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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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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.
  • Raft and snorkel adventure on Kealakekua Bay
  • Visit Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook monument
  • Fantastic coastal views
  • Close encounters with tropical marine life
  • Look out for spinner dolphins, green sea turtles, manta rays and humpback whales
  • Explore the geology of Hawaii through lava tubes and sea caves
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Rafting expedition
Use of snorkel equipment including masks and flotation devices
Potato chips, cookies, water & soft drinks. Offered on the 8:00 AM & 12:45 PM tour
Gratuities
Hotel pick up and drop off
Honokohau Small Boat Harbor , Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Captain Zodiac is located in the Honokohau Marina and small boat harbor located approximately 5 miles south of the Kona Airport (3rd traffic light) and approximately 2 miles north of the town of Kailua-Kona ( 2nd traffic light). The harbor entrance (Kealakehe Street) can be found by looking for a sign on the highway marked "HONOKOHAU MARINA" between mile markers 97 and 98. After turning onto Kealakehe Street make your first right and look for a mall with a blue tile roof. Our office is the first in the mall on the right.

This activity will end right where it started.
Teeming with vibrant marine life, the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay off the Kona coast make for an ideal snorkeling destination. Begin your adventure at Honokohau Marina just north of Kailua-Kona, where you’ll meet your captain and climb aboard a 24-foot (7-meter) inflatable Zodiac raft — an agile, rigid-hull vessel used by the US Coast Guard and Navy SEALs.

As you cruise south along the beautiful Kona coastline, learn about the island’s fascinating history as your guide shares local facts and legends. See the Captain Cook monument, where the first European made contact with Hawaii, and keep an eye out for local marine life including spinner dolphins and humpback whales (during winter). Explore the Big Island’s volcanic history as your raft darts in and out of sea caves and past rocky lava tubes. 

Slip on a provided snorkeling mask and fins and plunge into the warm, clear water to swim among schools of electric-colored fish and intricate coral gardens. After approximately 1.5 hours of snorkeling, climb back aboard the raft and refuel with a fresh Hawaiian snack and beverages (or picnic-style lunch on the 10 am departure).   

Continue along the spectacular coastline back to the marina, where your 4- to 5-hour adventure concludes. 

Please note: Due to the bumpy nature of the raft ride, this tour is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions
This is the original rafting company of Hawai'i, with our family run office set up for checking in each of our excursions. Our office allows indoor seating, air conditioning, convenient restrooms, reef safe sunscreen, children entertainment, souvenir shopping and one fluffy friendly golden retriever, if you are missing yours back home.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor
This is the original rafting company of Hawai'i, with our family run office set up for checking in each of our excursions. Our office allows indoor seating, air conditioning, convenient restrooms, reef safe sunscreen, children entertainment, souvenir shopping and one fluffy friendly golden retriever, if you are missing yours back home.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kailua-Kona
Travel down the Kona coast exploring the deep waters of the Pacific ocean looking for any one of our resident dolphin or whales. Making short stops for photo opportunities with views and informative facts about some of our islands volcanoes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve
Hawaii is home to over 85% of coral reefs in America, while on the Big island, Kealakekua Bay is your best opportunities to see one of Hawai'i most spectacular reefs. Enjoy the crystal clear water of Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve where visibility can be 70 to over 100 feet while snorkeling. Snorkel in a well protected bay with over 100 variety of fish in depths of 6 to 50 feet.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Captain Cook Monument
Once everyone is back on the boat and enjoying the snacks, fresh fruit and cold refreshments, the story about Captain Cook and his influence he had on the Hawaiian population and Maritime community will begin.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Since Kealakekua bay is a Marine Sanctuary, our tour is the only eco-friendly way to see the park from our boat without leaving lasting footprints. The hike down to this area is 2 1/2 miles round trip and a 1000 foot drop in elevation, there are no restrooms or safe way to enter the water from shore without causing injury to yourself or the coral reef.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kailua-Kona
On your return journey from Kealakekua Bay travel along the rugged shoreline hugging the coast with our maneuverable Zodiac boats. Listen to the stories of old Hawai'i and how the island was formed while you view different geological features. Our captain and crew are always willing to give out recommendations of places to eat, things to see, or events that are happening around Kona, so don't be afraid to ask.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 112 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Zodiac
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure?
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 Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure?
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 Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure.

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  • "Go on the early tour they get you out there before anybody else." See review
  • "If you’re in Kona, you have to check this out and make sure you ask for Amanda and Bryce!" See review

