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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

Discover the best snorkeling off the Kohala Coast on this 3.5-hour Big Island snorkel cruise. Aboard a comfortable catamaran, admire Hawaii's postcard-worthy beaches and keep an eye out for dolphins and whales. Then, dive into the pristine Pacific waters for a chance to see beautiful tropical fish, pristine coral reefs and green sea turtles. Enjoy personalized service from your expert captain and crew and indulge in a continental breakfast, deli-style lunch and open bar for a wonderful all-inclusive experience.


  • 3.5-hour snorkel catamaran cruise along the Big Island's Kohala Coast
  • Visit several pristine snorkeling sites
  • Enjoy a light breakfast while learning about Hawaii's marine life from your expert crew
  • Be fitted for your provided snorkeling gear, ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Come face-to-face with green sea turtles, a variety of tropical fish and coral reefs
  • After snorkeling, eat lunch and enjoy the open bar on board!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Our local supplier customizes the snorkel location each day based on the best conditions for viewing wildlife. Also, sometimes the cruise doubles as a dolphin and whale-watching cruise!

What You Can Expect

Big Island Snorkel Cruise Along Kohala Coast

Sail to snorkeling sites and black-sand beaches!

After pickup from your Waikoloa-area hotel, you'll be taken to the nearby port to board a sleek catamaran for your 3.5-hour snorkel cruise.

Your expert captain will take you to one of the Big Island’s best snorkeling sites such as Honoko'ope Bay, 6th Hole, Turtle Bay, Puako, Keawa'iki, Luahinewai or Crystal Cove. The spot you visit depends on the weather and visibility on the day of your tour.

While you soak up the fresh air and admire the scenery from the boat, enjoy a breakfast of juice, pastries and yogurt and listen as your crew tells you about the Hawaiian marine life you’ll discover while snorkeling. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales, as they're a common sighting on this snorkel trip!

Crew members will also explain how to use your provided snorkeling gear before you are fitted with your mask, snorkel and fins. When the boat stops and you jump in the water, they'll join you to help with any final mask adjustments and make sure you are comfortable. You can then follow them around the reef or explore on your own.

Look for green sea turtles and admire the colorful varieties of tropical fish, and then swim ashore to one of Hawaii’s famous black-sand beaches if you wish.

Back on board, enjoy a deli lunch and an open bar. Relax with some drinks and build your own sandwich, add a Caesar salad and nibble on a chocolate chip cookie to refuel after your snorkeling adventure. You can also try your hand at steering the boat under the guidance of your captain as you make your way back to port.

Customer Reviews

Sue O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The snorkel tour was really good. The crew was very knowledgable about the island and the fish. We saw lots of beautiful fish and coral. We even saw whales very close to the boat! Unfortunately, we did not see any turtles. FYI - if you book a tour with this local tour operator, you get discounts on other tours, shops and restaurants in the area. Check out their web site. I wish we knew this in advance.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great crew and wonderful experience. Boat was clean and well stocked. Got to see sea turtles and my daughter saw a reef shark! Highly recommend.

Seth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had such an amazing time! The guides were a lot of fun, helpful and super nice. It was only my second time snorkeling and they made me feel very safe. I will highly recommend this to all of my friends. Thanks again!

Victor Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful spot to snorkel! The crew and the boat were great. Would go again!

Ann P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I already responded to this right after our trip. It was a fabulous snorkel trip. The captain and crew could not have been better

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

If you are looking for a fun, relaxing day of sailing and snorkeling, this is for you! The crew are fun, knowledgeable, and snorkel with you to ensure you see all the right spots. The fact that the crew are with you is also great for novice snorkelers. The catamaran was spacious and clean, and the open bar well-stocked.

Monte J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Service on the catamaran was awesome. It was the first time for me and I felt very safe. We saw eels, turtles, the state fish, and so much more.

Leslie M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great Comfortable Catamaran. Crew friendly and helpful. Great dive spot, not some where you could get to by shoreline dive. We were fed and treated great before and after. Bar opens after your dive, great beer on tap! along with island drinks.

Samuel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The crew and boat were all great. Whale season is a wonderful time to visit and take this tour.

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