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Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

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Waimea, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

On this Big Island snorkeling cruise, experience the beauty of the Kohala coast from its colorful reefs to its beaches, as you scan the horizon for splashing dolphins or, in winter, humpback whales. In addition to colorful reef fish, there’s always the chance you could find Hawaiian green sea turtles while snorkeling the pristine coves. Enjoy the attentive, personalized service from your professional captain and crew, who also help serve you lunch, and run the boat’s open bar.
  • Snorkel catamaran cruise along the Big Island's Kohala Coast
  • Visit several pristine snorkeling sites
  • Be fitted for your provided snorkeling gear, ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Come face-to-face with green sea turtles, a variety of tropical fish and coral reefs
  • After snorkeling, eat lunch and enjoy the open bar on board!

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes you to the most wildlife-rich snorkeling spots off the Big Island's Kohala Coast.
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Beers, Wines, and Soft Drinks
Expert captain and crew
Marine Life Briefing and Snorkel Lesson
Gratuities

Departure Point

69-1100 Ku'uali'i Pl, Waimea, HI 96743, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your Big Island snorkeling cruise begins when you’re picked up from your Waikoloa area hotel, where you’ll drive to the port to board a catamaran for the comfortable cruise up the coast.

Depending upon conditions for the day, your professional captain will take you to some of the Big Island’s renowned snorkeling sites, whether it’s Puako, Turtle Bay, 6th Hole, Honoko’ope, Keawa’iki or Crystal Cove.

As you drink in the scenic coastal views, the crew discusses marine life and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales that could splash in front of the bow. The crew will also explain how to use the snorkel gear and some tips for once you’re in the water, and get you fitted with a mask, snorkel, and fins and help you with any adjustments.

When the boat has moored at the snorkeling site, jump in the water to scour the reef for turtles and tropical reef fish, and, depending upon the site for the day, swim ashore to walk along a hidden black-sand beach.

Once safely back aboard the boat, enjoy a tasty deli-style lunch as well as an open bar. On the way back to port, the captain might even let you steer and experience driving the boat, or you can simply relax with a drink on the deck as the breeze blows through your hair.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kohala Coast
After boarding your boat via our shuttle (at Anaeho'omalu Bay) or directly from the dock (at Kawaihae Harbor), enjoy refreshing tropical juices as you explore your vessel. Your Captain will provide a safety briefing as you get underway. The crew will brief you on the marine life you're going to see, and outfit you with snorkel gear. Upon arrival to the site, your crew will help you into the water and even provide a personalized tour of the reef (though you're free to explore with your buddy). When you're done playing in the water, return to the boat and enjoy a deli style lunch buffet and beverages from our complimentary tropical bar. Cruises departing from Anaeho'omalu Bay also include real near-coastal sailing on your return to the bay. Take the helm under the guidance of our experienced captains, or relax on deck and let us do the work!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • If you are staying on the Kohala Coast (Waikoloa area) and require transportation, please list your hotel information in the special requirements field and check-out AND contact the supplier directly to arrange your pick-up time and location.
  • This tour does not pickup in Kona or Keauhou; if you are staying in Kona or Keauhou, you must make your own way to Anaeho'omalu Bay at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort or Kawaihae Harbor for the tour.
  • If you require a wheelchair, please contact supplier prior to reservation confirmation so we can discuss options and vessel limitations with you.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Sports

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast.

Reviews

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Great fun
ejpierson06
, Feb 2020
Staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The group was the perfect size so everyone could have one on one time with the staff.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback about your Snorkel & Whale Watch Adventure Cruise. We're so happy to read that you enjoyed the trip and the service and information provided by our crew. We hope we'll get to share more adventures with you the next time you're in "our neighborhood"! Mahalo and A Hui Hou Kakou
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Kinda expensive for a very ordinary experience
sriram87
, Jan 2020
You will travel with a big group of 50 people, with relatively normal location for snorkeling. You will be 50 feet above the reef, and unless you can dive deep, you don't see anything other than a couple of varieties of fish. Also, you should be able to swim by yourself, or be planned to come with someone who can help out. Since we traveled with our toddler, my wife and I had to take turns to watch after our kid. My wife didn't end up snorkeling at all, since she needed some help from the guides, and they didn't get in the water to help her out.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Aloha, Thanks for taking the time to review your Snorkel Cruise for the Trip Advisor Community (and us). We're very sorry to read that you didn't enjoy the cruise. Our captains choose our snorkel sites each trip from several dozen to optimize snorkeling and marine life viewing, but sometimes weather dictates that we choose a deeper site. This happens more frequently during the winter months, as we're more likely to be experiencing big surf on our side of the island...which means we may have to choose a deeper place to safely moor the boat. Our guides help our guests in the water, as soon as we reach the snorkel site -- we apologize that when your wife was ready to snorkel after watching your toddler, we didn't have a guide available to join her. Again, we're sorry you didn't enjoy the experience but we do hope you'll give us another chance to exceed your expectations the next time you're on the island. Mahalo
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Awesome trip! We had the best...
Susan H
, Aug 2018
Awesome trip! We had the best experience. The crew was so informative. They get in the water and point out things you may otherwise have missed. If you have never snorkeled or if your not a great swimmer. No worries. They make the whole experience easy. Defiantly do this trip if your thinking about it.
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Such a wonderful experience! The...
Amanda B
, Oct 2016
Such a wonderful experience! The crew was knowledgeable, friendly and did everything they could to ensure everyone on board had a great time. I highly recommend this excursion for snorkelers visiting the Big Island especially if you're staying in the Waikoloa area.
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This adventure was very fun..by far the...
Karen P
, Jun 2016
This adventure was very fun..by far the most fun thing we did while we were there!
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We very much enjoyed this tour...
Andrew L
, Mar 2016
We very much enjoyed this tour! Whales, snorkeling and sailing -- what could be better?
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The snorkel tour was really good...
Sue O
, Jan 2016
The snorkel tour was really good. The crew was very knowledgable about the island and the fish. We saw lots of beautiful fish and coral. We even saw whales very close to the boat! Unfortunately, we did not see any turtles. FYI - if you book a tour with this local tour operator, you get discounts on other tours, shops and restaurants in the area. Check out their web site. I wish we knew this in advance.
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Great crew and wonderful experience...
James C
, Oct 2015
Great crew and wonderful experience. Boat was clean and well stocked. Got to see sea turtles and my daughter saw a reef shark! Highly recommend.
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We had such an amazing time! The...
Seth G
, Sep 2015
We had such an amazing time! The guides were a lot of fun, helpful and super nice. It was only my second time snorkeling and they made me feel very safe. I will highly recommend this to all of my friends. Thanks again!
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Beautiful spot to snorkel! The crew and...
Victor Y
, Aug 2015
Beautiful spot to snorkel! The crew and the boat were great. Would go again!
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