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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Take a Kealakekua Bay snorkeling cruise, and depart from the waters of Keauhou Bay to scour the Kona coastline for dolphins, turtles or, even, whales in the winter months. Upon arrival in Kealakekua Bay, peer overboard at the crystal clear waters that teem with colorful reef fish. After receiving expert instruction and snorkeling equipment onboard, you'll jump in the water to experience some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.32
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

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The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.19
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Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour

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Casually cruise the Kona coastline and snorkel with tropical marine life, as you splash in the waters of Kealakekua Bay on this deluxe Kona snorkeling cruise. Snorkeling equipment is provided on board, and professional instruction makes this Big Island snorkeling cruise a fun-filled family adventure. On the cruise between shore and the snorkeling site, keep your eyes peeled for spinner dolphins, turtles or even manta rays, and enjoy views of volcanic formations along the Kona coast.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$176.03
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Night Manta Ray Adventure

Night Manta Ray Adventure

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Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point. If you don't see manta rays on this excursion, book again for another night--no charge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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Entry Ticket to Hoʻomau-A Mai Grille Luau Show

Entry Ticket to Hoʻomau-A Mai Grille Luau Show

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Join us under the stars for the Big Island’s newest luau show featuring dinner from Mai Grille Restaurant, elected as Best Chef in 2018 by Best Chefʻs America. Our performers will take you through Polynesia stopping at exciting locations like Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand, accompanied by some of the finest drum beats and music on the island. Ia Orana, Talofa and Kia Ora, come with us and experience a Polynesian Luau like never before.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$160.00
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$160.00
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Admission to Royal Kona Luau
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Admission to Royal Kona Luau

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Spend an evening immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with this excursion to the Royal Kona Resort Luau. Choose your ideal time for the outing — the luau occurs four nights a week⁠ — then enjoy a shell lei greeting, a lei workshop, and an Imu ceremony with a delicious roasted pig. Sip Mai-Tais while admiring beautiful views of Kailua Bay.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$130.89
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

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There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to the bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island

Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island

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On this exciting Kona submarine tour, dive deep below the cobalt waters just off the Kona coast, where an entire world of fish and marine creatures is waiting just below the surface. As the submarine descends towards the colorful reef, peer through the portholes at fish that swim to within inches of the submarine windows, and experience the sense of peace and calm in this world beneath the waves. This is a great way to explore underwater without even getting your hair wet, and, if you’re very lucky, there’s even the chance you could see a passing shark.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour

Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour

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Explore Hawaii's active volcano with our GPS driving tour app! Shaka Guide is your perfect companion with turn-by-turn directions, information on what to look for, places to explore, and a truckload of interesting stories and Hawaiian legends of this powerful volcano. Skip the tour bus & explore Big Island at your own pace for a fraction of the cost with the best self-guided audio GPS tours for Hawaii! Rated the #1 best GPS tour app for Hawaii with over 6,000+ raving reviews and 200,000+ downloads. Why you need it: ✅ You don't need service because you can download the tours & use them offline ✅ Much cheaper than a tour bus at only $4.99 for lifetime access ✅ Save time planning your trip because we have the best stops lined up ✅ Freedom to stop and go as you please, unlike a tour bus where you are confined to the pre-determined route (no fun!) ✅ Hear fun stories & great local music along the way
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  • 2 days
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour

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Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views from the old Kohala Mule Station lookout. Rumble through the rugged landscape in an off-road vehicle and hike along the tunnels and aqueducts of a historic sugar plantation. Admire the seven Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade. A picnic lunch and hotel transport are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$204.19
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.11
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Hawaii Island Grand Circle Island Tour

Hawaii Island Grand Circle Island Tour

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This Big Island circle tour hits all the highlights of the stunning Big Island of Hawaii.  While riding in a comfortable minibus, watch out the window as the landscape changes with every bend in the road, from tropical, misty valleys full of ferns to a barren, black lava coast. This Grand Circle island tour includes round-trip transport from Kona, with pickup and drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$180.10
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona

Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona

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Small groups and a short boat ride set our experience apart. Call tour provider directly to confirm availability, seats are limited. 8.0.8 3.1.3 1.1.1.6 You may be asked to move time or date if you have not confirmed availability. Prior swim and snorkeling experience required. Contact tour provider for exceptions. Snorkeling with our beautiful Kona manta rays is an experience you don't want to miss. You will never forget having these gentle giants swim so graceful before your eyes. Our expert captains and in-water guides are pulling out all the stops to make sure you get the best viewing possible. This family run business takes pride in sharing the importance of taking care or our land, ocean, animals, and each other. In order to book this tour; You must be able to independently climb a vertical ladder attached to the boat to exit the water. Not recommended for those who have recently undergone surgery or who may have mobility restrictions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.00
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)

Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)

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In terms of history, scenery, and marine life, there isn’t anywhere on the Big Island of Hawaii that compares to Kealakekua Bay. This protected cove on the island’s west shore is where Captain Cook met his end, and today a memorial stands at the bay to honor the famous explorer. On this guided Big Island kayaking tour, hear the history of Captain Cook as well as surrounding temples, and, after paddling past rugged sea cliffs and caves, snorkel and swim in the clear waters of this Marine Life Conservation District.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.42
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$110.42
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Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed

Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed

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Embark on an evening adventure and swim near Hawaii’s manta rays. Start the tour with a sunset sail on a comfortable trimaran to ‘Manta Ray Village’. After a safety briefing, put on your snorkel gear and spend an hour in the water using a state-of-the-art, lit up flotation device to stay on the water’s surface and observe the manta rays bellow as they feed on plankton. Finally climb aboard the boat and warm up with hot chocolate and snacks as you return to shore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.70
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour

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Make your boat ride a luxurious experience on this snorkeling tour to the South Kona coast. Theater-style seating, arm and headrests, and both a breakfast buffet and barbecue lunch ensure a comfortable cruise, while high-quality snorkel gear for diving off the remote South Kona coast promise sightings of the tropical aquatic life you came to see.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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Set sail down the Kona coastline aboard a trimaran, arriving in the Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve for an afternoon of snorkeling. Splash into the turquoise waters near the Captain Cook Monument, and search for pods of spinner dolphins that frequent the bay. All equipment is provided along with light snacks and reef-safe sunscreen to make the trip convenient.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.73
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument

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This half-day boat cruise takes you to the two best snorkeling sites in Kealakekua Bay: The reef beneath Captain Cook's monument and the underwater lava formations of Red Hill. In addition to breakfast and lunch, your guides provide all necessary equipment, basic snorkeling tips, and identification charts to help you spot fish and dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your camera—the route showcases sweeping views of the Kona coastline.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.82
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Late Night Manta Snorkel

Late Night Manta Snorkel

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Watch the beautiful lights of Kona from our spacious 50’ catamaran, followed by the adventure of a lifetime - snorkeling with the majestic manta rays at night!  Upon arriving, receive an in-depth explanation of one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean.   Join your professional/certified guides in the water as you snorkel with the majestic hahalua (manta rays).  Snorkel equipment, instruction, wetsuits and swim noodles are provided.  Complimentary water, juice, soft drinks, hot cocoa and cookies included.   Guests may purchase beer, wine and cocktails from our full bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.41
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel

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Make the most of your time in port on this Kona shore excursion timed to your cruise's arrival and departure. Get picked up from the port and head out on a sailing adventure to the Captain Cook Monument and Kealkeaua Bay where you can snorkel, swim, and explore caves and lava tubes. Expect to see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, colorful fish, and ancient reefs. Lunch, snacks, and use of snorkeling gear are all included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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Private Manta Ray Snorkel, up to 6 guests

Private Manta Ray Snorkel, up to 6 guests

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Call before purchasing, seats are limited. You may be asked to move time or date if you have not confirmed availability. Online calendar may not reflect seats available to online bookings. Snorkeling with our beautiful Kona manta rays is an experience you don't want to miss. You will never forget having these gentle giants swim so graceful before your eyes. This private charter of up to 6 persons ensures your group gets personal attention.. We are family run business that takes pride in sharing the importance of taking care or our land, ocean, animals, and each other.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$475.00
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

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Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and visit the sea caves during an aqua adventure from Kailua-Kona. Board a boat in Honokohau Harbor to meet your local captain and crew. With a group of 16 people or fewer, travel to a marine life conservation area in Kealakekua Bay, stopping at local landmarks and listening to interesting commentary from your captain on the way. If conditions allow, enter the sea caves, unusual rock formations only accessible by water. Dive in wearing the provided snorkel equipment and look for pods of friendly spinner dolphins, sea turtles, and native tropical fish. Lunch, refreshments, and use of all snorkeling equipment are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$139.00
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2.5 hr Kona Morning Snorkel

2.5 hr Kona Morning Snorkel

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Seats are limited. Online Calendar may not reflect actual availability. Explore the Kona coast with experienced captains and guides. Snorkel Kealakekua Bay home to the Captain Cook Monument, then enjoy fresh fruit and snacks. Keep and eye out for whales, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and more. Our Captains and crew are always eager to share local knowledge and tips. Our new 23 foot RIB has plenty of seating room, lots of dry storage, and extra shade. Boat capacity is 6 persons, Please call for availability before purchasing.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.00
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CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 11:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay

CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 11:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay

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Cruise, Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure at Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument You'll spend time exploring the sea caves and rugged Kona coast as well as snorkel Hawaii's best underwater preserve! This tour takes you to the calmest waters on the big island with the most spectacular snorkeling and enjoyable emerald green and cobalt blue ocean water. You will appreciate the fast boat ride, avoiding the normally long trip from Keauhou Bay to Kealakekua Bay. We bring the snorkel gear and snacks/bottled water. We'll provide snorkeling instruction and flotation noodles for a relaxed snorkel experience. You bring the sunblock, sunglasses, towel and camera! Join us!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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What people are saying about Swimming in Big Island of Hawaii

