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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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Kalaoa, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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

Departure Point

Honokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

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 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 112 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure.

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  • "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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EXCELLENT!
kevinZ9334KO
, Sep 2019
This was the most fun my family had on our trip. My 13, 11, and 7 year old loved this adventure. Amanda and Bryce made it even better with their humor and knowledge of Hawaii culture. We saw whales, snorkeled, and took a dip in the middle of the pacific! Only advice I can give, is don’t jump in with your sunglasses on. If you’re in Kona, you have to check this out and make sure you ask for Amanda and Bryce!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Aloha Kevin, Thank you for the nice review! Great advice on removing the sunglasses before jumping in ;)
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Whale Shark Sighting
Scoremann
, Mar 2019
JC and Davante showed us a great time. Being in the Zodiac allowed us to get up close to a whale shark. Something you can’t do on the bigger boats.
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So fun!!
larisaagb
, Jan 2019
I loved this excursion!! The Zodiac raft was a fun way to get to the snorkeling and our captain and first mate were awesome! (Rick and Devonte) We even saw the trifecta - dolphins whales and sharks!! 10/10
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Such a fun ride on the way to...
Valerie H
, Jul 2018
Such a fun ride on the way to snorkeling! The guide went out of his way to help us spot whales on the way that is not on the agenda Lunch was good, boat driver was asweome I hightly recommend this one!
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We go every year with our...
Sandy P
, Nov 2017
We go every year with our grandchildren. This was our fourth trip. Its always fun and we always see dolphins.
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What an incredible experience...
Angie
, Nov 2016
What an incredible experience! Captain Collin and Sharon were great. We saw two types of dolphins and some whales along the way. The snorkeling was impressive too. We got waaaaay more for our money! Highly recommend Zodiac tours!
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Rick and Buddha were our guides, and...
Neal C
, Sep 2016
Rick and Buddha were our guides, and are skilled, intimately knowledgable, and ridiculously funny. We saw things the other boats missed like resting baby sharks and Rick made sure we got to Captain Cook before the ret of the boats so we had unfettered access and perfectly transparent water. The people in our boat were clearly having a LOT more fun than the other tours as well. This was our first activity of the vacation and was a great kickoff. The Zodiac is enormous fun, like a motorcycle!
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Only good things to say about this...
Cheryl L H
, Jul 2016
Only good things to say about this tour. Had a great time!
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Very good, but some things were not...
buniot
, Jul 2016
Very good, but some things were not as anticipated. Chris was great, snorkeling was great! I thought caves were played up too much...not really caves imo. I pictured going inside them. It is really just a cliff side. Food should be more than chips and fruit. Add something like a half sandwich per person. Good trip in general, but don't sell it as caves...
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This was the first thing we did when...
Andrew A
, Jul 2016
This was the first thing we did when we arrived in Hawaii last week. Our captain was professional, knowledgeable about the area and he was fun to be with. His assistant was also a blast to be around. Our trip started out quickly with a couple of stops to be among dolphins who were returning from feeding all night. We attempted to find some whales but nature being fickle didn't produce any for us to see. We then proceeded to a very nice quiet area to do some snorkeling. The water was crystal clear and protected from the wind and waves further out. Riding on the boat is fun especially out in the open ocean. Lots of bumps and bounces. Our captain was nice enough to stop several times to let everyone take a break and to release their death grip on the safety handles. : Just a word to the wise, if you have back or neck troubles I don't recommend this mostly due to the bumps and how the boat is unforgiving on passing that feeling onto the passengers. I do, however, recommend this to anyone who can get down there and experience this adventure. It was a blast and even though I have already done it once, I will do it again during the next visit.
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