Kona Snorkeling - Beat the Crowd to Kealakekua Bay 5 reviews
Big Island of Hawaii, United States

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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
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Activity Highlights

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.

Stop At:

• Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy Suite 16, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708
• Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, off Highway 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
• Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
• Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve, Island of Hawaii, HI
• The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI
• Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Puuhonua Rd, 82-6099 Puuhonua Rd, Island of Hawaii, HI
• Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Activity Details
Skim across the waves on an exciting Big Island Zodiac tour to Kealakekua Bay, site of the Captain Cook monument and Hawaii's finest marine sanctuary. Snorkel with a rainbow of tropical fish among beautiful coral gardens in the bay's clear, crystal waters. Enjoy the delightful picnic snack provided before you head out again. Our Zodiac rafts allow us to hug the shoreline and get into areas where other boats can't. Join us to explore vast sea caves, lava tubes and the rugged beauty of the coastline.
Departure & Return
Departure PointHonokohau Small Boat Harbor, Kalaoa, HI 96740, USA Departure Time10:00 AM
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Snorkel masks, fins and flotation devices
  • Turkey sandwiches (vegan and vegetarian upon request)
  • Snack on chips, cookies, soft drinks and water
  • Reef Safe Sunscreen available in the office before the trip
  • Extra time to view resident marine mammals like dolphins and whales
  • We no longer offer single use plastic bottles, please bring a reusable water bottle
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for participants with back or neck problems
  • We apologize ahead of time but due to the bouncy nature, pregnant individuals are not allowed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 112 travelers
  • 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
  • Due to current travel restrictions, all guests must show proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your plane. If no test, show evidence of your arrival to Hawaii Island at least 14 days prior to the day of your tour.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews

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  • Sea life galore and beautiful coral await your visit to Captain Cook! The water visibility was incredible and there was SO much to see. The captains really made me feel comfortable and at ease while in the water (they are certified life guards), and they are a great resource about the sea creatures we encountered. The history they shared about the area really enriched the whole experience. This your is well worth the money and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • JC and Ari were great crew. Very knowledgeable and interesting stories. Stopped boat to watch a marlin “almost” get reeled in, exciting! Snorkel spot was perfect. Plenty of time. Good snacks.

  • Highlight of our trip! We saw two different kinds of dolphins plus whales! Chuck sped our boat up so that the dolphins could play in the wake of our boat – so amazing to see the dolphins flying through the air behind our boat in our wake! The snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay is world class - our drivers Chuck and Cameron were fun and so knowledgeable about the history of the island - they took us on a super fun, fast zodiac ride along the Kona Coast stopping now and then to share stories about the cool sites we were seeing - we learned about Captain Cooke, Madame Pele, lava tubes, the history of the Big Island, we discovered a beach where we could see turtles, we discovered a spot where we could jump off the cliffs - it was an amazing day!

  • The guides/captains were great. Learned a lot about the history of the island and the wildlife. Beautiful scenery

  • Loved our Captain Zodiac tour with Chuck and Elliot. It was a great trip from the time we signed up. Arrived at the office to find a very friendly lady to help us out.

    The tour itself is more of an adventure option than a lazy sail and we loved it for that reason. Chuck and Elliot were knowledgeable and SO easy going, making sure everyone had a great time.

    Captain Cook snorkeling was amazing. I have never seen such a variety of fish and got to see the many dolphin close by.

    Other folks on our boat were on their second trip out! Kudos to that team. We look forward to seeing you again!

  • The description says bumpy ride and they aren’t. kidding. We were seated at the front for the ride out to the reef and it was brutal. Coming back we realized the back would be better and it was. I wish the captain had given this information in advance so we could have made a choice. My butt is bruised! We chose this option because our kids are prone to sea sickness so a larger boat wouldn’t be a good option for us. We didn’t feel seasick so that is a plus. The sunscreen the offer did not work for us. I tried the brand in the past and got burned. This was no different. I should have followed my instinct and used the reef friendly sunscreen I brought with me but the lady said I couldn’t. Other people didn’t listen and used their own anyways. We reapplied many times (at least four times during the 5 hours, meaning we were applying every hour liberally!) and still got burned pretty badly. Aside from the bruises and burns the tour was good. Snorkeling was good and lunch was good. Overall, I would not do this tour again. If I had to go again I would ride near the captain and use my own sunscreen.

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