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  • Address: Kaawaloa Road
  • Admission: Free

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.

Practical Info

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.

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Kealakekua Bay Deluxe Snorkel Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Cruise the Kona Coast and enjoy a morning frolicking in the warm Hawaiian waters. Snorkel equipment is available for use and expert instruction makes the ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $142.11

Snorkel, Kayak and Dolphin Experience in the Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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

Location: Honalo, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $99.78

Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4-5 hours

From USD $109.31

Kealakekua Bay Snorkel Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the beauty of the Kona Coast at picturesque Kealakekua Bay on an afternoon snorkel cruise. With equipment onboard and expert instruction available, ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.62

Private Tour: Big Island Photo Safari

Capture Hawaii’s amazing landscapes on a photo tour with a private photography guide. One of the most biologically diverse places on Earth, the Big Island is ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: Varies

From USD $114.58

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