortable fit for you. A good mask will give you a great experience. A cheap mask will ruin it!
For those who wear glasses, check out this page on prescription masks if contacts are not an option for you. http://www.tropicalsnorkeling.com/prescription-snorkel-mask.html
The average water in Kealakekua Bay and the other area we may swim is about 76 – 81F or 25 – 27C.
If you are someone who gets cold easily, you may consider a surfer’s Rash Guard Swim Shirt. They can protect you from long sun exposure if you do not have a good tan base as you might be out in the water for a few hours and they can hold in a bit of body heat as well. Swim shirts are a personal preference.
If you have access to a local dive shop in your area we would encourage you to start there so you can try out your equipment first. A second option is online and many have great return policies if what your purchased does not fit. For those who arrive a day early into Kona, there are plenty of local dive shops in Kona where you can purchase quality equipment. Because of ease of online shopping and other local competition they do not ‘tourist increase’ their prices.
One of our favorites is www.JackDivingLocker.com in Kona, HI.