Set on the west side of the big Island, Kahaluu is a snorkeling hotspot and one with the largest amount of fish and turtle life in Hawaii. Kahaluu itself is a popular Hawaiian beach park set inside a shallow cove, (most areas are less than 10 ft deep) which makes it ideal for snorkelers of all ages. Another plus of the cove are the large rocks which surround it and keep most waves out, leaving calm, relaxing waters for all beach-goers. The fish at Kahaluu are unique and known for being very friendly and outgoing towards people; they’re known to swim up and around snorkelers frequently. The turtles or “Honu” as they are called by Hawaiians, are a little shyer and prefer to swim on their own; keep your eyes alert though and you can usually catch a glimpse of one swimming along or lying on the rocks.