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  • Location:Honalo, Hawaii
  • Duration:Varies

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

Surround yourself with beautiful scenery, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale as you paddle a kayak in picturesque Kealakekua Bay! This narrated Big Island tour will take you through a marine life conservation district on your way to the Captain Cook Monument at Kaawaloa Point. Along the way, your guide will highlight Hawaiian temples, burial caves, sea cliffs and much more. When you reach the monument, go for a hike, enjoy lunch or a snack and dive into the clear blue waters for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.


  • Kayak and snorkeling tour in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island
  • An unforgettable Hawaiian adventure!
  • Kayak through the bay to Captain Cook Monument with your local guide
  • Spot Hawaiian spinner dolphins and humpback whales
  • Snorkel in the clear blue water
  • 5-hour tour includes lunch; 3.5-hour tour includes snacks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I was blown away by how close the spinner dolphins got to my kayak on this tour! And it was awesome seeing colorful coral, sea anemones, turtles and eels while snorkeling near Captain Cook Monument.

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What You Can Expect

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

Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay

Experience Kealakekua Bay’s beauty and wildlife on either a 6-hour or 3.5-hour kayaking and snorkeling tour. Your guided Big Island adventure starts at Napoopoo Landing, where you’ll hop in your kayak and paddle through the bay toward Captain Cook Monument at Kaawaloa Point. Along the way, catch glimpses of playful Hawaiian spinner dolphins while you soak up the tropical atmosphere. Keep your eyes out for the occasional humpback whale, too!

As you paddle, your guide will tell you the historical background of the island and point out natural features like the Pali o Kapu o Keoua (towering sea cliffs), Napoopoo Beach and the remains of the village of Kaawaloa.

When you reach Captain Cook Monument, leave your kayak on the shore and spend time exploring the great Hawaiian outdoors! On the 5-hour tour, you’ll have two hours of snorkeling time (one hour each in two separate locations) and one hour of hiking before refueling with lunch at the monument. The 3.5-hour abbreviated tour includes the same, but with only one hour of snorkeling and a quick snack instead of a lunch break.

Both options end with you and your guide kayaking back to Napoopoo Landing.

Customer Reviews

Noreen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was my husband's favorite tour on our vacation. Michela sp? and Zach were outstanding guides. The snorkeling was outstanding. Thank you!

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable of the island and the lore surrounding Captain Cook. He was careful to help the older members of our groups on rocks and slippery slopes, and ensured everyone knew what they were doing with the kayak. We got to snorkel at two different places near the monument, and lunch was good. Nothing more for which you could ask!

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great experience with a great guide that knew the history. Using a two man Kayak went to Captain Cook monument. On the way was stopped twice by dolphins swimming around us. When arriving at the Monument did some of the best snorkeling we have seen anywhere in any of the Hawaiian Islands.

After lunch got more history of the area. And again on the way back was encountered by the dolphins again.

This was one of the best tours we have ever taken.

jona b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The tour was great and had an authentic, non-tourist flair to it, like a Hawaiian friend was taking me kayaking. Loved it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Even though we didn't see any dolphins...apparently every other day they were out there...we still had an amazing time. Snorkeling spot by the Cook Monument was one of the best spots on the island and only accessible by boat, kayak or very difficult hike...makes this tour worth it!

Luciana c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Unmissable if you are on the Big Island. Saw spinner dolphins and lots of colorful marine Life. But go early. Tends to get crowded at the end of the morning.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was super cool, one of the few companies allowed on the marina. The tour guides were super cool and amazing. Definitely a must do with the tour company!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

great experiance! friendly staff and our guide was great! would definately recommend doing this tour

Richard B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Rabbit and Crickets were alot of fun!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

What a great way to spend a morning on the Big Island! The kayaking was done at a good pace and we took frequent breaks to listen to our guide "talk story" and tell the group some Hawaiian history. John, our tour guide, was super nice, informative and knowledgeable. The snorkeling was amazing. There were so many different types of fish and sea life. On the kayak journey back, spinner dolphins were all around us! It was such a great experience.
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