Popular Snorkeling Spot Not Located In Park.
Contrary to the advice of many Hawaiʻi Island guidebooks, the popular snorkeling spot, commonly referred to as "Two Step," is not located within the park. Snorkelers are not allowed to enter the water at Keone'ele Cove in the park. This is an important cultural site and the park strives to maintain the cultural landscape. Please respect that this site is important and significant to the Hawaiian people.
Hōnaunau Bay Boat Ramp ("Two Step")
The snorkeling area commonly known as "Two Step" lies outside our park and is managed by the County of Hawaiʻi. A map of the area and information on amenities can be found under Hōnaunau Bay Boat Ramp on the County of Hawaiʻi website.
The access road to the snorkeling area is the one-way public road with a public coastal access sign just before entering the park. The park has a very small parking lot which tends to get full by mid-day. The fees collected at the kiosk are an entrance fee for those intending to visit the sacred grounds of Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau. We ask that those intending to snorkel or sunbathe park their vehicles outside the park gate in order to reserve space and parking stalls for the supporters and visitors to our grounds.
Snorkeling is a fantastic way to explore the underwater world, but it can be dangerous if you aren't paying attention. Please plan a safe snorkeling experience and consider the following safety tips.
For more information on how to plan a safe snorkeling experience, visit the Hawai'i Ocean Safety website.
Last updated: November 7, 2022