Honaunau Bay, famously known as “place of Refuge” is a historical village with a $5.00 parking fee. If you opt not to see the village, next door is “Two Step,” a popular diving and snorkel destination, with a boat ramp.
Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park is an archaeological park featuring burial grounds offers self-guided tours of reconstructed villages.
The bay is hailed by many to be the best shore snorkeling and diving in the entire state of Hawaii with deep clear water. For those who enter the water at the notorious Two Step rocks, you will enter into deep blue ocean very quickly ranging in depth from 3 to 30 meters.
The bay is well known for dolphin encounters and other friendly marine mammals. You will probably see the sign about the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins that rest in the bay. The best time to see the dolphins is in the morning hours.