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Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay

Kalaoa, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
  • Visit historic Kealakekua Bay
  • Search for and get in the water with wild dolphins
  • View Humpback whales in winter
  • Cruise the volcanic Kona coast
  • Lunch and snorkeling equipment included
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Bottled water
Light refreshments
Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Lunch (sandwiches, fresh fruit) -if any diet restrictions, please bring food specific to your needs.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (NOT included in this tour. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740)
GoPro rental (upon availability -call to reserve)

Departure Point

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off is NOT included. Please be sure to check-in at Honokohau Marina North Boat Ramp 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide English and Japanese (upon availability)
  • Must be in good health and fit condition, must be able to climb a short ladder
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Must be comfortable in the water, be comfortable using floatation if needed (we have Ride Along option available for non-swimmers)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women in an advanced pregnancy
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems or injuries within the last 3 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hang Loose Boat Tours

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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay ?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay ?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay .
What is the maximum group size during Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay ?
This activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Captain Cook /Kealakekua Bay .

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Traveler Tips

  • "Don't take any other snorkel tour dolphin trip, this one blows them out of the water." See review
  • "A must to add to your to-do list on Big Island!" See review
  • "This is the second time that I have taken this excursion, and it’s truly worth every penny." See review


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Totally worth it!
, Mar 2021
Do it! It was totally worth it! Friendly helpful crews and captain Simon was awesome giving snorkeling and diving tips. Hot shower and snacks / lunch was good too. There were returning customers for 2nd ride and we’ve booked Manta Ray ride with Simon in the evening as well.
All in one experience!
, Feb 2021
This tour group included everything you’ll need for your experience on Hawaii island! Very knowledgeable!!
Do not miss adventure!
, Feb 2021
If It had 10 stars, I would give a Ten. Top notch crew, the best snorkel I have ever had. Great details of whales from crew . Spectacular do not miss the tour, best tour we took!
Great time
, Feb 2021
We saw whales, dolphins, and were able to snorkel along a beautiful reef. Our hosts were knowledgeable and did a great job navigating through the sea
Great Experience
, Feb 2021
Fun experience, saw spinner dolphins, humpback whales, the reef was beautiful! Jacob and Kelley were our tour guides- extremely nice, always asking if we were ok, if anyone needed anything. I would recommend this tour!
Great adventure
, Feb 2021
Jacob. and Kelly were great. Always checking on the passengers if we needed anything. It was awesome experience. We saw whales and dolphins which was exciting. The kids enjoyed snorkeling and saw a lot of fishes. Overall great experience.
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First time snorkeling in Kona
, Feb 2021
The spot we snorkeled in was amazing! Probably the most fish I’ve seen snorkeling thus far! The crew was ok, plenty of snacks and drinks. We weren’t rushed as we snorkeled are all which made it very relaxing.
Fantastic experience!
, Feb 2021
The hosts were friendly, funny and VERY knowledgeable. They kept us well fed and comfortable. We were able to see SO many dolphins, swim with fish at a coral reef and even spotted a humpback wale. We learned a bit about historical sites as well. My kids and I loved it. I can’t recommend it enough!
, Feb 2021
We loved our trip with Jacob and Kelly with Hang Loose they did an awesome job we saw dolphins and whales and loved getting to be in the water with the dolphins what a great trip
Had a blast with the kiddos!!
, Feb 2021
I would definitely recommend this experience!! It’s great for the whole family! We brought my daughters age 4 & 5. The girls did not enjoy putting their face in the water and can’t breath through a snorkel at this point, but there was plenty of activity above the water. The dolphins came right up to us and were very friendly and playful. Watching them jump and spin was incredible, we really enjoyed it!! I would suggest having two people helping when you get the kids off the boat and into the water, we started with the girls on our back (riding piggy back)— that really helped them feel comfortable and gain confidence. I would book this again!

Product code: 8571P2

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