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Afternoon Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"Getting to the boat was easy , the captain was very knowledgeable about the island and the crew was very helpful. The snorkeling was great and the cruise back was very relaxing."..."
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
"Our travel guide was a super great guy and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed our trip immensely. We enjoyed the volcano sight, the black sand beach. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting this island."..."
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Morning Kealakekua Snorkel Tour
"We did the morning tour and it was fantastic! Awesome professional, helpfully, and friendly crew. Clean boat, nice large bathrooms. Great area to snorkel. Would definitely do again and recommend to anyone. Only thing we missed was not having a non vegan option for the lunch."..."
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Night Manta Ray Adventure
"You cannot come To the Big Island without doing this one in a lifetime experience! The boat was huge compared to other boats at experience. The captain and crew were warm And welcoming. Many of us had trepidation at first going in water but the Crew we calling and humorous and made You feel safe!"..."
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Entry Ticket to Hoʻomau-A Mai Grille Luau Show
"Perfect! Show was amazing, drinks were delicious. The food was pretty good, the host was very entertaining. Our family photos turned out great and my kids had a blast, they were even able to get up and dance off to the side. Glad we chose this luau."..."
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Admission to Royal Kona Luau
"Great food, open bar, amazing show! Loved the dancers, music and fire dance! Well planned. Right at the ocean. Sunset!"..."
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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay
"This trip was amazing from start to finish. We saw dolphins as an extra treat. The crew is very informative and friendly . Good food too! Great trip well worth it !"..."
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Atlantis Submarine Kona - Hawaii Island
"We enjoyed seeing the wrecks, learning about the fish and the "banter" of the host. Also the safety measures were appreciated. I've recommended this tour to people I have met since going."..."
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Big Island - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Driving Tour
"This was one of the best decisions we made on our Hawaii trip. We did several of the Shaka guide driving tours. So much nicer than taking a guided tour in a bus. Very flexible and no technical glitches!"..."
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
"Best thing we did while on the big island! If you like beautiful scenery and to learn about the Hawaiian culture, plants, and animals…go on this tour! We had Taj as a guide and he was great. Very knowledgeable. The swim through the waterfall was fun and refreshing. I would do it again!"..."
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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure
"We had a great time , Captain Chuck An First Mate Elliott were fun an informative. We will continue to use Captain zodiac for all our snorkeling adventures. FYI, this is our fourth trip with Captain Zodiac."..."
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Hawaii Island Grand Circle Island Tour
"Cousin Jeff was very knowledgeable about the island and history. Loved all the stops and felt like we hit all the great places on the island."..."
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Keauhou Manta Ray Night Snorkel in Kailua-Kona
"Great time and amazing experience . They got up so close! Beautiful animals and would highly recommend ."..."
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Kayak Snorkel Capt. Cook Monu. See Dolphin in Kealakekua Bay Big Island (3.5hr)
"Such a cool experience! The tour guide was awesome and super friendly. Overall, we had a great time. I would a hundred percent recommend."..."
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Snorkel with Manta Rays Guaranteed
"An unbelievable experience! The manta rays are so graceful (and huge) and you see them so close! I am so glad that we did not miss this!"..."
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Kona Coast Snorkel Tour
"We have been snorkeling many times, and never enjoyed it as much as with the folds at Fairway. The staff was friendly and competent, and the boat was sparkling-clean. We felt safe and pampered the entire time. I would recommend this tour to everyone, and look forward to booking it again on our next Hawaiian trip."..."
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Afternoon Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"we had the best time with captain Tony and the crew! def do not skip this experience while you’re on the big island! we traveled from Hilo for it and they did not disappoint! Even when I was terrified of snorkeling they were so kind & encouraging - they also tell great stories! Mahalo!"..."
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Deluxe Sail & Snorkel to the Captain Cook Monument
"We had such a great time! Small group experience, food, fun and knowledgeable crew. Highly recommend"..."
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Kona Shore Excursion: Wild Dolphin - Reefs -Sea Caves -Kealakekua Bay Snorkel
"The guide had to delay the trip 2 hours due to personal reason and then had to wait and extra hour before we actually left the dock. Other than that the rest of the experience was completely worth it great experience. We got to see 2 different kinds of dolphins and we even saw a reef shark! Awesome all around"..."
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Private Manta Ray Snorkel, up to 6 guests
"Booking to check in was seamless. Team was super friendly and looking for every detail. Our diver was great and shared a lot on interesting information. Well worth it."..."
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
"The Captain was fantastic! He knew exactly what he was doing. He asked us what we wanted to see and do and then he delivered! Sharks, Dolphins, Whales, and reef snorkeling! Very personable and plenty of contact prior to our trip to ensure the best experience! I would absolutely recommend Kris Henry!"..."
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CAPTAIN COOK SNORKELING CRUISES 11:45am SNORKEL & DOLPHIN TOUR - Kealakekua Bay
"First time snorkeling and it was great! Loved the boat. Didn't get seasick and nor did my kid. Smaller crowd of 15 which was a plus for me."..."

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