Looking for a breathtaking beach to visit on the Big Island of Hawaii? Look no further than Two Step beach! This stunning spot is located near the town of Captain Cook and offers amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. In this article, we will provide a guide to this beautiful beach, including directions and tips on what to do while you’re there. So pack your sunscreen and swimsuit and get ready for some serious relaxation!

Honaunau Bays Two Step Beach

Resting on the Big Island of Hawaii’s western side, Two Step Beach holds some of the best snorkeling on the island. With its vast coral reefs and lava rocks, there’s a reason so many come to this destination for both snorkeling and scuba diving.

You can come here for a day to watch snorkelers and divers explore the underwater areas, and you may even get lucky and spot dolphins in the distance. 

If you’re interested in more snorkeling, check out our best reefs for snorkeling on the Big Island!

Snorkeling at Two Step

If you’re only visiting to snorkel make a right turn just before reaching the national park gate and go towards the sea.

Parking is limited so as always, the earlier the better. You can also pay for parking at the $5 lot.

This area of the island usually gets cloudy and overcast later in the day so that gives you another reason to arrive early. While there are no perfect sandy stretches of beach there is smooth rock covering most of it to set up your beach gear.

The bay is shielded from most of the worst waves, but if there are big swells that day it can make entering and exiting the water a bit tougher. Watch out for sea urchins when entering.

Once in and ready to snorkel you will be greeted with shallow reefs and a variety of sea life to watch. If you head further south of the shore you get to see the small canyons, which were formed from ancient lava flows. This is the best spot to witness Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Remember to wear reef-safe sunscreen!

Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

This is an extremely important part of Hawaiian history and is well preserved for that reason. In Hawaiian History, this was a place of refugee for those who broke “kapu”, meaning they broke the sacred rules and laws of their religion. It covers 182 acres and will take a few hours to explore completely. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the area, this should be the #1 destination on your travel itinerary.

Keep in mind this place is historically significant. It is considered rude and inappropriate to show up in dripping wet swim trunks and barely any clothes on. We recommend doing this first thing in the morning, and then cooling off close by at Two Step.

Two Step Beach Tips & Advice

  • Limited Parking, try to get there early
  • No concession stands or food stands
  • Open Daily 7 am – 9 pm
  • There is no public water or showers, bring plenty of drinking water for the day
  • Bring binoculars if you’re interested in dolphin watching

There are a few more nearby attractions such as the Paleaku Gardens or the Painted Church.

Visit Two Step Beach

If you’re looking for a fun day trip to sightsee or snorkel, Two Step beach should be on your radar. It’s a great place to spend some time and see new things, along with learn more about Hawaiian culture and history.

Pack your bags and have a good time! If you have any questions or concerns about your trip to Two Step beach or the surrounding area, reach out to our experienced staff. They are more than happy to assist you.

For unforgettable experiences reach out to KONASTYLE. Contact us at 808-936-1323 for more information and bookings. Dive into adventure today!