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Directly across the bay is the Captain Cook monument, the best known and most popular snorkeling area, accessible via kayak or hike. A little farther down the road from the Inn is Ke’ei Beach, excellent for body-surfing and boogie boarding and, in the winter (like Manini Beach off Kealakekua Bay, also just a short walk away), surfing.
The sacred City of Refuge National Park is about four miles south and is a beautiful place to explore on foot. To its north lies Two Step, the other most incredible area for snorkeling or diving.
About 20 minutes south is Ho’okena Beach, a beautiful mixed sand beach (lava and coral) which is good for body surfing, swimming, boogie boarding, and general lounging.
The Volcano? The entrance to Volcanoes National Park is about an hour and a half drive (86 miles). On the way there, you’ll pass South Point and Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. The drive is phenomenally scenic, with beautifully winding roads that showcase the natural beauty of the Big Island. The cliffs just past Na’alehu are breathtaking.
Hilo? Hilo is either just over two hours via the southern route through Na’alehu and Volcanoes, or about two and a half to three via the northern Kailua-Kona and Waimea route.
Kailua? The town of Kailua-Kona is about fifteen miles away, but the drive usually takes about half an hour; sometimes more, depending on traffic. One highway around the island makes for friendly, laid-back drivers, but it can also mean slow traffic. We suggest our guests avoid the highway during peak traffic times.
Waimea? Waimea is about an hour from the Inn. But again, this depends on Kailua traffic.