For some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island, visit the protected waters of Kealakekua Bay.
This remote area is also popular with hikers, who might come across the ruins of ancient temples and villages on their travels.
Dolphins frolic in the bay, and the shore is dotted with the white obelisk commemorating the death of Captain James Cook here in 1779.
Kealakekua Bay is surrounded by Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on the western Kona coast.
The easiest way to get here is to either paddle in by kayak or take an organized tour.
Tours & Tickets
Combine the magic of swimming with wild dolphins off the Kona coast with an amazing snorkel adventure in stunning Kealakekua Bay. Set out from the Big Island ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Surround yourself with beautiful scenery, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale as you paddle a kayak in picturesque Kealakekua Bay! This narrated Big ... Read more
Discover colorful fish and coral reefs in Hawaii’s crystal-clear waters on a snorkel tour that visits spectacular Kealakekua Bay, with trips to Honaunau Bay ... Read more
Set sail for a 3-hour cruise to Captain Cook’s Monument for dinner, as a local historian shares stories and legends of the sites you will see along the way. ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)