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Kona's Best Snorkel - Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge

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Kailua-Kona, United States
Kona's Best Snorkel - Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


It’s common to spot green sea turtles and spinner dolphins while snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay. This snorkel tour departs Keauhou Bay in the morning to avoid the crowds. Explore the coral gardens with a guide who points out the Captain Cook Monument and Place of Refuge. A tropical lunch, snacks, and beverages are served.
  • Kealakekua Bay snorkel tour including lunch
  • Depart early and spend time in the water without the crowds
  • View sea caves and lava tubes along the Kona coast
  • Search for spinner dolphins and sea turtles with a guide
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Friendly knowledgeable guides
Snacks, fruit, juice and bottled water
Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Flotation Aids included
Gratuities for your crew always appreciated
Please bring towel and cover-up
Use reef safe sunscreen (zinc based is recommended- no oxybenzone and octinoxate. lotion, no spray)

Departure Point

78-7138 Kaleiopapa St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

We launch from the boat ramp dock at KEAUHOU BAY, KAILUA-KONA. Parking is on the street. Walk past boat trailer parking to boat ramp. Look to your right for our crew checking in guests at picnic table next to restrooms. Always allow 20-30 minutes’ drive time from airport or downtown Kailua- Kona.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child under 8
  • Must be under 285lbs
  • Must be comfortable swimming in the ocean
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Electronic Waiver required to be signed prior to tour
  • Must be able to climb up a metal ladder to get back in the boat
  • Our vessels are RHIBS (seating is on a pontoon).
  • Not recommended for travelers with neck problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dolphin Discoveries
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 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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31 Reviews

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Highly recommend
, Oct 2021
The captain was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Snorkeling was great. The snacks and juice were excellent.
Lovely day
, Jul 2021
Both captains were friendly and very knowledgeable. To our surprise we were blessed to see a pod of Pygmy whales on our way back to the dock. Great tour!
Best trip to do in Hawaii!
, Nov 2020
The BEST!!!! They were very personable and a lot of knowledge and information about everything. They went above and beyond to help my 74 yr. old mother! The greatest experience we have had!!! We would recommend that you go with won’t be disappointed.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Aloha Kim. We are so happy that you and your mother were able to join us! We could tell that your mother had such a great time snorkeling! Mahalo nui for such a nice review! Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay on Big Island :)
Hard to find.
, Apr 2019
Hard to find. Just a small sign on a tree where their check in desk is located. I had even emailed them earlier for more detailed directions and I still ended up wandering around the Sheraton and was therefore late to check in. Our Captain, Mike, was very knowledgeable, but made me uncomfortable by how often he was on his phone while steering. I also asked for pointers with the snorkeling equipment and he looked at me like I was from another planet. We never felt rushed and they provided us with plenty of food and beverages. We saw dolphins and a couple people saw a whale.

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