Honokohau Harbor Tours

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Honokohau Harbor
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.
Address: 74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA 96740, USA
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Night Manta Ray Snorkel

Have a unique Big Island experience snorkeling with manta rays on this 2.5-hour tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll take a short cruise out to the manta site, where you’ll watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunset before dipping into the water to watch the manta rays up close. All necessary equipment will be provided for your excursion, as well as light refreshments and snacks to enjoy on board. Your tour will conclude at its original departure point.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
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Guaranteed Manta Ray Night Snorkel

Swim with giant manta rays in their nighttime habitat during this 2.5-hour activity in Kona. Travel out into the seas offshore to watch the colorful Kona sunset, then jump in to swim with the docile rays as they feed on microscopic plankton. Follow your guides around the manta habitat and watch as the animals are attracted to the bright lights, creating a "manta rave" of lights, bubbles and mantas. All snorkel equipment, including flotation devices and wet suits, is included. Manta sightings are guaranteed, or you will be given a voucher for another tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kealakekua Bay and Wild Dolphin Adventure

There are few places in all of Hawaii more historic than Kealakekua Bay, as it's the spot where Captain Cook was killed in a skirmish with native Hawaiians, and the Hawaiian monarch, King Kamehameha III was born just a few miles away. The history aside, it's also one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island of Hawaii, and you'll have the chance to experience the beauty on this snorkeling tour from Kona. Search for dolphins on the way to bay while admiring the volcanic coast, and after scouring the red for coral and fish, climb aboard for a lunch that's served by the friendly crew.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Zodiac Raft and Snorkel Adventure

Splash into the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay on this Big Island snorkeling adventure! Dart in and out of sea caves and explore the gorgeous Kona coastline in an agile Zodiac raft. Snorkel among colorful tropical fish, and keep an eye out for other marine life like whales, dolphins and sea turtles. Along the way, learn about the island’s geologic history and local legends from your expert guide, and see the spot where Captain Cook first landed in Hawaii.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Wild Dolphin And Reef Snorkel

From the moment you see their silvery backs appear in the cobalt waters, to the moment you're swimming right alongside and hearing their high pitched clicks, there's an enchanting rush of tropical adrenaline that accompanies swimming with dolphins. Here off the Kona coast of the Big Island, Hawaiian Spinner dolphins are year round residents that ply the volcanic shore, and this tour offers local, professional captains who know where to look to find them. In addition to watching and swimming with dolphins, you'll also snorkel with tropical fish in some of Hawaii's clearest water, before returning back to shore in Kona with an experience you'll never forget.
  • Duration: 180 to 210 minutes
  • Duration: 180 to 210 minutes
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Whale Watching On The Big Island

Hawaii’s Big Island is home to migrating pods of humpback whales, which often breach as they build up energy for their northward migration. This narrated tour brings you to some of the best viewing grounds via 24-person catamaran. You’ll be able to hear the whales singing through the provided headphones. The tour provider guarantees whale sightings or the next trip is free.
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
  • Duration: 150 to 180 minutes
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Big Island, Kona Manta Ray Night Snorkel- Small Group

Summon your courage and plunge into the waters off Kailua-Kona to swim with manta rays. During this 2-hour tour during sunset or after dark, slip on the provided wet suit and snorkel gear and follow your expert instructor into the water. Watch as the enormous vegetarian animals, some with wingspans of 20 feet (6 meters), swim in graceful loops around you, taking in clouds of plankton for their evening meal. All gear and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Choose between sunset and evening snorkel tours; manta ray sightings are guaranteed or you can do a second outing for free.
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
  • Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
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Kona Wild Dolphin Snorkel and Reef Adventure

Limited to a maximum of six people, this guided snorkeling adventure by catamaran provides a more intimate experience of Hawaii’s marine life and coral reefs than is possible on a larger group tour. The schedule is customizable, but swimming near wild dolphins, coral reefs, lava tubes, and sea caves and trenches are typically on the itinerary. All snorkeling gear, snacks, and drinks are provided.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Share Charter

Sport fishing fanatics and those who want to learn won't want to miss this four-hour, family-friendly fishing boat excursion off the coast of Kona. You'll not only get a chance to learn fishing techniques and try your hand at catching local fish, but you'll also learn about local history and culture.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Large Group Charter Half Day

