Keauhou Bay, birthplace of the famed King Kamehameha III, is an ideal place to snorkel, kayak, stand up paddle or even try the Hawaiian sport of Outrigger Canoeing. It is a picturesque, protected harbor filled with boats, surrounded by a coast line of dried lava beds and an excellent spot for viewing whales during the winter.
At night you can kayak to and swim with giant manta rays just outside the bay in front of the Sheraton Hotel. The coastline here is very rocky so it’s not recommended if the surf is big. There are several manta ray dive boats that can take you here as well. Lots of fun highly recommended.
H Bay is a small rocky beach tucked away on the north side of Keauhou Bay. Be careful kayaking in this area. Waves can come out of now where and push you into the rocky coastline. When the surf is really big, there is a nice right breaking wave at the North of H Bay. Advanced surfers only.
There are some impressive sea caves and cliffs just South of Keauhou Bay know as “End of the World” and easily accessible by kayak. When the surf is small and the tide is high, you can jump off of the cliffs here. There are several different places you can jump from depending on how brave you are.
Keauhou Bay is located at the end of Ali’i Drive, just South of Kailua-Kona. You can launch your kayak or stand up paddle board from the Keauhou Bay Harbor. Facilities include public parking, showers, public restrooms.