Hilo or Kona for snorkeling?

We're in the planning stages of our trip to the Big Island. We love to snorkel. Should we be staying on the Hilo or the Kona side of the island?


The answer certainly would be the Kona side. There are plenty of fish and lots of coral formation on the Hilo side as well but the issue here is the water clarity and visibility and the water safety. Generally speaking the waters on the Hilo side are much rougher and more dangerous. The constant movement of the ocean also stirs the bottom and the visibility is not as good. On the other hand the Kona side of the island is more protected and calm and the visibility is generally excellent. This would be true of most areas between Kealakekua Bay and Waikoloa.

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