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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 77%Spiritual Seekers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
User Reviews (9 Reviews)
- Kiholo BaySep 22, 2013
This is my favorite place on the Big Island. If you want to see a lot of turtles - this is the place. Although you must walk about 3/4 of mile from the nearest parking area (either the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway or near the fresh water Queen's Bath), the trip is worth it. The tiny bay features a lava flow on the mauka side, where turtles often pull themselves out of the water to rest, and a gravel and sand beach on the makai side, where turtles lay in the sun all day. The bay is fed by nearby fresh water springs (the only flowing water on the west side of the Big Island). The cold water layer of fresh water (about one foot deep) floats on top of the more dense warm salt water layer. The bay is so narrow, you can swim across it in less than a minute in some places. I love this place because there are rarely more than a half dozen other people there and the turtles are normally numerous; I once saw 57 turtles in a single trip. The other great thing about it is that the water is totally calm inside the bay and you can just swim, float, play or bask in the sun. Also, on the walk to the bay (if you came along the coastline), you will walk or drive by the Queen's Bath, a collapsed lava tube next to the ocean that has filled with fresh water. A short ladder allows you to climb into the Queen's bath and enjoy the refreshing (and sometimes brisk!) fresh water pool just fifty feet from the salt water ocean. Another unique combination that makes the Big Island so special.
- Kiholo BayFirst to ReviewJul 28, 2012
KIHOLO BAY, Located on the BIG ISLAND in upper Kona, this location goes back to the time of King Kamehameha...KIHOLO BAY was the prime location for the Great Kings FISH PONDS.
Wayde's World Hawaii has always been about finding those lost locations few know about and very few if any tourists and vacationers know of this place or how to reach it. To reach this location you will have to hike about one mile on a trail crossing dried lava fields. The trail is a nice little hike that should build a sweat... You will be ready to jump into or kayak the bay to cool off as soon as you reach it. Keep your eyes open for the wild goats that inhabit this trail area. Just prior to reaching the coast, you will pass several beautiful ponds surrounded by palm trees.
Kiholo Bay is beautifully captivating, something out of a dream. The waters are painted a dozen shades of blue and the murky blue comes from the white sanded bottom and the mixing of salt and fresh water. Turtles frequent the shallow waters here and will venture into the fish ponds all times of the day and night, there can be 20-30 Honu at any given time here, an amazing and spiritual site indeed. The huge, spring-fed Ponds Blue waters of Kiholo Bay anchors the south end of the bay, and the three black-pebble beaches are wonderful for swimming in summer.
At the northern end, Wainanali’i Pond (a 5-acre lagoon) is a major feeding site for Honu, Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. The two ponds are off-limits to swimmers, so please respect that for the aina's sake. The Kamehameha fishponds had mostly been destroyed by lava flow of 1859. As you can see the location is mostly barren with Lava flow now, but this has created an amazing and now picture perfect location for those looking to travel down the road less traveled, Wayde's Way. A MUST when visiting the BIG ISLAND!Recommended for:Spiritual Seekers