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Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

On this Big Island snorkel and submarine experience, combine two Hawaii marine adventures into one hassle-free trip. Begin with a boat ride out into the open sea to spot dolphins with the help of a guide and enjoy a snorkel in the clear waters. Next, board the Atlantis submarine and descend up to 100 feet (30 meters) for a unique perspective on Hawaii's tropical underwater life and coral gardens.
  • Big Island Kona Submarine adventure and snorkel cruise combo
  • Enjoy two Hawaiian marine experiences in one trip, with ease
  • Ride a boat over the waves to spot dolphins and snorkel
  • See Hawaii's underwater world from a unique angle, on a submarine trip
Live narration from onboard guide; audio narration is also available in Japanese
Snorkel gear, instruction and flotation toys.
Lunch
Breakfast
Alcoholic Beverages
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: 75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
2: The Pier, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your adventure begins at the Kailua-Kona pier where you’ll board the submarine, Atlantis, which has been featured in National Geographic television specials for its high-tech journey to the reef. 

As you cruise the depths of the Kona coast, learn how volcanoes shaped this landscape both above as well as below water, and hear why the waters just off the Big Island attract such a wealth of marine life. Over the course of your 35-minute journey, you’ll spot colorful reef fish nibbling on coral and swimming in synchronized schools, and larger fish cruising slowly but surely above the action-packed reef. If you’re lucky, there’s even the chance you could see an eel, lobster, octopus or turtle, and you never know when a passing reef shark might swim in front of the sub.

The adventure continues back above water, where you’ll switch boats and cruise on top of the waves in search of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. These dolphins are year-round residents in Hawaii, and are known as 'spinners' for their ability to leap and do seven rotations above water. Occasionally the dolphins will swim near the boat and play in the wake by the bow, which makes for prime viewing and amazing photos of your Big Island snorkeling adventure.

Next, the snorkeling portion continues in a calm, protected bay by the coast, where you’ll probably recognize many of the fish from your submarine tour that morning. This time, however, you can hear the fish as they nibble on the coral and see them just inches from your face, and it’s an adventurous way to end a day full of fun off the Kona coast. 

Please note: This is a seasonal tour that only operates from April to December. For details on how to book these two tours see 'Additional Info.'
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kailua Pier
Watch for Spinner dolphins that join us frequently along the way to the snorkel site. Guaranteed dolphin sightings or come again FREE! We do not swim with dolphins. This 4.5 hour cruise includes breakfast, BBQ lunch, plenty of shade, cushioned seating, restrooms changing rooms, showers, high-dive platform, 20′ waterslide, about two hours of water time, pristine snorkeling, snorkel gear, Rx masks, snorkel instruction, life vests, inner tubes, flotation station island, water toys, sea-view boards, stand-up paddle boards, noodles and Reef Safe sunscreen. A full-service cash, premium bar is available, offering local spirits, craft beers and blended libations. For the more adventurous, SCUBA diving is available as an upgrade for both certified and beginner divers. Wetsuits and GoPro cameras are available for rent. Just bring a towel and a smile and we’ve got the rest!
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Atlantis Submarines Kona
After snorkeling above the water explore below during an unforgettable 45-minute journey aboard an Atlantis 48-passenger submarine, as featured in National Geographic television specials, where guests explore a 25-acre natural coral reef and its marine inhabitants! Allow Atlantis Submarines to show you the other 96% of Kona you can't see any other way. Treat yourself to Kona's most beautiful and captivating scenery, habitats, and isolated treasures. You'll descend 100 feet into another version of paradise -- one hidden even from the people of Hawaii for centuries. Atlantis Submarines Kona offers a journey aboard a 48-passenger submarine. Guests will discover an 18,000-year-old, 25-acre fringing coral reef, which boasts a vibrant ecosystem. Passengers view coral formations and tropical fish.Headset providing narrations in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish are available upon request at no additional cost. Reservations for this tour are highly recommended.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All tours are in English.
  • Children must be at least 36 inches (91 cm) tall to ride the submarine
  • Passengers must be capable of ascending and descending a near vertical ladder to board the submarine
  • Tour operator reserves the right to substitute vessels, routes and destinations based on vessel operations, weather and sea conditions without notice
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Headsets providing narration on the submarine in Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and Korean are available upon request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Atlantis Adventures Hawaii

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

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kona Submarine Adventure and Snorkel Dolphin Cruise.

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Don't be fooled by the title, you...
Gary S
, Mar 2015
Don't be fooled by the title, you will not swim with dolphins on this trip. We saw 2 different pods though, and even a couple of whales. The snorkeling is in a bay and still worth doing (though NOT for the seasick!) as you see coral and tropical fish, the sub was fun and informative.
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Excellent exploration of coral reef and...
Barbara W
, Mar 2010
Excellent exploration of coral reef and tropical fish. Very comfortable seating for the group. Knowledgeable and humourous guides. Safe.
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