Snorkeling with Native Hawaiian Fish in Kona
Out of the 24,000 known species of fish in the world, the Hawaiian Islands are home to over 1,100 of them, including 149 endemic (native only to Hawaii) fish species. Some of these fish include the Hawaiian Whitespotted Puffer, Potter’s Angelfish, and the several species of wrass. Surprisingly enough the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua`a or the Hawaiian trigger fish is not an endemic species. There are many places to see these fish on the Big Island, but our favorite place to find them is right in front of our shop at Kahaluu Bay.
Kahaluu Bay is considered the jewel of Kona and there is no question why. With a depth that reaches only six feet in some areas it makes a perfect place for family’s to enjoy the marine life together. At Kahaluu Bay you can find over 40 percent of the endemic species of fish, almost all of the endemic corals and the Hawaiian green sea turtle in just minutes from entering the water.