Two Step is my favorite snorkeling spot on the Big Island. Two naturally created lava steps make getting into the water much easier compared to other snorkeling spots. While getting into the water is usually a breeze, It can be difficult to get out if the ocean is choppy. The sea life at Two Step is abundant. There's plenty of coral, fish, and turtles so be sure to bring your underwater camera. Last time I was there a pod of spinner dolphins decided to swim right up to us. Someone took concrete blocks and spelled out the word "Aloha" on the ocean floor (it has been several years since my last visit to Two Step so I'm not sure if the "Aloha" is still there). Two Step is conveniently located next to the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Historic Site which is definitely a must-see. You'll likely have to pay for parking at the historic site in order to access Two Step so you might as well visit the site while you're at it.
Two Step is my favorite snorkeling spot on the Big Island.
I've gone to Kalaloch at least once a year for as long as I can remember. It's usually not very warm, even in the summer, but it's a beautiful area and there are lots of little places to explore. There's plenty of beach space for everyone and if you're feeling adventurous you can check out the trails to beaches 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6, as well as Ruby Beach, which are all a short drive in either direction from the campsite.
I've gone to Kalaloch at least once a year for as long as I can remember.
Spent a day hiking the lower portion of the trail with some friends. The trail is three miles long, one way, and full of large, loose, rocks so it's important to watch your step. It's mostly an uphill climb but there are plenty of interesting places to stop and take a break if needed. Towards the top of the trail there's a lookout with a gorgeous view of the lake. It's a great spot to have lunch, snap some photos, and enjoy the scenery.
Spent a day hiking the lower portion of the trail with some friends.
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