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Kona’s Underwater Pleasures
For most visitors to Hawaii Island, the Kona region is synonymous with one thing: coffee. But while it’s true that Kona is home to hundreds of coffee plantations (and some of the planet’s most sublime slow-roasted brews), it’s also got plenty going on underwater. In fact, the waters off the Kona coast, sheltered as they are by the looming slopes of Maunaloa, offer some of the island’s calmest and clearest snorkeling. Those who take a dip or a boat ride off Kahaluu Beach Park or Honaunau Bay are likely to spot sea turtles, dolphins, and manta rays, along with masses of corals and vividly colored reef fish. To learn more about snorkeling and diving off Hawaii, the Big Island, visit gohawaii.com/hawaii-island.
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