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  • Address: 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA 96740, USA

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Honokohau Harbor Tours

Steep drop-offs beckon just off Kona’s coast, the dominion of pelagic beasts—marlin and billfish some topping 1,000 lbs. Most journeys to catch one begin the 262-slip marina at Honokohau Harbor, just before the entrance to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Nearly all of Kailua-Kona’s fishermen, independent sportfish tour operators as well as charter boats departing for scuba sites and popular manta and dolphin snorkeling adventures dock and depart from Honokohau Harbor. 

The full-service marina also sports two noteworthy restaurants: Harbor House, a burger and beer joint with views of vessels from their open-air dining room, and Bite Me Fish Market Bar & Grill serving seafood delivered direct from the ocean to their door. ATMs, two full service restroom blocks with hot showers and a convenience store for snacks and sundries round out the facilities here. 

Just behind the marina proper, a snaking road ends at a lava rock parking lot with a trail leading to a small beach with decent snorkeling and popular with area dog owners.

Practical Info

Harbor offices are located at 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway and a large sign announces the entrance between mile marker 97 and 98 from Highway 19—it’s three miles north of town and five miles south of the Airport. The Charter Desk, located above the marina’s fuel dock, sells spots on 60 sportfishing boats—expect to pay between $450 and $600 for a half day or $750 and $3,500 for an entire boat’s full-day charter. Most Pacific blue marlin, the big catch here, are reeled in between June and August. Tickets for most other excursions are available from booths in Kailua town. Many popular tourist activities include transport from area hotels or central locations; if they don’t, you’ll need a rental car or taxi to reach the harbor. Note: Restaurants here close between 7 and 9 p.m.

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Whale Watching On The Big Island, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Whale Watching On The Big Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Let us take you for an awesome journey on our fast 24-passenger powered catamaran that has shade to offer while spotting whales. Cruise along the coast in ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $75.00
COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch, Big Island of Hawaii, Dolphin & Whale ... 
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COMBO: Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Snorkel with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Cruise coastline and explore sea caves and other historical areas where ancient Hawaiians made history and created legends that are still being told to ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Sunset Manta Ray Snorkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 87 Reviews

A must do while in Hawaii! It's a lifetime opportunity to see up close manta rays feeding and interacting with other ocean creatures under the neon lights. ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $65.00
Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 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: Flexible

From USD $115.00
Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Day Cruises
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Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Ensure a manta ray sighting on this 2.5-hour night tour. Head out in Kona, one of the best places in the world to see mantas, to see the sunset over the water ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.30
Kona Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkeling Excursion, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Kona Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkeling Excursion

6 passengers max, no crowds! Snorkel with wild dolphins & snorkel at a coral reef. Food, drinks & gear are free.

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $100.00
Wild Dolphin And Reef Snorkel, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Wild Dolphin And Reef Snorkel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience a true Hawaiian adventure safely viewing dolphins as they travel along the coast. Along with our guide you will be able to get in the water and ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hrs

From USD $89.00
Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Snorkel and observe sea turtles and spinner dolphins at Kealakekua Bay during this half-day boat excursion from Kailua-Kona. A professional captain and crew ...  Read more

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

From USD $129.00
Kona Sport-Fishing Share Charter, Big Island of Hawaii, Snorkeling
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Kona Sport-Fishing Share Charter

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To fish or not to fish? That is not even the question. This small-group 4-hour fishing excursion is a gem of an experience just to be out on the water off the ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $127.53
Kona Sport-Fishing Private Charter Half Day, Big Island of Hawaii, Fishing Charters & Tours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Charter Half Day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Leave the island for an afternoon on this private 4-hour boating and fishing excursion off the stunning Kona Coast. Learn some new fishing techniques, as well ...  Read more

Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $589.42

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