Snorkeling Kealakekua Bay & Captain Cook monument
Exploration of sea caves, blowholes & lava tubes
Spotting a wide array of marine life over & underwater
Crystal clear, warm waters along gorgeous coastline
A high-speed raft getting you to the fun faster
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Snorkel gear (masks, fins, and snorkels)
Commentary in English
What you can expect
Explore some of Hawaii's calmest waters during a 3-hour snorkeling trip complete with sea caves, lava tubes, and spectacular marine life. With guidance from a US Coast Guard-licensed captain, encounter wildlife up close in a Marine Life Conservation District perfect for snorkeling.
Embark from the south shores of Kona and keep an eye out for lively nai’a (Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins), honu (Hawaiian sea turtles), and—depending on the season—pods of kohola (whales). The small-group tour allows you to cruise through sea caves, along cliffs and coastline, passing blowholes, cinder cones, and lava tubes. Along the way your captain espouses Big Island history, local marine trivia, and points out striking landmarks along the coast.
Arrive at the Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook Monument, a Marine Life Conservation District and where the first western explorer made contact with Hawaii. Hop into the warm Hawaiian water and explore the coral reef wall, dramatically dropping from 10 feet (3 m) to 130 feet (40 m). Often described as an “aquarium-like experience,” the Kealakekua Bay is home to a vast array of marine life, including turtles, eels, clown fish, and the humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the Hawaiian state fish.
After an hour in the water, return to the boat and bask in the sun's warmth as you enjoy some light snacks and beverages.