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Kealakekua Bay Snorkeling Tour - 4 hour Kona Zodiac Adventure


281 reviews

Location: Big Island of Hawaii, United States
Duration: 4 hours
Product code: 3196RAFT

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Captain Zodiac Raft Expeditions, 74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy Suite 16, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708This 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 minutesStop At: Honokohau Marina & Small Boat Harbor, off Highway 19, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740This 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 minutesStop At: Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiTravel 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 minutesStop At: Kealakekua Bay Marine Preserve, Island of Hawaii, HIHawaii 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 minutesStop At: The Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HIOnce 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 minutesStop At: Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, Puuhonua Rd, 82-6099 Puuhonua Rd, Island of Hawaii, HISince 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 minutesStop At: Kailua-Kona, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HawaiiOn 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
Supplier Name
Captain Zodiac
Additional Information
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 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
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
Traveler Reviews

Had a wonderful time snorkeling the bay. The captain and Maya were great although we managed to take a bit of a beating getting over to the bay. The snorkeling was amazing and they really helped me feel comfortable in the water and made sure I had a wonderful experience. 10/10 would recommend.

We had a blast! Rick and Maya took good care of us and made sure it was the best experience for everyone. Prepare for a rough ride but that is part of the fun. First humpback whales of the season!

I would highly recommend a Kona Zodiac Adventure tour with Captain Rick as your captain if possible. We were able to book a private tour for four of us to Kealakekua Bay. On our way to the bay Capt Rick took us on a quick water tour of Kona providing historical facts and pointing out local monuments. When we arrived at Kealakekua Bay, Capt Rick was able to get us into part of the bay that was less traveled and we saw the most variety of fish we have ever seen. After snorkeling we had a much needed snack with fresh fruit, cold drinks and more interesting information about The Big Island. On our way back to port Capt Rick was able to get us into several sea caves and give us the history behind rock formations and lava flows. Captain Rick was informative, an excellent navigator and was attentive to our needs the entire trip. Thanks Captain Rick!

As first time experiencing snorkeling, my wife and I didn't know what to expect. We were extremely happy with our entire experience. Checking in was easy and fast. Tre (spelling) was very helpful and answered the 50 questions I had with a smile. Captain Rick was thoroughly knowledgeable and made the five-hour experience feel like less than an hour. Captain Rick made the trip to and back from Captain Cook's Memorial enjoyable by making frequent stops to point out historical and natural markers. By far, the best part of the trip was the snorkeling. Amazing reefs and sea life. I highly recommend this tour to anyone, especially first timers.

I didn’t realize we were going to be on a raft and in the middle of the ocean as we flew across the way to get to the bay. It was very rough that day which I know was not Captain Zodiacs fault. But you have to hold onto the raft the whole time. So it wasn’t like being on a boat. Not very relaxing. But Captain Zodiac people did the best they could. We cut our trip short as it was too rough to continue to the second snorkeling spot.

Cave under a lava tube

Fish in the Corral reef

Corral Reef near Cap Cook Monument

Picture taken at the diving point

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