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star-5
Worth the Money!
Lynda_b
, Aug 2022
This was a fantastic trip. Captain Chuck was very knowledgeable and made the trip exciting. We saw pilot whales and dolphins, lava tubes and sea caves. The snorkeling was excellent.
star-5
One of the most...
Suqi_W
, Jul 2022
One of the most impressive trips I took in Hawaii!!!! Eilliott and Devante are super super talkative and knowledgeable. They showed us everything during the trip to the final destination, it’s not a dolphin tour but we did see a group of dolphins super clear! They keep drinks, chips even fresh fruits on boat. So nice!The snorkeing spot is also perfect, we saw tons of different fishes and reefs. Don’t hesitate!! Book it now! You won’t regret it!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Seeing unexpected marine life is always a great bonus. Thank you for taking time to leave a review and shout out the amazing crew you had. Mahalo!
star-4
Captain Maria was very...
Petra_K
, Jul 2022
Captain Maria was very informative, knowledgeable and funny. We had a great time despite the high, rough surf.
star-5
Best Snorkel Trip
Susan_T
, Jul 2022
Maria and Maya were a great team. We had the best time and learned a lot about Hawaiian history. The snorkeling was great.
star-5
Great for families!!
Laura_M
, Jul 2022
Loved this experience! Captain Darren was fantastic, super knowledgeable, great stories. We took our 4 year old and 8 year old and they had a blast! Perfect amount of time snorkeling. If you have littles I would recommend bringing your own comfy life vest for them. Would definitely recommend this!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Mahalo for joining us on a tour! Kiddos really love the bouncy nature of the boat. Great tip on a comfy lifejacket. We do have lifejackets available at the office, but we're very glad to hear nothing got in the way of the adventure! CZ
star-5
Captain Zodiac
Scott_S
, Jun 2022
We loved it and are very glad we chose to go this way! We got to snorkel before everyone else got there. We saw dolphins, got close to lava tubes, and even got to cliff jump. Guides were fantastic!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best snorkeling trip
Lan_L
, Jun 2022
We loved the type of boat. It was so fast and maneuverable. My son enjoyed the Dad jokes and we enjoyed some of the history on the way back. Snack was perfect! We even got to see the dolphins breach the surface!
star-4
Perfect day!
Sara_M
, May 2022
Awesome Captain and crew - kind, helpful and full of fun facts. Snorkeling, sea caves, dolphins and an exciting ride made for a perfect day. No better way to experience K Bay.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We think so too! Kealakekua bay is a must see on your vacation. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and got to see the island from a different perspective. It truly is a great way to see the coast, island, marine life, underwater world all in one tour. Hope you come back and see us again.
star-5
Snorkel + Amazing experience = Memories
Matthew_F
, May 2022
Crew was great, fun, and lively. Opted for this over a catamaran. Smaller and more flexible allowed us to see some awesome caves, turtles, and about 50 dolphins. The water was so clear and the snorkel was amazing. I would totally do this again with my family. Highly recommend!!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Two way different experiences from our Zodiac to the catamaran. We are glad you went for the adventure ride as we can get in really close and personal with the coastline, like you said. We are happy that you had a great time and hope to see you again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Captain elliott and guide...
Jonathan_I
, May 2022
Captain elliott and guide maya Snorkeling was amazing adventure. I would definitly recommand to do it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Sounds perfect recommend away. We love having word of mouth guest come by and let us know why they booked. Hope you are able to come back yourself and go out with us again on a snorkel tour.
star-5
Snorkeling adventure
Raylene_W
, May 2022
The whole trip was excellent. Especially liked being able to observe several bird species including the Burrowing Parakeets. Seen lots of wonderful fish species.
star-5
Awesome
Christopher_M
, Apr 2022
Captain Chuck was amazing. This is such a better experience then the large boats. You get history, excitement, and a more personal experience.
star-5
Travels to Super Secret Places
Christine_G
, Apr 2022
Captain Rick and Devante were fun hosts who made the trip that much more special. Getting out on the 8am tour was great as we missed the masses who descended on crystal cove. The best part, besides the banter and the snorkeling, was riding in the zodiac. We loved the speed and the little stops in super secret places. We would definitely go again!! However, we are still trying to find Devante’s Famous TikTok videos…😂😂 Thank you again for a great time!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Don’t hesitate, book it.
Kevin_M
, Dec 2021
Captain shaggy & Aryn were amazing. Awesome trip, we saw tons of fish, had snacks, and a ton of fun. The guides were awesome. On our way back we saw dolphins, hammer head shark, and whales in the deep ocean. The whale even came right under our boat which was very special and it will be an adventure I’ll always remember. Definitely recommend this.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Yeah for Captain Shaggy and Aryn, giving you guys a wonderful snorkel tour to Kealakekua bay. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you again.
star-5
A must do!
Isabelle_N
, Dec 2021
Awesome excursion! The crew were so kind and told us really interesting facts about the places we visited. The snorkeling site was AMAZING! Super clear waters with incredible variety of sea creatures.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
So happy that you fully enjoyed our snorkel tour to Kealakekua bay. We hope to see you again or anyone you might know coming to Hawaii, please send them our way! Mahalo
star-5
Wonderful afternoon!
Christy_M
, Dec 2021
Beautiful water! Knowledgeable guides! Delicious snacks! Saw many dolphins and stingrays. Would definitely book this again!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Sounds like a good plan! We would love to see you all again for a snorkeling tour and show you many more thing along the way.
star-5
We had an amazing time....
Prachi_M
, Dec 2021
We had an amazing time. Captain Rick and captain Elliott were amazing! We had 1 person who was snorkeling for the first time and both captains were great.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
So glad you guys had a great time on our snorkeling tour even with a first timer. We always love having them have a great time in the water, it is very rewarding to get them comfortable in the water. Hope to see you all again in Kona.
star-5
Great snorkeling location
Yu_G
, Nov 2021
Captain Chuck was super nice. He prepared snacks and beverages for us. I had a great time snorkeling there.
star-5
Great snorkeling and boat tour
Lisa_K
, Oct 2021
I liked Captain Shaggy’s interesting and historical narrative of the different areas along the Kona coast. Was also very happy we got to see pilot whales and spinner dolphins! We also appreciated the stops along the way back to the harbor to check out the sea arches. And the fresh pineapple was also a great idea for after the snorkeling 😃 Elliott was also a great part of the crew and helped make our experience enjoyable 🤙🏽
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The history and stories along the coastline on the way to and from Kealakekua are so special! Sounds like you guys had an all around great day! Thanks for letting everyone know, we hope to see you again someday!
star-5
Fun and much better option then large boats
Tigran_S
, Oct 2021
Great fun ride with great crew. Stories were great and boat was very fun and safe. We had kids that were 5 years old up to grandmother at 75
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Fun for all ages who crave some adventure! We are glad to hear your snorkeling trip went well. Kealakekua bay and our entire coastline is so full of interesting stories.

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