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"Two Step" at Honaunau (City of Refuge)

"Two Step" at Honaunau (City of Refuge)
This was the first place I snorkeled after moving to the island. Wow!  When you first get in the water is 10 - 15 feet but then quickly increases to over 100 feet.  If you are lucky you will see spinner dolphins!
The beach itself is not remarkable and it's a little tricky getting into the water (despite its nickname "2 Step", but once you are in - it is amazing!  If you are not an experienced snorkeler - please don't go in on a rough day! 
If you don't have snorkel gear you can rent from Big Island Divers or Jack's.

Secret Tip: Parking can be crowded so, you may consider parking along the road.  Also on the City of Refuge side there is a boat ramp that makes getting in the water much easier.

Take time to visit Pu'uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park while you are there.
We were there for the last Annual Cultural Festival and even thought we had been there a dozen times before we were in complete awe.  The Hawaii Pacific Parks does an amazing job of cultural research, education and maintenance.

Follow this link to a virtual tour


Additional Info

  • Address: State Hwy 160, Hōnaunau
  • Hours: Sunrise to sunset
  • Kid Friendly: Yes
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Snorkling: Yes
  • Surfing: No

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