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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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

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.

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.

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 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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Traveler Tips


  • "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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Fantastic
Leslie_C
, Aug 2021
We had a great time , Captain Chuck An First Mate Elliott were fun an informative. We will continue to use Captain zodiac for all our snorkeling adventures. FYI, this is our fourth trip with Captain Zodiac.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
We love having returning guests!! Four trips with us is great and that you still find the snorkel tours enjoyable! Every one of our tours might have the same itinerary but the captains make all the difference. We appreciate you for being a returning guest and can't wait for your next visit!!
star-5
The Highlight of our Hawaiian vacation!
Michelle_C
, Aug 2021
This was the highlight of our week in Hawaii! I loved the “small group” outing on the ocean. Rick and Devante’ were the absolute best tour guides and made sure we had a fabulous day! It was literally like snorkeling in a giant aquarium. Hundreds of sea life —right in our face!!. Thanks again for such a wonderful experience!
star-5
Awesome trip
Sue
, Aug 2021
Super fun zodiac! Got to the monument early and got a great jump on the crowds. Excellent crew! Very attentive, helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Early bird!! We don't always get that lucky on the 8am as that is the most popular timing for tours but so happy you got some time to yourselves while on the snorkel tour to Kealakekua Bay.
star-5
Stellar!
Adam_L
, Jul 2021
Love the tour and the fact that we were out in an open about Dre was amazing we had an absolutely wonderful time and the best part of the trip was learning about the local legends lore and history from knowledgeable folks
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review! So happy to hear the am snorkel tour down to Kealakekua bay help you enjoy your vacation to Hawaii. It really makes a difference and we absolutely love hearing what each persons favorite part was!
star-5
Super Awesome Adventure!
Sharon_B
, Jul 2021
We had the best time on our snorkeling adventure yesterday! Our tour guides were so informative and friendly! Would definitely recommend to friends and we look forward to doing it again sometime in the future. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Please and thank you for recommending us!! We would love to share more of the Kona coast with Hawaii visitors. Glad you had a memorable time with us and your Crew members! Come back anytime and snorkel with us again in Kealakekua bay.
star-5
Awesome experience
Doug_W
, Jul 2021
Awesome experience! This is the second time I’ve done this and I highly recommend it. Captain Rick and fin are very accommodating and very knowledgeable of the sites. Go on the early tour they get you out there before anybody else.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Glad you had a wonderful time snorkeling with Captain Rick and Finn!! Kealakekua bay is the most popular destination so it can fill up fast with other boats and kayaks. It really helps to either get there first or get there when they all leave, like the Beat the Crowd tour does. Happy you had the bay to yourselves for the first part! Mahalo,
star-5
Exciting, informative, and FUN!
Amy_Jared
, Jul 2021
Really exciting to be with Darren and Mia! He was so knowledgeable of the history of Hawaii. Mia was so helpful with getting everyone ready for snorkeling and snacks.. They were great! Darren even went out of his way to show us a shark! Felt totally confident in their care!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
That just a great thing to say about our crew, thank you for that. Each one really wants to have the guests feel safe and confident with their skills and ability. That really is just a great thing for us to hear. Mahalo for going out with us and we are happy you had a great time.
star-5
Fun, Smiles and Fins
Kate
, Jul 2021
Awesome adventure for our family with two teens. Highlights were the dolphins, so many beautiful fish while snorkeling, and stewardship of Captain Rick and Devante. Definitely a highlight of our Hawaiian trip. Mahalo!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
They do make a great pair out there. We are happy they were able to share the beautiful Kona coast with you as well as get you into Kealakekua bay to snorkel! Hope to see you all again!
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Zodiac Adventure- fins and smiles
Kate
, Jul 2021
Our family had an incredible experience on the Zodiac Adventure. I’m not what the highlight was…playful dolphins, beautiful fish or the humor and camaraderie of Captain Rick and Devante. Thank you for the fun and laughs!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dolphins and Fish aboard the Kealakekua Bay snorkel tour in Kona Hawaii. That sounds like a great trip with Rick and Devante.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Deron is Great!
Brooke-Meng
, Jul 2021
My husband and I booked this excursion for our honeymoon on the Big Island. We both love to snorkel and were so excited to experience this in a new place together. Our tour guide, Deron, was not only highly knowledgeable about marine life and boating safety, but he also made everyone feel extremely comfortable and safe during the trip. He brought us right by a huge pod of spinner dolphins and tracked down a pod of about 50 pilot whales! After snorkeling, he took us to a handful of sea caves along the coast while telling us about the history of lava tubes, Hawaiian deities, and the islands. This excursion is well worth the money. We loved it! Thank you Deron!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
What a nice review :). Deron has so much knowledge to share and is an expert at finding animals, I'm glad your day was a success! Congratulations on your marriage!

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