Go on a half-day sport fishing excursion on the Big Island. This large-group charter is led by a knowledgeable captain and crew equipped with all the gear you’ll need to reel in yellow fin tuna, big eye tuna, striped marlin, ono, spearfish, or mahi-mahi. Enjoy a fun and relaxing outing that’s perfect for the whole family—even those who just kick back on the deck and soak up the sun.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Guaranteed Whale Watch in Kona

Go on a whale-watching adventure on this 2.5-hour cruise in Kailua-Kona. Board a 48-foot (15-meter) Delta boat in Honokohau Harbor, and set sail on the water to try and spot whales in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales, which all might make an appearance during your cruise.  
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Whale Watching Charter

From December to March Humpback Whales visit our Hawaiian waters to mate and raise their calves. We will listen to their song and witness their playful behavior!
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Charter Half Day

Charter a private boat and set out to sail with this four-hour private excursion from Kona. You'll have the chance to fish for marlin, tuna, and mahi-mahi using on-board equipment with the support and guidance of an expert captain and crew. Alternatively, you can simply use your time at sea to relax, sunbathe, swim, and snorkel.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Wild Dolphins and Reef Snorkel Kealakekua Bay

Snorkel in Kealakekua Bay and visit the sea caves during a 3.5-hour aqua adventure from Kailua-Kona. Board a boat in Honokohau Harbor to meet your local captain and crew. With a group of 18 people or fewer, travel to a marine life conservation area in Kealakekua Bay, stopping at a few local landmarks and listening to interesting commentary from your captain on the way. If conditions allow, enter the sea caves, unusual rock formations only accessible by water. Dive in wearing the provided snorkel equipment and look for pods of friendly spinner dolphins, sea turtles and native tropical fish. Lunch, refreshments and use of all snorkeling equipment are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Charter: Customizable Big Island Boat Adventure

The Kona coastline is an aquatic playground that's filled with possibility, whether it's snorkeling with manta rays, searching for dolphins, or watching whales in winter. For an exclusive, comfortable, and private way to explore the Kona coast, this rugged, catamaran-style boat is perfect for small group excursions—since the itinerary and activities are completely catered to only you and your group. Along with a professional, knowledgeable captain who can recommend fun-filled activities, experience a private charter in Kona that you and a group of up to 24 people are sure to never forget.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Charter Full Day

The Kona Coast is one of the best spots for sport fishing on Hawaii’s Big Island. On this full-day charter cruise, enjoy a tailor-made experience for you and your group. Pack a picnic lunch and set sail around the Big Island; try your hand fishing for striped marlin, bigeye tuna, or spear fish; and learn fishing tips and techniques to maximize your chances. This tour is completely customisable so you can spend as long as you like fishing or simply relax on deck and soak up the scenery.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Private Charter - 6 Hours

Spend six hours sport fishing off the coast of Kona with this private charter out to sea. You'll be joined by an expert crew who can teach you all about angling and fishing techniques as you fish for ono, spearfish, bigeye tuna and striped marlin. Alternatively, you can spend your time snorkeling and swimming in the cool waters off shore.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Fishing for Marlin and Tuna

Fish for local species off the coast of Kona during this half-day charter. Get as little or as much help as you wish angling for marlin, tuna, and other smaller game on request. The local captain will take you to the best possible fishing spots and you'll be using top-of-the-line equipment, which gives you the best possible chance to land your prize vish.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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One Tank Manta Night Dive

Enjoy some of Kona’s most experienced crew who cater to all levels of certified divers. We schedule up to 6 divers to oneDivemaster, so each trip feels private and personal. We also have over 40 dive sites to choose from! 2 tank afternoon andnight reef dive charters leave the Honokohau Harbor at 3:30 pm and usually return around 8:30 pm. Must be a certified diver.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter Full Day

Spend the day out on the water off the Kona Coast on this 6-hour, private, large-group boating and sport-fishing excursion. Learn how to fish like a pro, as the captain and crew offer tips and techniques to catching the big one. The waters off the Big Island are swimming with blue marlin, striped marlin, bigeye tuna, ono and spearfish, among many others. Sit on the boat, fishing or just relaxing, and take in the deep-blue view.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kona Sport-Fishing Large Group Private Charter - 6 Hours

Learn how to fish like a pro, whether you're a beginner or already an expert angler, on this private large-group 6-hour charter excursion off the Kona Coast. Get some fishing and angling techniques from the friendly captain and crew and then cast your line out hoping to catch the big one. Snag a bigeye tuna or mahimahi or even a blue marlin and be the envy of the boat. Or just sit back and enjoy the shimmering blue sea on this relaxing half-day excursion off the Big Island.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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